No matter how clean you keep your Dayton area home, microbes and fungal spores will be present in your indoor air. Every building has a certain amount of mold and bacteria — this is normal. Problems can occur when mold or bacterial growth begins to accumulate beyond trace amounts in your indoor air, or in hard-to-clean places such as air ducting. Filtration systems employing UV lights are an effective way to reduce micro-organisms in your home.
Microbial overgrowth can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, and infections can occur if microorganisms are spread via air ducts. If these biological pollutants are allowed to multiply unchecked, they can also degrade the efficiency of HVAC appliances by blocking filters, clogging cooling fins and coating the surface of cooling coils. If pieces of microbial growth fall into the drainage pan, they also can block your A/C’s drainage line and eventually cause water damage.
It’s well known that sunlight is an effective disinfectant. This is because sunlight contains powerful ultraviolet radiation that breaks down cellular structures, including the cells of microorganisms. While they don’t have the disinfecting power of sunlight, UV lights can help to limit the growth of mold and bacteria in your forced-air system airflow and on HVAC components. UVGI filtration systems use UV lights to break down these biological pollutants.
Used in tandem with air filters, UVGI cleaners will reduce levels of bacteria, viruses and molds that are often associated with allergies and other aliments. They can also reduce the biological pollutants that sometimes affect the efficiency of air conditioning systems and other HVAC appliances.
Of course, people with allergies to biological pollutants may experience a reaction even once the spores are dead, so UVGI cleaners should be used in conjunction with air filtration and other air cleaning and quality improvement measures.
Established in 1978, Detmer and Sons, Inc. is proud to provide the Springfield and Dayton areas with our expert HVAC and home comfort services. To find out more about improving air quality in your Southwest Ohio home, please contact us at Detmer and Sons, Inc.
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