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Tips For Better Indoor Air Quality

Tips For Better Indoor Air Quality

You are inside your home most of the time during your life. The average person is in their home 12 or more hours a day. The air quality inside it is essential to you and your loved ones. Your air conditioner can dramatically change your home’s air quality for better or worse. It can damage your body, and it can damage a home. A clean and properly maintained air conditioner can help with these issues.

How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

Contact a licensed HVAC contractor to help you address indoor air quality problems. Proper maintenance of your HVAC system can easily manage common issues, leading to better air quality.

HEPA AC Filters

Filters are the first defense line again irritants. It stops the debris, dirt, dust and anything else floating around in the air. The filter protects the air conditioning unit’s evaporator coil from getting dirty and you breathing it in. There are many sizes and types of filters. The MERV rating is important. The higher the MERV, the more it will catch. HEPA filters (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) are more robust, effective, and preferred. HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97 percent of airborne particles, making them highly effective air sanitizers. The filters comprise fiberglass fiber mats, which trap particles as an air stream flows through. The effectiveness of a HEPA filter largely depends on the diameter of the fiber and the filter’s thickness.

HEPA filters trap particles using several different approaches. First, they intercept particles as the air flows through the filter, and particles near a fiber are caught and trapped. In addition to seeing debris, increasing airflow and curving the air stream can instigate impaction, as the particles directly collide with the fibers and are caught. Diffusion is a process that uses gas collision to separate the tiniest particles, slowing them down as they pass through the filter and increasing their chances of getting caught by a fiber. Because of HEPA filters’ high-efficiency level, they are commonly used in the medical sector to remove bacteria and prevent contamination. They are often used in clean rooms and highly sanitized hospital wards. We now use this technology in your home.

Ultraviolet Lights for Air Conditioners

Germicidal or UV Lights for HVAC systems kill the DNA of germs, viruses, mold spores, bacteria and fungi as they pass through the air handler system.

A strategically placed UV light effectively kills close to one hundred percent of these harmful pollutants. Installing a UV HVAC system in your air handler provides a cost-effective method to clean all the air as it passes through the system.

How UV Lights Clean Indoor Air

UV lights for HVAC are designed to use a particular wavelength of light, 254 nanometers absorbed by microorganisms’ DNA. After exposure to UV light, the organisms cannot produce the proteins they need to survive. Although the UV light does not kill the germs immediately, it nullifies their ability to cause harm and shortens their life span considerably. These lights are now used in hospitals, commercial buildings and cruise ships.

Air Conditioner Units with Humidity Control

Rheem has designed air conditioner units that control humidity. Humidity can destroy a home with mold and cause an unhealthy environment. Controlling the humidity can prevent mold and control dust mites. Dust mites are the bane of allergy sufferers. About ten percent of the population is allergic to them, while around eighty percent of those with allergies are allergic to dust mites.

Dust Mite Removal Services

They’re also tough to kill. Yet dust mites can be killed by extreme temperatures and humidity levels. Let’s look at what environmental conditions can kill them and how to use this information to eliminate dust mites in your home.

Dust mites love humidity levels of 75 to 80 percent (relative humidity). They can survive at humidity levels of 55 and 65 percent. Humidity levels below 50 percent kill them. This is because they don’t drink water like most animals we see. Instead, they absorb moisture directly from the air.