We all want to breathe clean air, but the definition of “clean” can vary from person to person. Not everyone is sensitive to mold, bacteria, and other indoor allergens. But for some people these things can cause serious problems. The simple thought of bacteria and mold growing and /multiplying in your home’s ductwork then in turn being circulated into the air you’re breathing inside your home can be scary!
If this sounds like you, keeping the air you breathe pure and clean is a top priority. Inhaling these little invisible pesky contaminates is not good for your health – or your sanity! Especially now more than ever when we are spending most of our time inside the comfort and safety of our home.
Enter the UV Filtration System! This amazing contaminate fighting machine lives on the inside of your HVAC system and collects indoor allergens and contaminates that your regular HVAC filter can’t. The UV filtration system works by capturing biological and chemical contaminates such a mold, bacteria, viruses and unwanted odors (some of which can be harmful or toxic). In turn, you receive pure, safe, and clean breathable indoor air circulated throughout your home.
If you are considering exploring the many options available for a UV filtration system to help control your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ), let’s go over some information and things to look for.
Let’s Talk About Your First Line of Defense – a Media Filter
Before you start researching all the details about UV filtration systems, you should know that UV lights are not your only option to defend your home against all of those nasty indoor allergens you want to get rid of! First, you need to make sure you capture the particulate matter (i.e. dust, smoke, pollen) which is where your HVAC system’s filter comes into play. Your HVAC system’s filter is responsible for capturing all the “junk” (particulate matter) in the air in your home.
This is why we recommend installing a media filter in your return ductwork. The media filter will work in conjunction with indoor air quality products offering you great preventive measures and protection against those pesky indoor pollutants!
A media filter can trap tiny particles … even particles down to the size of .1 micron in size (or more for some filters). Just for reference that is about 700 times as small as human hair and even includes particles as small as tiny little mold spores!
The media filter has already captured many of the harmful contaminates for you. Using a media filter in conjunction with a UV filtration system will let you rest easy and not worry about only relying on the UV filtration system to kill the contaminates in your air..
UV Lights for preventing microbial growth
Your air conditioning system is made up of two coils. One coil lives on the outside of your home and you’re probably very familiar with where it is located. The other coil, which is rarely ever seen, lives inside your dark and wet HVAC system. Those two words – dark and wet are two words we try to stay away from when we are talking about microbial. Throughout the cooling season, water condenses onto the coil causing a wet environment which creates the perfect conditions for microbial growth. If microbial growth starts to occur inside your system, your system’s fan can then blow the microbial growth into the duct work to be distributed in the air throughout your home.
Look for a UV filtration system that specifically targets microbial growth on the AC coil as well as keeping the coil in direct UV light at all times.
Even if your HVAC system is not running, rest assured that UV filtration systems continue to run 24/7 therefore providing you with continuous protection.
UV lights are a great and are a highly recommended preventive measure. They are designed to help keep the bad stuff from growing in the first place. On the other hand, if it is unfortunately already there, they help to destroy it making your air clean.
UV Lights to Purify Your Breathable Air
If someone in your home has allergies or asthma, you always want to keep the air you are breathing safe, clean, and pure. To help keep your air up to these standards, you need to do more than just keep the coil inside of your HVAC system clean. Some UV filtration systems are equipped with special carbon cells which activate and help to remove unwanted odors and potentially harmful VOCs.
To put it simply, UV filtration systems do not just assist with microbial growth on the coil. They are specially made to eliminate most or all common indoor air pollutants that you can find in your home.
What Do We Recommend for the best Air Filtration?
Since you are probably wondering – yes, we certainly do have a preferred UV filtration system! We highly recommend and prefer the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier (pictured above). This fantastic indoor air quality product not only kills the microbes on your AC coil, but it also captures VOCs and potentially harmful chemical odors. It does all of the things that we look for in a UV filtration system. Did we also mention that it is completely maintenance free? One less thing for you to have to worry about as a homeowner! When the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier is paired with our recommended media filter this duo is sure to provide your home with clean, safe, and pure breathable air! The kind of air that you deserve.
You Should Go Ahead and Get that UV Filtration System
You deserve it. However, while UV filtration systems are extremely effective in treating against indoor air pollutants, you also want to make sure you have completed the indoor air quality basics.
- Sealing your ductwork to prevent attic or crawlspace air circulation
- Checking your home to see if air is entering from unwanted areas such as your attic or crawlspace
- Changing and/or washing your air filter per manufacturer’s specifications
- Controlling your air humidity with a whole-house dehumidifier or variable speed HVAC system
- Annual HVAC system maintenance for both your heater and AC system