UV Air Filtration for Your Home

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Americans spend 90% of their time indoors where air pollutants — including mold, dander, chemicals, bacteria, smoke and dust — are two to five times more concentrated than outdoors. Extreme levels of pollutant concentration result from poor or nonexistent ventilation, cleaning agents and inadequately maintained HVAC systems.

Clean air is critical at home and in schools, offices and other buildings. At best, poor air quality can lead to strong odors. At worst, it can irritate asthma and allergy symptoms, cause headaches, fatigue and dizziness, or even spread bacteria and viruses that could lead to or worsen some illnesses. Proper air ventilation is the best way to ensure your indoor air remains clean, safe and enjoyable.

What Is UV Air Filtration?

UV air filters are either stand-alone systems or attach to your existing HVAC system. Most use ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and short wave UV-C light to actively target and deactivate airborne particles and pathogens, like mold and bacteria. Some businesses are even using UV air filtration to minimize the spread and infection rate of highly infectious viruses. Though this process doesn’t remove pathogens from the air, it can neutralize, reduce indoor pollutants and improves overall air quality.

Most residential UV air filtration systems are low-pressure mercury vapor lamps. Depending on the type of emitter the system uses, you may or may not be able to see the UV light in your HVAC system while operational. Please note, UV lights can become ineffective if not installed properly or if you fail to maintain the unit once in-place. Schedule regular inspections and have a professional replace them as needed. Always follow manufacturer guidelines for exposure, use and safety.

You may need to replace your UV bulb a few times over the course of ownership. Always use a manufacturer-recommended bulb or consult an HVAC technician, as inadequate UV lamp coatings can be harmful.

Should Homes Have UV Air Filtration?

UV air filters are not necessary for a clean home, but they can make significant improvements. For people with preexisting conditions or who have difficulty breathing, these improvements could lead to a better quality of life at home. Because they cannot trap or eliminate particles, UV air filters do not replace standard particulate filters, which are passive — they enhance them, like a secondary defense. Together, filters and UV technology can create a safer indoor environment for you and your loved ones.

Types of Home UV Air Filtration Systems

Although there are stand-alone UV air filtration systems, most of what we install, maintain, and service are systems in your existing HVAC system. UV filters usually run continuously as the fan circulates to have a continuous feed of clean, healthy air to the whole home. Some UV lights provide sterilization to the air conditioning coil or supply air purification.

Coil Sterilization

The inside of your HVAC system has a coil that condenses moisture from the air to provide cooling and reduce humidity during the cooling months. While the HVAC unit gathers air, debris and bacteria pass over these coils during the condensation process, potentially creating mold and pathogens that either sit or project back into your airflow. Coil sterilization technology uses stick-shaped UV lights to sterilize the coil, preventing this buildup. There are single-lamp or dual-lamp configurations depending on the type of evaporator coil in your HVAC system.

Air Purification

Air purification technology uses the same germicidal irradiation but works from inside the ductwork. These systems target the supply air that moves through ducts to provide either cooling or heating to your home. When you turn your fan on, the UV air filter automatically begins to operate and continues purifying the air until you turn the fan off again.

Since these systems work from the inside out, they effectively target air throughout your home. Continuous runtime provides constant air purification while keeping energy consumption low.

Benefits of UV Air Filtration

Benefits of UV Air Filtration

UV air filters can go a long way in helping you create a safer, healthier home or business. These are a few reasons you might consider installing one in your home:

  • The air will be cleaner: If you’ve ever walked into a room and been immediately overwhelmed by stagnant or foul-smelling air, you know how uncomfortable it is. The cleaner your air is, the less likely you are to circulate strong odors through your home, like burned food, mildew, tobacco smoke, pet smells and chemical cleaning fumes. UV air filtration units can help deactivate potentially odorous pathogens before they can reach your nose.
  • They create a healthier environment: UV air filtration creates a healthier environment by deactivating viruses, mold and bacteria, creating fewer irritants in the air and minimizing the spread of contagions. This makes them a great choice for long-term residential and commercial use.
  • It can prolong the life of your HVAC system: Clean air inside your home and ductwork will reduce the amount of buildup that occurs over time. Using an active filtration system like a UV light, your passive air filter will do a better job at capturing the neutralized particulates in your home.

How to Get a UV Air Filtration System

Coil UV air filtration systems must be installed next to the evaporator or cooling coil, with lights directed at the coil. This helps minimize or prevent mold and algal growth that occurs from condensation.

A professional HVAC technician can inspect your existing HVAC filters and identify whether or not you’re already using UV technology as a whole-home filtration system. If not, they are trained to install the best option for your home and needs. They also know exactly where to install units for maximum effect.

Our technicians can help to identify critical air concerns in your home and create a plan of action to improve air quality. Contact us and ask about UV air filtration options, or consider adding it to your next planned maintenance agreement appointment or a free estimate.

