Fighting germs with HVAC systems gives you an easy and dependable way to reduce your risk of spreading infectious diseases at home. In fact, health facilities, schools and commercial buildings have used their HVAC systems for years to curtail infectious diseases. The same equipment is now available for home use at affordable price.
Bacteria and viruses are solid particles that can be trapped by air filters, which stops them from circulating. If you use thin, inexpensive filters, consider upgrading them to denser filters. Unless your HVAC equipment is old, buy the pleated filters with the “better” or “best” ratings. If you’re not sure, consult the owner’s manual or your HVAC technician about the densest filters your system allows.
If you want the highest level of protection from infectious diseases, ask your HVAC professional about installing a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration system. It attaches to your HVAC system and filters all the air in your home served by your ductwork.
Besides helping combat germs, a HEPA filtration system will help allergy and asthma sufferers by lowering the overall airborne particulate count. The filters do need periodic replacement and cost considerably more than a standard air filter.
Large facilities are more likely to use ultraviolet (UV) lights because they’re easy to use, energy efficient and a cost effective way for fighting germs with HVAC systems. UV light is the spectrum of sunlight that sanitizes. It alters the DNA of organic particles exposed to it, including viruses and germs.
Your HVAC contractor can install UV lights in the blower compartment and ductwork for your HVAC system. As air passes over it, the UV lights attack the outer shell of the organic particles, rendering them unable to reproduce. Besides infectious diseases, UV lights are effective on mold spores, volatile organic compounds and pollen. UV lights need periodic cleaning and need to be replaced annually.
Your HVAC system is the natural way for fighting germs with HVAC equipment. For more information, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, providing HVAC services for Monmouth County homeowners.
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