How to Enhance Air Quality with HVAC Technology
The HVAC construction sector is growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 15 percent increase in jobs in the sector by 2026. While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down growth in many sectors, the HVAC sector is likely to experience continued growth. Why? Commercial HVAC contractors are vital to combating airborne diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), substandard air quality can make breathing difficult for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Commercial contractors can help you improve indoor air quality.
Is your indoor air quality poor? Here are three HVAC technologies that can help you with that.
1. UV Lights
There are three types of UV lights – UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. Unprotected exposure to the first two types can cause sunburn, premature aging, and even skin disease. Fortunately, UV-C, which is the most powerful and harmful to people, is completely absorbed by the atmosphere and doesn’t reach the earth’s surface.
Yet, despite its harmful effects, UV-C light is a useful germicide. It can kill numerous pathogens. To prevent the spread of microbes in your home, you can have UVC-lights incorporated into your HVAC system.
And UV lights aren’t limited to only home use. They can also be used in commercial set-ups such as hospitals, offices, hotels, restaurants, and airports.
2. HEPA Filters
Conventional filters can safeguard your HVAC system from contaminants. But if you want to get even more out of your HVAC filter, then you should consider getting a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
They can eliminate up to 99.97% of contaminants. Their efficacy depends on their minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating. Filters with high MERV ratings are more effective. Typically, HEPA filters MERV ratings range between 17 to 20.
Overall, they are excellent at removing pollutants and enhancing ventilation. However, they aren’t effective at capturing small particles, and some HVAC systems require some adjustments before they can be installed.
Therefore, before you get a HEPA filter installed, consult a mechanical contractor. The contractor can advise you on the best course of action.
Phoenix can get fairly hot and humid in the summer. Need to reduce humidity and enjoy comfort, too? Then you should consider getting a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier absorbs moisture from the air. However, unlike ACs, dehumidifiers only remove moisture from the air but don’t cool it.
If you or your team members are prone to allergies or respiratory problems, a dehumidifier is ideal for you. Dehumidifiers are great at controlling humidity and combating pollutants that trigger allergies.
UV lights, HEPA filters, and dehumidifiers can significantly enhance air quality. However, regular maintenance is still vital. If your HVAC system is working inefficiently, your air quality will be compromised. To ensure it is operating at its optimum level, ensure it is regularly checked by reputable commercial contractors.
Contact a Commercial HVAC Contractor Today
Good HVAC design can improve comfort, ventilation and curb the transmission of disease. If you need commercial contractors or any HVAC services, get in touch with us. Our team of professional technicians will be on hand to provide you with a viable solution for your needs.