The solution to sterilizing indoor air, removing toxic chemicals, and oxidizing odors is to duplicate nature’s methods indoors. Ultraviolet (UVC) energy from the sun is used in nature to help cleanse outdoor air and to inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as germs and bacteria. Ozone (UVV) is measured in trace amounts in the lower atmosphere and is nature’s way of oxidizing toxic gases, breaking them down into harmless component molecules while removing their odors.
Both ultraviolet energy and ozone can be recreated by man through a photochemical process that uses high output ultraviolet lamps positioned inside your existing ductwork. Ultraviolet germicidal lamps reproduce and disperse UVC light and have been used in hospitals, labs, schools, nursing homes, office buildings, and other commercial and residential environments worldwide for years as a trusted air purifying method. UVV lamps are also currently used indoors for whole-house air disinfecting and odor control.
To learn if UVC and UVV systems are right for your home, contact us and schedule a consultation with our expert technicians.
Benefits of Air Purification
Our purifying systems are uniquely designed to do any and all of the following:
- Control airborne toxic compounds such as mold and fungus
- Reduce the harmful effects and odors from tobacco smoke
- Help prevent the spread of infectious bacteria and viruses such as influenza, hemolytic streptococci, and more
- Reduce or eliminate mold, germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores
- Rid the air of pet dander, pollen, mildew, and dust mites
Our Pittsburgh air purification technicians will install and maintain a system that is right for your household’s specific circumstances. From a singular system to integrated UVC and UVV systems, the quality of your indoor air will dramatically increase for you, your family, and guests.
Ways to Track Air Pollution in Your Home
Potential sources of indoor contaminants are plentiful, especially in modern and more efficient homes. In order to decrease sources of potential energy loss, more and more homes are being built “airtight” with tightly sealing windows and doors. While this is great for your bottom line – potentially saving you in energy costs and increasing the lifespan of your HVAC equipment because it doesn’t have to work as hard – it also traps air inside your home. This means that bacteria, mold, viruses, pet dander, and other contaminants can circulate, build up, and multiply throughout your ductwork.
To find what is causing contaminants in your indoor air, ask yourself the following:
- Do any household members smoke?
- Do any furry pets live indoors?
- Are insecticides or pesticides used indoors?
- How many cars are parked in an attached and enclosed garage?
- Are any of the following hobbies conducted indoors: woodworking, jewelry making, pottery, or metal building?
- Do you use pressurized aerosol canisters?
- Is part of your living area below ground?
- Is your home insulated with urea-formaldehyde or asbestos?
- Are heating vents corroded or rusted?
- Do burner flames on gas-heating or cooking appliances appear yellow instead of blue?
To understand the strength of these indoor contaminates, ask yourself if you can notice any of the following:
- Are there unusual and noticeable odors?
- Is the humidity level unusually high or can moisture be seen on windows or other surfaces?
- Does the air seem stale?
- Are there any of the following symptoms noticeable among residents: headaches, itchy or watery eyes, nose or throat infection or dryness, dizziness, nausea, colds, or sinus problems?
- Have you noticed an increased lack of energy?
- Do you still feel tired after a normal night’s sleep?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating?
- Are you feeling mildly depressed for no apparent reason?
- Is there a noticeable lack of air movement?
- Have you insulated or weatherized your home?
- Is dust on furniture noticeable?
- Is dust or dirt staining walls, ceilings, furniture or draperies?
Want to know what air purification and air filtration options are available? Call and ask our air quality pros to determine the right system or combination of systems for your home!
Higher Risk Household Members
Indoor air purification may be especially necessary if your household includes family members younger than 4 or older than 60 years old; those who are confined to the house for more than 12 hours per day; and those suffering from asthma, bronchitis, allergies, heart problems, or hypersensitivity pneumonitis.