Homeowners are becoming increasingly more concerned about the quality of air they breathe indoors and for good reason. The air inside your home can be far worse for you to inhale than the air outside. This is because of a number of things including: building materials, mold, pet dander, and skin cells that are recirculating throughout your home. While our regular air filters, that should be changed frequently, do help that do not catch everything. If fine mold spores slip through the filters and set up house in the ductwork they can grow much bigger and be circulated throughout the house every time the A/C is on.
Your options for protecting the air you breathe are as follows:
UV Lights (Biocide Chamber) – Ultraviolet lights come in three varieties – UVA, UVB & UVC. Fortunately for us, we are protected from the most harmful light giving off from the sun by the Earth’s atmosphere, but it is extremely effective in killing harmful bacteria & viruses. When the UV lights are installed above and below the air conditioning coil they kill anything and everything before it has time to reproduce and cause any damage at all.
Benefits of UV Lights:
- Reduces mold and mildew
- Reduces or eliminates allergens – which helps with asthma & sinus problems
- Keeps Coils germ-free and sanitary
- Lowers coil corrosion, which lowers the chance of a Freon leak
Electronic Air Cleaner – UV lights are great and as you have just read, have many benefits, but the one drawback is that they are ineffective on non-organic material. For that, you will need an electronic air cleaner. This type of cleaner uses a charged surface to attract airborne particles and force them to stick to a surface instead of being recirculated through the air. Electronic air cleaners function as a secondary filter to the traditional air filter and, while more expensive than a traditional air filter, they pick up tiny particles and microorganisms that a traditional air filter misses.
Benefits of an Electronic Air Cleaner:
- It delivers fresher, cleaner air to your entire home.
- It is safe for the environment – has zero ozone emissions
- Removes more than 95% of allergy aggravating particles
- Requires no cleaning
- It is compatible with any HVAC system and does not have air scrubbers
If you want maximum air quality control the best thing would be to have all 3: traditional air filter, UV Lights and an electronic air cleaner. That way all your bases are covered and you know you are breathing the cleanest air possible. For more questions about indoor air quality solutions call Carmine’s at 203-791-8089.