When added to an HVAC system, UV lights sanitize and purify the air distributed by your system. UV lights can be installed in the compressor or ductwork. As air passes through the UV light, viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants are neutralized on a molecular level and eliminated from the air as it makes its way throughout your home.
There are two main types of UV lights for HVAC systems:
Coil sanitizing lights are designed for AC units that sit near evaporator coils that hold refrigerant. Because this area can be prone to moisture, it has the potential to become an ideal environment for mold and bacteria to breed. Adding UV lighting to this area will reduce the development of these contagions.
Air sanitizing lights are placed in inside ductwork. These UV lights sanitize the air within the ducts before it circulates throughout your home.
The benefits of adding UV lights to your HVAC environment include:
Contact us today to see how UV lights may compliment your HVAC system as well as how affordable it can be!
We all know that air filters are an essential part of an efficient HVAC system. Filters reduce dust, pollutants, allergens, and "large" particles from passing through your system. But even the best air filters cannot stop particles less than 0.3 microns. UV lights supplement your air filtration system to provide an extra layer of protection, even against contaminants that are too small to be captured by filters.
Air filters are the most basic and economical piece of any HVAC system. There are many types if air filters to satisfy a broad scope of needs.
Fiberglass air filters are disposable and the least expensive type of filter. They reduce strain on HVAC systems when drawing in air and keep large particles out of your system. However, they are less efficient at blocking smaller particles and contaminants. If you or members of your family suffer from allergies or have respiratory conditions, basic fiberglass air filters may not be powerful enough to relieve or prevent respiratory symptoms. These filters land on the lower end of MERV ratings, typically 4.
Pleated air filters are made of cotton or polyester folds similar to an accordion. These filters are slightly more expensive than fiberglass filters, but they are more effective at filtering dust and other small particles like pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. Pleated air filters typically range in MERV ratings between 5-8.
Hight-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are recommend for homes with family members that live with allergies or other respiratory conditions, HEPA filters are more expensive than fiberglass and pleated air filters but they are the most effective at capturing and blocking up to 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, and other irritants. Look for filters that are rated MERV 11 or higher. However, bear in mind that the higher the MERV rating, the more difficult it is for your HVAC system to pull in air and can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of your system. If preventive care for allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions is a top priority for you, then you may want to consider a UV light filter.
Media filters can provide more benefits than standard filters with high MERV ratings. Media filters provide the same level of filtration as a highly-rated MERV filter, but without the negative consequences of airflow. Media filters are thicker than other traditional filters which increases the surface area capable of capturing airborne contaminants. Media filters are easy to maintain and great for filtering bacteria and other small airborne pollutants. These filters are more expensive upfront, but only need to be changed once or twice a year, making them more cost-effective in the long run.
Don't forget to change your air filters! Air filters should be replaced as often as every month if you have pets.
Ducts are like roads and highways for your HVAC system, routing air throughout each room, nook, and cranny in your home. Just like poor roads can hold up traffic and cause a big mess, so can poor ductwork, rendering even the best HVAC system useless. Proper duct installation and maintenance is essential to an effective HVAC system.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, "Knowledge about air duct cleaning is in its early stages, so a blanket recommendation cannot be offered as to whether you should have your air ducts in your home cleaned." That said, they go on to confirm that duct cleaning should be considered if:
Other maintenance may be required like ensuring all seams are sealed and there are no holes or other failing segments. Contact us today to determine if your ductwork is up to par and the best way to keep it healthy. We are not here to talk to into or out of anything but what is absolutely best for your unique situation.
Keep your ducts in a row! Duct cleaning may only be necessary in severe cases, but other maintenance like sealing and patching may be needed as the result of wear and tear.
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