Does My Home Need a UV Air Filter?
Does My Home Need a UV Air Filter?
February 1, 2018
We spend so much of our time at home. It makes sense for us to make sure our indoor environment is as healthy as it can be. Keeping your home clean is a step in the right direction. But it is just as important to make sure you have good air quality. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a viable factor in health. If the air quality in a home is poor, it can negatively affect members of your household. It can especially impact those who already suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD.
Unfortunately, air pollution in homes is often far more concentrated than outside air and filled with invisible contaminants. This problem has been recognized globally, which is why there has been a surge of different air cleaners, from standing air cleaners to HVAC filters, developed by manufacturers and implemented by HVAC services, all in an effort to help promote clean air.
One product in particular that has been on the rise is ultraviolet, or UV, air cleaners. These are unique in how they operate compared to other air cleaners. That’s because they’re placed within your HVAC unit alongside your usual air filter to clean air as it is being circulated. The IAQ experts at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric have come up with a list of benefits from using UV technology.
Effective Germ Removal
Many air cleaners simply catch the contaminants in the air with the use of paper or plastic filters. They then have to be removed from the home manually. UV air filters kill a large variety of contaminants on sight, eliminating mold and mildew spores, bacteria, and viruses as the air passes through the HVAC unit.
UV air filters cover a larger area than most air cleaners as they work in tandem with the air filter in your HVAC unit. This provides full-house coverage for air purification, as where most standing air cleaners only can handle the dust and spore load of the one room they are in.
The air filters in your HVAC typically must be replaced between one to two months, depending on how heavy your usage is. With standing air cleaners, the filters must be cleaned out once a week and then replaced every 3-4 months. A UV air cleaner however, has an approximate lifespan of a year, providing long-lasting solutions that you don’t have to make a chore out of!
HEPA air filters and standing air cleaners are expensive to begin with. Plus, the cost of replacing filters for both can stack up quickly within a year. Purchasing a UV air filter and having it installed is indeed an investment. However, upkeep thereafter is as simple as replacing the bulbs and occasionally having it checked for efficiency. Using a UV air filter over a standing air cleaner helps save on space. Even better, UV air filters are also silent while standing air cleaners often make noise.
If you or any members in your family are feeling the effects of poor IAQ or suffer from respiratory conditions, a UV air filter can provide a permanent fixture of relief in your HVAC system that will provide clean air to the entirety of your house!
Does a UV air filter sound like something you could use as you’re looking to make your home’s air cleaner? Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric has indoor quality experts on hand that have the knowledge and tools to test your IAQ. Call us any day of the week from 7AM to 11PM at 1-800-937-6736. You can also fill out our online form to get started today!