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How UV Lamps Help to Improve Indoor Air Quality

How UV Lamps Help to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Over the years, HVAC systems have become more efficient at saving you money on your utility bill. But as they provide efficient air conditioning, has air cleaning efficiency improved as well? Air filters and air purifiers work hard to keep your air clean, but if you want to reach the optimum level of air quality, UV lamps are worth considering. Here’s how UV lamps installed as part of your HVAC system in your Semmes, Alabama home, will allow you to breathe comfortably again.

What is a UV Lamp?

An ultraviolet lamp consists of a bulb that emits ultraviolet light from within your HVAC system. While filters and air purifiers work to decrease airborne hazards from running through the duct system, a UV lamp attacks the mold and harmful bacteria that can grow inside your unit, particularly on and around the air handler coils and on or inside any insulation around the system. The ultraviolet light kills mold and bacteria before it can become airborne and enter your home. The UV technology that could be installed in your HVAC system is the same technology used to sterilize hospital rooms and restaurants. It is also used to sterilize water in some cases. It is harmless to you, but it can rid your home of dangerous hazards.

Benefits of Installing a UV Lamp

Not only will a UV Lamp drastically improve the air quality in your home by attacking mold and bacteria at its source, but it also will increase the efficiency of your system. It is able to do this by freeing up the airflow that can be hindered as pollutants spread or accumulate. It will, therefore, keep your air clean and help to lower your utility bill. In addition, UV lamps are easy to install, and a single UV bulb will last about a year. It is therefore a good idea to have your HVAC technician change the bulb during the annual HVAC maintenance visit. If you have more questions about UV lamps and how they can keep your air clean, or if you’d like a UV lamp installed, give Air Specialty a call today at 251-545-3337.  
3 Common AC Condensate Drain Problems

3 Common AC Condensate Drain Problems

The humid Gulf Coast climate means that here in the Mobile area, your air conditioner has to work even harder. As the demand on the air conditioner increases, so does the demand on your condensate system. Warm air that passes over the evaporator coil is cooled, cooling your home in turn. As that water vapor condenses, it drips, and is collected in a pan and drained from the air conditioning unit. However, as the process occurs, various condensate drain problems can develop, which can cause health problems for your family, or damage to your home.

Mold Growth

The drain tube that leads away from the A/C drain pan is almost always damp during the summer cooling season, making it an ideal environment for mold growth. Mold spores can be detrimental to your family’s health, so it is important to keep your condensate drain clean and flowing freely so your indoor air quality is not affected by mold.

Drain Trap

The condensate drain has a U-shaped trap similar to the trap below your kitchen sink. The condensate drain must work effectively so that water flows properly out of the system. Traps can become blocked or dry out. If water does not flow through properly, mold, mildew and fungus can develop. This can also cause sewer odors and gases to back up into your home. To prevent this, ensure the trap is inspected, cleaned and maintained regularly.

Leakage and Flooding

If mold, algae growth or other debris obstruct or block the condensate drain line, the condensate pan can become filled with water and eventually overflow. The resulting flooding can damage flooring, drywall, and air conditioning equipment, especially if it goes unnoticed for a long time. Including condensate drain system inspection and cleaning in your seasonal HVAC maintenance agreement can prevent the above problems and help your system perform more efficiently. If you have concerns about your condensate drain, or need any other air conditioning repair service, call (251) 545-3337 to speak with the pros at Air Specialty.
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