The Importance of Air Flow Quality

importance of air flow qualityThe air you breathe indoors should be a vital respite from the harsh air outside, which is full of allergens, dust and pollutants (especially if you live in a big city). You would like to think the air being circulated indoors is cleaner than the air outdoors, making it better for the respiratory health of you and your family. Unfortunately that’s not necessarily the case, with certain types of pollutants potentially being up to two to five times more concentrated inside your home than they typically are outdoors.1

Air ducts and vents are prone to acquiring dust, germs and bacteria if they’re not thoroughly cleaned. Attempting to clean your vents and ducts yourself can exacerbate the issue, further polluting your home with harmful contaminants. An effective solution to killing harmful bacteria and germs is using the power of UV light.

Improving Indoor Air Flow and Quality with UV Lighting

Ultraviolet technology has been used in water purifying treatment applications for its ability to eliminate bacteria and germs. UV treatments can also be used on air ventilation systems to achieve the same effect. UV lamps are great for use in residential, industrial and commercial buildings.

Mold and its spores love to grow in dark, damp places, and your ventilation system is one of its favorite spots to grow. UV technology utilizes germicidal UV lamps to disinfect vents through low-pressure mercury vapor tubes which are inserted into your ducts to emit UV light at a wavelength that is deadly to microorganisms like mold.

The lamps treat both the air and surfaces where bacteria and organisms reside. Lamps are installed by boring a hole in the duct wall and inserting brackets that the lamps attach to. The lamps work best when your system is on and filtering air past it, ensuring bacteria in the air is eradicated as it passes.

UV lamps need to be installed by professionals, as each HVAC system is different. A professional will examine your system and note the following when developing your UV light solution:

  • The size of your ducts or plenum
  • The length of the duct or compartment where the lamp will be inserted
  • Air speed flow measured in cfm (cubic feet per minute)
  • Average air temperature

UV room sanitizers are an alternative to UV lamps. Sanitizers can be fitted to ceilings or walls with options for portable and mobile use. UV sanitizers work by drawing air into the device through a washable electrostatic particulate filter where it is exposed to germicidal UV light. Purified air is then dispersed out of the exposure chamber through a louvered exhaust panel.

Breathe Clean Air with Kay Heating & Air’s HVAC Services

Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is your leading provider of clean air solutions with certified HVAC technicians and the latest clean air technologies. We provide quality indoor air cleaning solutions designed and installed by our professional technicians. In addition to indoor air quality services, we also offer comprehensive HVAC services, including:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Heat pumps
  • Gas furnaces
  • Package units
  • HVAC maintenance and repair

Our technicians are on call 24/7 to ensure you receive quality, affordable repairs, installations and servicing. Contact us today to schedule service or an installation estimate!

1https://cfpub.epa.gov/roe/chapter/air/indoorair.cfm

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