HVAC Shop-Applied Antimicrobial Coatings
Antimicrobial Coatings For Ductwork: A Long Term Solution
When an HVAC system’s ductwork becomes contaminated with mold, this can trigger allergies and asthma, and cause even more serious health issues for people in the building. Expensive HVAC repair or replacement costs are likely and, when dealing with ductwork problems, this process can disrupt operations throughout the facility.
Silver Bullet AM™ with Agion® Technology is a powerful solution! In a recent study by the University of Tennessee, Silver Bullet AM™ was able to completely eliminate the spread of dangerous pathogens. In another study conducted by the University of Arizona, Silver Bullet AM™ was proven to be 99.9 percent effective against a variety of destructive bacteria.
Just one application provides long-lasting surface protection against a host of microbes that include E. Coli, legionella, listeria, salmonella, and more.
Silver Bullet AM™ for Antimicrobial Ductwork
Silver Bullet AM™ with Agion® Technology contains an EPA registered silver/copper ion antimicrobial compound that can protect coated surfaces from a broad spectrum of bacteria, mold, mildew, algae and fungi. This high gloss, high durability, water-based epoxy works by disrupting the reproduction and inhibiting metabolism of microbial cells.
Two Application Methods
This antimicrobial ductwork coating can be purchased in one gallon or five gallon buckets in clear, black, or white. Silver Bullet AM is also available as a clear HVAC antimicrobial spray.
No matter which application method you prefer, this coating system is ideal for HVAC ductwork, as well as in areas where severe chemical washing occurs, such as handrails, restrooms, food service areas, and commercial door handles. The stable ion exchange process of this product represents a significant improvement over standard organic antimicrobials that dissipate rapidly.
Silver Bullet AM™ is water-based and VOC-compliant, formulated for long-term performance in today’s challenging indoor settings. It can be applied with ease to metal, and concrete surfaces, dries within a few hours (20-60 minutes tack-free), and cures completely within a week.
How Mold Gets Spread
HVAC systems circulate air to warm up a building in winter and cool it down in summer. Through this process, mold spores from the building’s walls, ceilings, and surfaces get pulled into the HVAC equipment. Once they get into the ductwork, the mold itself gets circulated along with the air, which distributes these spores throughout the building. Plus, in damp places within the HVAC system itself, mold can mix with dust and other contaminants, which then can cause a problem within the equipment. In these situations, bacterial growth can also occur, compounding the issues.
As the HVAC ductwork becomes increasingly more contaminated with mold and bacteria, it naturally spreads even more of these substances throughout the facility. Once the contamination reaches a certain level, cleaning it becomes too challenging and the HVAC system typically needs to be replaced.
Antimicrobial Coatings as a Proactive Approach
Preventative maintenance seldom addresses mold that’s growing deeply within the ductwork where it can’t be seen. There, it can continue to grow without interruption, despite the routine maintenance that’s being done in more easily seen areas of the duct system.
Fortunately, when the issue of mold and bacterial contamination is proactively addressed, there is a highly effective, long-term solution: HVAC antimicrobial coatings. Although it’s possible to order new ductwork that’s already been coated with antimicrobials, factory-coated duct systems can be expensive and delivery times can be long. Shop-applied antimicrobials are a cost- and time-efficient solution.
When HVAC protective coatings are applied to new ductwork as a preventative measure, additional benefits include: extending the life of your ductwork and less maintenance by making it easier to keep your ductwork clean-which results in overall cost-savings during the lifetime of your HVAC system.