Molds exist everywhere and grow naturally outdoors. Unfortunately mold is easily brought into buildings through the ventilation of your heating and cooling systems, and the condensation created by these systems provides the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria to thrive. If you have allergies or asthma, molds may be a health concern for you – as molds can cause eye irritation, cough, congestion, and sinus issues.
But there is a way to combat mold and in turn be healthier – with the installation of Germicidal UV lamps. By using UV lamps, molds are reduced and the air that is brought into your home is cleaner.
How does it work?
Basically the UV lamps serve as a disinfection method that kills microorganisms. By eliminating these microorganisms, air-born contaminants like mold and bacteria can be greatly reduced, leaving you with much healthier air to breathe.
There are options of UV lamps for installation, such as a single lamp or double lamp model, which has a higher output. UV lamps should be installed by a professional dealer, because the location of the lamp is critical for optimal operation.
Carrier’s UV lamps have another benefit as well – they help improve your system’s performance. When mold is allowed to build up on your coils, airflow can be reduced by as much as nine percent - so when the coils are kept clean with UV lamps, the system functions better.
Other maintenance issues to consider when implementing a UV lamp system:
- High quality air filters
UV lamps will work best in conjunction with a clean system, so use high quality air filters and change them regularly.
- Regular scheduled maintenance
Have systems inspected and maintained by a licensed HVAC technician twice yearly to make sure all components are in good condition.
- Manage humidity levels
Keep the relative humidity levels in your home below 50 percent to control dust mites and not more than 60 percent to control mold.
- Lamp replacement
Replace the lamps as directed by the manufacturer – usually every 12-18 months.
Consider installing UV lamps to improve the air quality in your Minnesota home. They are easily installed, maintained with relative ease, and will make a difference in the air you breathe.