April 13, 2020

Airborne irritants in your residence, including viruses, bacteria, dust, and pollen, may cause a range of medical conditions such as certain types of asthma, allergies, sinus problems, and respiratory issues. Following steps to improve the quality of air inside your home reduces the chances of having these types of problems.

Your HVAC System and Indoor Air Quality

Your HVAC system circulates air throughout your home to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The components of the system are ideal places for viruses and other airborne irritants to thrive. Whatever grows on the equipment will likely be circulated into your home. These airborne irritants are most often drawn in from the outdoors as this is where the air comes from for your heating and cooling systems. The most common places for viruses and airborne irritants to thrive are your humidifier, coil and condensation pan.

HVAC Maintenance Helps Control the Growth of Viruses and Other Airborne Irritants

Semi-annual HVAC maintenance for homes in Monmouth County reduces the proliferation of viruses and other airborne irritants. When the service is performed by an experienced technician, it includes an inspection of the coil, blower, condensation pan, humidifier, and other components. If any standing water or excess moisture is found in these areas, the technician cleans the equipment and looks for any source that may cause a build-up of water. A professional from Primary Service Group in Maplewood can perform this service and explain any repairs or upgrades that are needed.

Control the Humidity Level to Protect Your Home

Viruses, bacteria, mold and other irritants need moisture to reproduce and thrive. Maintaining the proper humidity level inside your home reduces the likelihood of having an abundance of these biological contaminants. The ideal range for humidity inside your home is 30% to 50%. Your humidifier should have a reading to indicate the current level. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can purchase a gauge for indoor use that tells you humidity levels. You may want to have several of these devices placed at different locations in your home because humidity levels may vary from one to another. Also, look for any places in your home with standing water such as under the sinks and in showers. If you find any leaks, Primary Service Group offers water line repairs and drain cleaning for Monmouth County residents.

Air Duct Cleaning to Control Viruses Inside Your Home

As viruses, bacteria, and other airborne pollutants collect on your HVAC equipment, some of these irritants are dislodged and moved through the ducts. As the air passes through the ducts, the viruses and other contaminants stick to the walls of your ducts where they begin to thrive once again. The passing air also collects viruses and pollutants from the walls and circulates them into your home. The team from Primary Service Group offers air duct cleaning for Monmouth County residents to remove any viruses and airborne pollutants from inside their ducts. This service also helps with dust, debris, pollen, pet dander, and other substances.

How HVAC Filters Help with Viruses and Airborne Pollutants

The filters of your HVAC system are designed to filter out dust and other substances before the air is circulated through the system, but not all filters work the same way. HEPA filters are considered the gold standard for residential use. They are rated as trapping up to 99% of all airborne irritants, but viruses are very small. The filters may trap viruses, but one thing to remember is that the filters don’t kill viruses. Rather, the viruses will be active for a period of time based on the life expectancy of the virus. This can be longer than one week. If you are using HEPA filters in your home, protect yourself against any contamination when handling the filters. Be sure to wash your hands and take care not to inhale any substances that may be released as you handle the filter.

Air Cleaners for Viruses and Other Airborne Contaminants

Air cleaners for residential use typically employ the same type of filters that are found in your HVAC system; therefore, expect limited performance for removing viruses. The air cleaners that seem to work best for viruses are commercial grade and cost-prohibitive for the average homeowner.

Increasing the Volume of Outdoor Air to Reduce Viruses and Other Contaminants

The air inside your home is recirculated to maintain even temperatures. This means that any viruses and contaminants stay trapped, especially in new homes that are sealed for energy efficiency. Your HVAC system can be adjusted to draw in more outdoor air to be circulated throughout your home. This reduces the density of any airborne pollutants. It’s an especially good approach if someone in your home has been ill recently. A technician from Primary Service Group can make the adjustments to your HVAC system to increase the volume of air that is drawn in from the outside.

Adding Ultraviolet Light Air Purification to Your HVAC System

Ultraviolet light indoor air purification systems have been used in the HVAC industry for several years, and they are reported to destroy more than 99% of airborne irritants, including viruses, bacteria, mold, and pollen. Each substance that is targeted by this type of system is vulnerable to a specific dosage of UV light to be rendered inactive. These technologies are excellent complements to HEPA filters and other measures that you could take to improve air quality inside your home.

Installing a UV Light for Indoor Air Quality

UV lights for viruses and other contaminants inside your home can be installed by Primary Service Group in the air return or air handler. When the light is installed in the air return, the UV light is powered on when the fan starts to run, so it does not operate constantly. As the air passes by the light, the UV rays deactivate the contaminants. A UV light that is installed near the air handler coil is on constantly. The mechanism controls the growth of viruses, bacteria, mold, and other biological contaminants. These types of ultraviolet lights are considered more economical for homeowners in Monmouth County, yet they are not as effective as devices that operate across the entire system. If you are interested in UV lights for your HVAC system or other options, a technician from Primary Service Group has the professional expertise to help you make an informed decision.

Primary Service Group serves residents of Monmouth County and surrounding areas of central and northern New Jersey. Our residential services include plumbing, heating, and cooling for your home, including air duct cleaning and routine maintenance. We carry a full line of HVAC equipment, including air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, thermostats, and high-efficiency packaged systems. If you are interested in improving the indoor air quality of your home and protecting your family against viruses and other airborne irritants, we can help. Our technicians will evaluate your HVAC design and equipment and recommend steps that you can take across the system to improve air quality. If you require this sort of assistance or you need repair, maintenance or installation in any of the categories mentioned above, call our office in Maplewood today.

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