We think of our homes as a refuge, a safe place to protect us from the dangers of the outside world. When it comes to the air inside our homes, however, the exact opposite may be true. According to the Report on the Environment (ROE) produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollutants such as mold can have concentrations 2–5 times higher inside than outside. On average, most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. People with allergies and respiratory issues? They stay indoors at an even higher rate.
So what should you do about mold and other contaminants?
The best solution may be the installation of an ultraviolet (UV) air purifier system.
What Is a UV Air Purifier?
UV air purifier systems consist of UV fluorescent lights that are installed in and around your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system where bacteria, viruses, and mold typically form. This means installing them within ductwork as well as near cooling system coils. As opposed to filtration systems which capture pollutants, UV light kills these microorganisms. While UV light from the sun is what causes sunburns, the amount produced by these systems is not great enough to pose a danger to people.
Benefits of a UV Air Purifier
UV air purifier systems are not particularly complex or large. To achieve maximum efficiency, however, you’ll want to have air purification specialists perform the installation and subsequent maintenance.
Mold is in the air both outdoors and indoors, but usually in concentrations which are only a minor irritant. Mold can grow and spread more quickly indoors because it’s usually darker, and there’s higher humidity.
In these cases, serious health problems can occur for those with respiratory problems and allergies. That’s why a UV air purifier system is so effective: It kills up to 99.9% of mold spores. While installing this system won’t remediate serious cases of existing mold, it can help prevent the onset of these problems.
Does your home smell musty no matter how many times you clean it or open windows to bring in fresh air? If so, a UV air purifier can help with this problem. That’s because the source of these smells may be bacteria that is located within ductwork and other interior spaces. These systems kill up to 87% of airborne odor-causing bacteria, and the result will be cleaner, fresher air.
HVAC System Efficiency
The efficiency of your HVAC system is reduced when mold spreads through it. As coils become fouled, the system must work harder to produce cool air. In addition, this means the coils will have to be cleaned more often. If mold becomes established in ductwork in large quantities, your HVAC system will also have to work harder to push air through it.
If you suspect the air in your home is compromised, the first step is to schedule a professional inspection of your HVAC system. Our trained technicians have the skills you need to ensure the best air quality possible.
Contact MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling for UV air purification systems in Kansas City, KS, today!