I’m talking about your immediate environment – your home. As spring approaches, I’m reminded by either friends or people out and about that allergy season is here. While I can’t help you control the dust and pollen outdoors, I can definitely help you control the flow of allergens through your home’s comfort system.
Inside our homes, excessive moisture can create mold, pets can dust every surface with their dander, carpets collect anything and everything that can be considered an allergen, dust collects in hard to reach places, and unpleasant microorganisms love to seek out various places to crop up in. I’ve talked about these things before, but it doesn’t hurt to throw in a reminder, especially in case you’re reading my article for the first time.
A rather simple solution for helping maintain a healthier indoor environment is a UV light that can be installed inside your air handler. And just to point out, your air handler happens to be best place for collecting all the aforementioned allergens. Why? The air handler is dark and moist inside, and provides the perfect environment for their proliferation. A UV light uses the ultraviolet C wave (like the sun’s) to help sterilize the inside of the air handler and reduces the output of these unhealthy thins back into your home. If you already have one installed, that’s great news. Just make sure that it gets inspected regularly and that old and burned out bulbs are replaced with new ones. Your HVAC contractor should have a few options that you can consider to help you decide what air purification method can better suit your home and budget.
As always thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com