Contact Zimmerman Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to get UV Air Filtration in your home

Contact Zimmerman Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to Get UV Air Filtration in Your Home

Zimmerman Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business serving homes across Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle and Camp Hill. Our team consists of highly trained, fully licensed, bonded and insured technicians committed to maintaining our high standards for service and installation. We’re so confident in our results that we guarantee a one-year warranty on all parts and labor, no matter the service. We also offer convenient financing options and savings offers to help you get the most out of your service appointment.

Contact a member of our team today to learn more about our UV filtration installation process and get one step closer to improved air quality.

Why Is There a Burning Smell When I Turn on the Heat? 

Why Is There a Burning Smell When I Turn on the Heat? 

When winter approaches and the temperatures start dropping, you’ll likely fire up your heating system for the first time in many months. While the feeling of warm air is enjoyable, it’s sometimes accompanied by a burning smell that can be strange or unpleasant. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to call the fire department, but you shouldn’t ignore the smell, either. Some odors are normal, and others are signs of potential danger.

Keep reading to learn about the various smells that can occur, what they mean and whether they require any action.

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Why Are My Electric Bills So High in the Winter

If you rely on a heat Pump or electric to heat your home, you could be in for a surprise.

Utility costs can soar when the temperature dips, especially for homes whose primary heat source is electric. A typical home’s biggest energy consumer is the HVAC system then followed by the water heater. Compound that with a high cost for electric, heating a home and water can result in a shocking (pun intended) bill during the winter.

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How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?

Plus steps for making sure the new filter has been installed properly. 

It’s a question we receive all the time, ‘How often should I change my air filter?’, and every homeowner with a forced air system should have a rough idea of how often their air filter should be changed. Unfortunately, it’s not so cut and dry because every home and HVAC system is different. Once you know how to change your air filter, it should be a simple but important task to keep your system running smoothly while providing you with cleaner air. Read more

Why Is Your Upstairs so Hot in the Summer While the Downstairs Stays Cool?

Reasons for a Hot Second Floor and How to Cool It Down

Temperature differences from the first floor to a second floor can cause significant discomfort in your home. The most common rationale for a warmer second floor is that “heat rises”. Although true, this is far from the main culprit of an uncomfortable upstairs and there is plenty that can be done to even the temperatures in your 2-story home. Don’t wait until summer to correct this issue. If you’re wondering how to keep your upstairs rooms cool, read on.

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Common Causes of Poor Household Air Quality

When most of us think about air pollution, we usually consider outdoor pollutants like exhaust fumes from combustion engines and smoke from factory smokestacks. Yet it may surprise you to learn that indoor air can be up to 700% dirtier than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Everything You Ever Wanted or Needed to Know About Hard Water

Maybe your water is looking a little cloudier than usual. Perhaps you’ve started to see a ring around your bathtub at the waterline or a white buildup on your bathroom fixtures. You might be finding it hard to get your dishes clean. Or, your skin and hair have lost their luster.

All these issues are consequences of having hard water in your home. They can be annoying, as with water-spotted dishes, or they can make you feel uncomfortable, as with itchy, irritated skin. Left untreated, hard water can also cause costly damage to your pipes and appliances.

Fortunately, you can remove hardness from your home’s water, and we’re here to tell you how. Read on to learn more about what hard water is, how it affects your body, clothes, housewares and appliances, and how to get rid of hard water in your home.

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What can a fresh snow tell you about your home’s comfort?

One improvement that can make a big impact on your energy use all year round.

It’s a beautiful scene after a Central PA snowfall. The trees are glistening and there’s a calmness outside. Of course, you have to get outside to shovel the sidewalk or driveway, and don’t forget to throw some snowballs at the neighborhood kids. But be sure to take a closer look at your house, the snow might give you a clue to your homes comfort.

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What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat to in Winter?

Winter weather is not far away. As you anticipate seasonal changes and the adjustments made to accommodate them, you might start thinking about putting flannel sheets on your bed, swapping your short-sleeved shirts for sweaters and perhaps treating yourself to a thick robe and a new pair of slippers before the coldest days arrive.

Those changes are all common and valid, but it’s also a good idea to think about setting your thermostat to a different temperature in the winter. Here is some helpful information to guide you through the specifics of taking that step. Read more

How to Use Your Senses to Diagnose HVAC Problems

Unless you’re an HVAC/Central Air professional or an engineer, the idea of confronting problems with your heating and cooling may sound daunting. You may have received advice in the past that says that unless you have these advanced qualifications, you can’t possibly know how to identify problems with your HVAC system. And that if you want to try, you’ll first need to wade through pages of dense technical books and web content to find the answers you’re looking for.

We don’t believe these assertions are always true, because there will always be the occasional problem that crops up that only a true professional can diagnose, many everyday hiccups in your system do not require this level of prior knowledge. With nothing more than the information we’ll share here and your five senses, you can easily diagnose and fix many HVAC problems, all without needing a background in the subject.

Today, we want to walk you through some of the problems you may encounter in your heating and cooling systems. Some of them you can fix yourself while others require a more professional touch, but all of them are issues you can diagnose on your own. Read more