HVAC System Cleaning & Allergen Control

Posted on: 30 April 2020

An HVAC system is able to produce a powerful flow of air that can cool and heat a house in a very short amount of time. It is the ventilation system that consists of multiple air ducts that makes efficient airflow possible, but it also comes with the concern of dust mites and other allergens easily flowing throughout a house. Too many allergens flowing through the air can cause someone who has allergies to feel miserable in their own home, such as by having to sneeze a lot and deal with watery eyes. If anyone has been experiencing such symptoms in your household, it might be time to take steps towards cleaning the air that flows from the HVAC system. Cleaning the air can be done with help from an HVAC contractor, and there are a few ways in which he or she can carry out the task.

Reducing Allergens with UV Lights

The installation of UV lights is one of the methods that some homeowners use to reduce the number of allergens that flow in the air from an HVAC system. UV lights are especially helpful when it comes to allergens from mold and bacteria growth, which is a common problem that comes along with running an HVAC system. A contractor can place the lights in strategic places, such as the coils and air ducts to prevent mold and bacteria from accumulating in large amounts. The lights can also eliminate mold spores that are already circulating through the coils and ducts. A contractor might also suggest that the HVAC UV lights are installed directly inside the HVAC system air handler.

Maintaining a Clean Air Filter

Other than removing allergens via the installation of UV lights, it is also important to pay attention to the condition of the air filter to an HVAC system. The filter is important because it is actually used to catch allergens that flow through the system when heating and cooling a house. If you don't ensure that the filter is cleaned on a regular basis, allergens such as dust, pet dander, and other things will accumulate in large amounts. The UV lights will likely be more effective if you keep the filter clean or replace it when it is necessary.

Clearing Debris Out of the Air Ducts

Hiring an HVAC contractor to clean out the ducts plays an important role in keeping allergens out of the air in your house. People in your household might not only experience more allergy attacks when the ducts are dirty but might not get to enjoy the fullest extent of air that the system is able to produce. For example, as allergens accumulate in the ducts, it makes it more difficult for air to pass through.