We all struggle with indoor air quality, especially in a humid place like Tampa. Not to freak you out, but there are likely tons of harmful particulates floating around your home, from mold to pet dander. If you’re not consistently working at it, you might have a hard time keeping your air clean and fresh. Many companies will tell you that changing your air filter can improve your indoor air quality, and while that is helpful, it should not be your only course of action.
Conventional air filters can only remove particulates 1 micron in size or larger, which comprise about 2-3% of the particulates in your air. That’s why we always recommend electronic air cleaners, which are up to 98% effective at filtering particulates. You can read more about filtration here, if you’re interested in that route. But what about those pesky smells that make your home feel less clean, even after you’ve scrubbed your countertops and mopped your floors?
VOC’s are volatile organic compounds that are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. The EPA says that they are particularly harmful indoors as opposed to outdoors, due to high concentration of VOC’s, particularly in homes with tight construction. Cleaning products are often to blame, but VOC’s can come from paint, dry-cleaned clothing, pesticides, and more. VOC’s can cause a number of health problems, from headaches to liver/kidney/nervous system damage. Filtration, while effective at removing particulates in the air, does nothing to remove VOC’s. That’s where PCO lights come in.
Whenever we install a Tampa air conditioner, we always recommend installing a UV light, as well.
This light is placed inside of your air conditioner, specifically on your indoor coil. These lights emit powerful UV rays, which kill harmful particulates on the spot. This prevents mold and bacteria from ever entering your home in the first place, keeping your indoor air clean. It also works to keep your indoor coil free from fungal growth, which improves the overall health and longevity of your HVAC system.
UV lights are effective (over 90% effective), but they’re often the only “light” recommended by traditional air conditioning companies. We really believe in PCO lights used in conjunction with other indoor air quality products, due to our commitment to emerging HVAC technology! Ask us for more information today!