Air Filters vs. UV Germicidal Lights

Achieving high indoor air quality in your house poses some difficulties in Texas weather. The best way to have better quality air is through increased ventilation: opening up windows and doors to allow fresh outside air in. However, during a Texas summer, this isn’t the best option because of the high heat. You’ll need other tools in your home’s HVAC system to protect your air from pollutants.

In this post, we’ll examine two different solutions to low indoor air quality: air filters and UV germicidal lights. Intelligent Air Services installs both of these, as well as other air filtration systems in Austin, TX. Contact us to schedule an appointment to find out how we can address contamination in your home’s ventilation system.

Air filters and UV germicidal lights address different issues inside your ductwork. Air filters target larger airborne particles that can enter the ventilation system through the return air ducts, while UV germicidal lights eliminate the growth of micro bacteria and other biological contaminants, like mold and fungus, inside ducts.

Air filters

Your air conditioner and heater have air filters, but they are designed to protect the HVAC systems, not cleanse the air. To properly filter out particles of dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and many other irritants, you’ll need a mechanical air filter installed. Depending on the type of filter you put in (MERV filters are the most effective), you can trap particles down to 0.01 microns in size. If dust and dirt are the main concerns for your indoor air quality, a mechanical filter can do a thorough job eliminating them.

UV germicidal lights

Bacterial growth is a different problem altogether. Spores from these contaminates can lead to a variety of ailments, and standard filters cannot stop them all. Filters do not address the source of the problem, either. UV germicidal lights eliminate these bacterial growths using high-frequency wavelengths that destroy the cellular material of these contaminants. This kills off the bacteria and keeps it from coming back—and without the need for spray or toxins that will stay in your ducts.

Contact air quality specialists to find out how to remedy the problems inside your ductwork. You might be surprised to find out what has gathered inside your ventilation system. Let these specialists take care of selecting the appropriate measures and installing them so they work correctly.

Intelligent Air Services has extensive experience with treating air in homes. We install air filters, air purifiers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, UV germicidal lights, and we also take care of duct sealing and testing. Contact us today to find out what air filtration system in Austin, TX will improve your home’s air quality.