As you spend more time at home this spring, you may notice the air in your home feeling stagnant or not smelling great. Especially as the temperatures warm up and you start using your air conditioner after months of disuse, you should be aware of how to prevent indoor air contamination and improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) for the benefit of your family’s health.
What is IAQ?
IAQ measures the quality of the air within and around your home. Your IAQ is very important to the health and comfort of those in your home, especially while family members are staying safe at home and may be spending more time indoors during temperamental spring weather.
How does IAQ impact health?
The moist environment of your HVAC unit and whole-house system can be the perfect breeding ground for dangerous mold, mildew, and bacteria. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is actually one of the top five environmental health risks in this day and age.
If your home has a poor IAQ, at the least you may notice a bad odor, and at the worst you could experience health issues like dizziness, fatigue and flu-like symptoms from the spread of mold and microorganisms.
How can a UV light help?
One major factor that can improve your IAQ is an UltraViolet (UV) Germicidal Lamp. The Centers for Disease Control recommends following their guidelines to use UV light to prevent air contamination, as it penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms present in your HVAC system, causing cellular damage to kill the cells or prevent them from reproducing. A UV system can even help control other common household odors from pets, cooking or smoking.
How can I get a UV Germicidal lamp?
Contact the HVAC experts at Heat Relief today to have your UV Germicidal Lamp and System installed by a licensed professional. We know you’ll want to install a UV light system if you are ready to:
- Provide a healthier living environment for your family
- Kill mold and mildew on contact in the air handling system
- Improve your system’s efficiency, which can help reduce operating costs and extend its life
As an essential business, Heat Relief is open and ready to serve our Portland, Oregon community. Contact us today online or at (503) 877-1713 to get your UV light system installed or schedule other maintenance services.