Can an AC Unit Be Disinfected?

Can an AC Unit Be Disinfected?

April 10, 2020

It’s important to take the proper precautions to keep yourself and your family healthy, and one of the most underrated things you can do to improve everyone’s health in your home is maintain clean air ducts. You’d be amazed at how many germs and contaminants can build up in the system.

There are some steps you can take to prevent these contaminants from building up to unsafe levels, including methods of decontamination and disinfecting. Yes, believe it or not, an AC unit can be disinfected in Altoona, PA! Here’s a quick overview of some of those steps.

Keep air moving

If you keep air circulating, it will be much harder for contaminants to build up inside your home. However, during the times when you’re relying on your HVAC for controlling the temperature, you’re mostly using recycled air. This is when it becomes important to occasionally open up some windows to freshen things up, or to use ventilation fans to get stale air moving out of your home. Having fans running can help keep the air circulating while also making the room more comfortable in warmer temperatures.

Keep humidity under control

One of the main reasons why winter is the flu season, aside from an increased amount of time spent indoors, is the lack of humidity in the air. While you never want too much humidity in your home, as it could result in mold growth and breathing difficulties, you do need to keep a minimal level of humidity in your home to prevent a buildup of dust and contaminants. According to some studies, homes that have a humidity between 40 and 60 percent have fewer flu germs on surfaces. Other effects of sufficient humidity include reduced issues with dry and itchy skin and fewer respiratory problems.

Ultraviolet light

You may or may not be aware that ultraviolet light is a powerful tool to fight against airborne germs. The technology for ultraviolet light filters and germ killers has gotten much more sophisticated over the years, while also becoming more affordable for the average household. Therefore, you may consider adding some disinfecting UV lights in combination with other sanitizing methods around your home. You’ve probably noticed UV disinfecting lights at restaurants and in hospitals, and you can find many different types of UV applications for the home as well. One is a wand-like device that you shine at surfaces. You can also implement UV technology directly into your HVAC system.


You can improve the quality of your air filtration by investing in something beyond just your standard furnace filter. You can find single-room air purifiers that significantly cut down on the number of airborne particles that float through the air. You can also find HEPA filters that work for individual rooms or whole homes that do a fantastic job of removing microbes and viruses, not to mention dust, mites, allergens, dander and pollen.

Yes, your AC unit can be disinfected, from the coils to the ductwork and more. For more information about our services, including AC coil disinfection, contact the AC technicians at Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating, Inc. in Altoona, PA today.

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