Next Generation Disinfecting & Sanitizing Technology

HVAC Directions for Use

FOR ANTIMICRIOBIAL CONTROL IN HVAC SYSTEMS AND AIR DUCTS (INCLUDING ODOR CAUSING BACTERIA). IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW TO USE THIS PRODUCT IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH ITS LABELING THE PERSON APPLYING THIS PRODUCT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FOLLOWING THESE DIRECTIONS UNDER BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.

If you need help in understanding any part of these instructions or have additional questions after reading these instructions, DO NOT APPLY THIS PRODUCT until you have received the answers for all of your questions.

Inspection:

Prior to inspecting, cleaning, treating, repairing or otherwise working on the HVAC or duct section, the HVAC system should be turned off or the section under repair physically isolated from sections in active use. Prior to any application of PRODUCT the system must be inspected for cleanliness and mechanical condition.
When initiating any measures to repair, clean or treat HVAC system components or air ducts, industry standards from the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE), National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and other organizations must be followed. HVAC systems should be routinely inspected for cleanliness by visual means. The NADCA Standard, Assessment, Cleaning and Restoration of HVAC Systems (ACR 2002 or the latest revision), provides minimum recommended inspection frequency schedules for ducts and other system components. More information on NADCA standards can be obtained from the NADCA web site at www.nadca.com.

Cleanliness Inspection:

According to NADCA Standards, HVAC system cleaning must be performed when any of the following conditions are found in the cleanliness inspection. If any of these deficiencies are found during inspection, cleaning in accordance with industry standards must be performed prior to the application of PRODUCT. At a minimum, these standards require removing all loose soil and debris with a HEPA filter equipped vacuum cleaner and complete cleaning of soil from all heat exchange surfaces using a special cleaner formulated so as to clean such soils effectively yet not damage heat exchange components or release unpleasant or potentially damaging fumes.

Contamination:

HVAC systems should be operated in a clean condition. If significant accumulations of contaminants or debris are visually observed within the HVAC system, then cleaning is necessary.
Likewise, if evidence of microbial growth is visually observed or confirmed by analytical methods, then cleaning is required. If the HVAC system discharges visible particulate into the occupied space, or a significant contribution of airborne particles from the HVAC system into the indoor ambient air is confirmed, then cleaning is necessary. Heat exchange coils, cooling coils, air flow control devices, filtration devices, and air-handling equipment determined to have restrictions, blockages, or contamination deposits that may cause system performance inefficiencies, air flow degradation, or that may significantly affect the design intent of the HVAC system, require cleaning. Drain pans must be free from slime and sludge or other contamination. Badly rusted or corroded drain pans must either be repaired or replaced.

Fans and Fan Housings:

Must be free from accumulations of microbial growth and particulate matter.

Filters:

Must be in good condition and cleaned or replaced as needed to avoid exceeding the allowable pressure drop for the equipment. If you need help in understanding existing industry standards consult the information at www.epa.gov (search on “HVAC Systems” or “air ducts”). In addition, the following association and society Internet sites should be consulted for information on standards and guidelines they have developed:
ACCA – www.acca.org
ASHRAE – www.ashrae.org
NADCA – www.nadca.com
NAIMA – www.naima.org
SMACNA – www.smacna.org.

Mechanical Inspection:

PRODUCT must be used only on HVAC system components and air ducts in sound mechanical condition as defined in 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 (below). The HVAC system components must be designed and installed in conformance with industry standards and guidelines. Prior to using the Product, inspect the HVAC system and ducts and assure that they are in sound mechanical condition. The following general guidelines, supplemented by industry standards from SMACNA, NAIMA, ASHRAE, ACCA and other organizations, must be followed:

Air Leaks and Mechanical Defects:

The equipment housing, cabinets and ducts must be free from air leaks and other mechanical defects. Air leaks will promote condensation of water that causes microbial growth and will lead to failure of PRODUCT to protect the system adequately.

Design and Installation:

ASHRAE, SMACNA, NAIMA and other industry organizations have established guidelines and standards for the design and installation of HVAC and duct systems. You should determine that the system components you wish to treat conform to industry practice. If you are not knowledgeable of industry guidelines and standards, consult a qualified professional. In some situations, the inspection may reveal that a component of the HVAC or duct system is badly damaged or in such poor operating condition that it cannot be corrected through cleaning and/or minor repair. In these situations, the system should be replaced or rebuilt in conformity to the applicable industry standards prior to using PRODUCT. Some (but not all) of the conditions that would indicate the need for major repairs or replacement of the system include: Improper size of system or component: The system and all components must be sized to achieve correct airflow and be of the proper capacity for the load. When air-handling equipment is changed or new inlets or outlets added, the size of all components in the system should be recalculated and replacements made as needed.

Physical Damage:

Crushed or physically damaged equipment may leak or fail to perform as designed. Deformed air ducts will restrict airflow and may leak (especially at joint areas). Damaged equipment must be repaired or replaced or if there is extensive damage, the entire system should be replaced. Badly corroded metal components: Including duct sections, housings and cabinets, coil assemblies, drain pans, fans and their housings and heat exchange surfaces.

Loose, Damaged, Friable or Missing Insulation:

Insulation is important in preventing moisture condensation and subsequent growth of bacteria and other organisms. If insulation (either interior or exterior) is damaged, missing or not properly fastened it must be repaired or replaced or the associated duct sections replaced. Air handler, mixing, and VAV box housings are also normally insulated and this insulation should be checked for damage in a like manner. Removed components that are contaminated with bacteria and other microbial growth may spread contamination while being removed from the building. To prevent this, smaller items should be placed in plastic bags that should then be sealed before being removed. Larger items that cannot be safely packaged should be treated before being moved through occupied spaces. An appropriately labeled disinfectant can be used during treatment. Care must be used during treatment to assure that fumes from the agent being used are not released into occupied spaces. Products used should be used according to their label directions.

Before creating a program for use or for any additional information or clarification,
please contact MPI at 1-310-684-3839 to discuss the specific application and situation.