For the last several years, the hot summers have meant one thing for millions of people - staying cool. In most cases, families were focused on finding a way to cool off their home, and other factors concerning their AC units beyond its ability to do so were secondary to all else. But today, there are other things to think about.
Air quality matters tremendously, and the level of air pollution in a home could have serious impacts on the health and well-being of those with allergies, asthma, and other breathing related issues. Things like pet hair, dust, pollen, and more can all linger in the air and find their way into the lungs, and AC units often just cycle them through the air at a steady pace. But today's UV technology has new been applied to consumer AC units, creating a much cleaner living space and providing air quality that is unmatched.
UV air filters are just what the sound like. Instead of the traditional air filters that use a fiber weave to block debris particles as they cycle through the system, UV air filters utilize ultraviolet lamps. These lamps are designed to kill organisms and enhance the capabilities of standard filter systems. It's a two-stage process that provides much cleaner air.
Thanks to today's insulation and energy-efficient homes, heating and cooling bills are lower than ever. But a side effect of these modern building methods is that air is trapped inside, which can let it build up dangerous levels of mold and bacteria. Traditional filters can reduce dust and pollen, but have little effect on these contaminants. UV air purification systems actively kill them, however, and as a result they're an important addition to any home.
Best of all, these systems are quick for hvac professionals to install and will pose no risks to your family or reduce the efficiency of your current AC unit in the least. They're actually installed inside the HVAC system vents, which places them out of the way completely. As air is sucked into the vents, it passes through the filters and then through the UV light. As it does so, the air is cleaned thoroughly before it re-enters your home.
One of the biggest concerns that most people have is that these UV filter systems will increase their energy bill, essentially negating the energy-efficient steps they've already taken. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. The units require roughly the same amount of energy that a 40 watt light bulb would require, so their impact on your bill is minimal. And since they actually remove mold and other contaminants, they can increase the efficiency of your AC unit and may lower your bill in the long run.
Your family deserves to stay cool during the hot months, but they also deserve to breathe clean, fresh, safe air. With a quality AC unit featuring UV filter technology, they'll get the best of both worlds and be able to enjoy the summer no matter what the outdoor temperatures may be.