As usual, Florida experienced a warm winter and exceptionally warm spring, prompting pollens to emerge even earlier than usual. At last check, they were hovering at medium-high levels in most areas. The yellow spores that blanket our vehicles are the typical tree pollens, and they are easily transported into our homes and circulate through the air our families breathe each and every day.
The coronavirus is another concern, especially for people over age 60, and those with underlying health conditions. If those health issues include compromised respiratory systems, like asthma, COPD and emphysema, or diabetes, kidney and heart conditions, the risk is greater for these individuals, and the Governor has requested they stay home.
If pollens are present in a residence, its presence stresses the body’s respiratory system and could exacerbate serious respiratory conditions and symptoms like asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis, COPD, chronic cough and more.
Proficient Air is dedicated to providing safe, effective air conditioning maintenance services and air quality solutions for residential and commercial properties throughout the Tampa Bay Area.
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Air Quality
Air conditioners are a major investment and a necessity of home- and business owners, so maintaining air conditioning systems is a major component to increasing the life of the air system, as well as its energy efficiency. One way property owners can help is by regularly checking and changing the air filters.
Air filters are in place to catch dust and other airborne particulates as air passes through the system. If the air filter becomes clogged, the air conditioner will continuously operate in its attempt to force air through the dirty filter, spreading nasty particulates through the ventilation system, and into your home or office. This significantly impacts air quality and air conditioner efficiency. Failing to change air filters easily results in compromised health and higher energy costs.
Without proper maintenance, dust, mold spores, bacteria, yeast, fungi, and other micro-organisms collect on-air system coils and are sustained in the cool, dark, moist environment. When the air handler forces the air through the ductwork, pollens and other troublesome particulates become airborne and are circulated throughout your residential or commercial space.
Combine mold and bacteria with outdoor pollens and other contaminants, and this cocktail will negatively affect anyone, not just those with allergies or respiratory issues. This is what makes it so important to have regular air conditioner maintenance services and routinely change the air filter in your air handler to help improve overall air quality, increase the longevity of your air conditioner, and reduce energy costs.
HVAC Products Improve Indoor Air Quality
There are a variety of effective products that have been designed to work within the air conditioning system to remove pollen, mold, bacteria, yeast, fungi, and dust and prevent them from circulating in home and business interiors.
During allergy season and the age of serious flu and coronavirus contagions, consider the addition of one of the following state-of-the-art products Proficient Air recommends and installs to significantly improve the air quality and protect the inhabitants of your space:
Ultraviolet Coil Irradiation UV Lamp Kit
UV light is a source of destruction for microbes, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses in air conditioning systems, hospital rooms and even drinking water. A stick-shaped device is installed in the air handler near the blower section and coil to prevent mold and fungal growth on all surfaces of the air handler. The air handler is the most common place to find mold, due to cold temperatures of the evaporator and condensate pan.
A study by the American Association of Applied Microbiology showed that a germicidal UV light installed in an HVAC air handler was an effective tool to eliminate fungus, mold, and microbes from the air handler, as well as to reduce airborne microbes.
A UV lamp kit is proven to protect the air you and your family breathe, making it a wise, practical investment, especially during allergy season. The UV bulb is relatively inexpensive and typically lasts one-two years.
Reme Halo Whole-House Air Purification System
This American-made system installs in the unit’s main supply air trunk dispersing hydrogen peroxide into the entire home’s ventilation system, treating every room and surface it encounters. The combination of the hydrogen peroxide disbursement and internal UV light destroys mold spores, bacteria, viruses, fungi, VOC’s, odors, smoke, etc. It has also been proven to reduce allergens such as pollen, dander, and dust, and it eradicates stinky pet odors
These lamps are commonly used in hospitals and government facilities to safely clean and sterilize the air, and prevent sick building syndrome. Proficient Air recommends the Reme Halo Air Purification System based on the following stats:
- It destroys 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses.
- Germs are killed within 3’ of their source.
- It provides whole-home coverage.
- You can control the output of the device.
- Approved for us in US and international hospitals for combating infectious disease.
- It was proven effective against the SARS virus in China.
- It is approved for use in USDA, FSIS, and the FDA food processing plants.
Bulb replacement is required every two years in Reme Halo System. It is an exceptional product that improves the overall air quality in homes and businesses for the health and well-being of families and guests and customers.
4” Media Filter Cabinet
A 4” media filter cabinet is exponentially more effective than a standard air filter at collecting airborne particulates like pollen, dust, and dander, as well as bacteria, molds, and viruses. This amazing air filter component has multiple layers of pleated materials that filter particulates from the air before they circulate throughout your home or office.
Moreover, this whole-home media filter cabinet also helps extend the life of air conditioning units by reducing the prevalence of dust and other airborne particles that penetrate the air system.
A media filter replaces the need for stand-alone air purifiers in your home for a cleaner, healthier indoor air quality. For maximum effectiveness and efficiency, these filters require changing every six months to a year.
The expert Proficient Air technicians are highly-qualified to exercise best practices in air conditioning maintenance and indoor air quality throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Each professional air conditioning service technician and the installer takes every safety precaution when visiting residential and commercial properties to safely and accurately assess your current system and recommend the best product fit for your air conditioning system and your family’s needs.
If you experience problems with your air conditioning system, Proficient Air honors warranty repairs on most equipment, whether installed by us or not. Warranties only cover parts, however, and are subject to a warranty fee. Labor is an additional charge with warranty repairs. If your air conditioner is not under warranty, we happily provide a complimentary diagnostic assessment and estimate of repair costs.
Proficient Air in Palm Harbor offers a variety of high-quality maintenance contracts, specifically tailored to your needs and budget. Breathe easier by protecting your HVAC investment and your family with improved indoor air quality in your home or business. Call us today: 727.386.2732