Imagine that you’ve come home one afternoon from a long day at work only to discover that your house is far too hot. Frantically you run over to the thermostat and verify that the thermostat is indeed set. It is. So you call your friendly neighborhood a/c company and they dispatch a technician to help you get back up to speed. Perhaps the first question that he asks you is, “When’s the last time you changed your filter?” Many a time the answer to that question is, “What’s a filter?” or “About a year or two ago.”
Can a bad filter really cause a system to stop functioning? Absolutely! Filtration may be easy to neglect, but the consequences can be tremendous. The damages of poor filtration range from severely damaging your system to contributing to life-threatening respiratory diseases.
Effects of Poor Air Quality
Air filtration systems have a lot of work to do. On a regular basis, they will filter out pet hair, dust particles, and other small objects. However, even more stress is put on the filtration system after completing a home painting job, construction work is completed, or pollen is brought into the house. If the filtration system is unable to keep up, the health effects are costly.
In the short term, poor air quality can lead to irritated eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and even fatigue. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that when these conditions are present, it is usually easy enough to solve by taking the appropriate steps to carry out successful air cleaning.
If left untreated, however, the EPA points to much more harmful and long-term effects that cannot be easily undone. “These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal,” states the EPA. “It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.”
What Can Be Done
At the very minimum, homeowners should have a 1” pleated filter that they replace every 2 to 3 months. This filter system should have been installed with your system initially. The purpose of this filter, however, is to keep your air conditioner unit from getting backed up with contaminants and it is not designed to thoroughly clean the smaller particles that can lead to health problems.
Air Cleaning for Your Health
One of the most beneficial tools in keeping your air healthy is an Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamp. This innovative tool bathes the indoor coil with intense ultraviolet light that sterilizes the surface and prevents the growth of bacteria and mold. It also helps reduce any odors you may be experiencing from within your system. In addition, high-quality UV lights remove volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), which can trigger allergies and asthma.
Another method that has received a tremendous amount of recognition is the use of a GPS Air Cleaner. GPS Air Cleaners produce positive and negative ions (Cold Plasma) in the a/c system, which effectively treats and purifies the air. Our customers have been in awe of the device’s ability to produce air so clean that you can actually feel the difference. GPS systems have also been verified by third-parties to reduce or even completely remove viruses, bacteria, mold, allergens, and dust!
As mentioned at the outset, poor air is not only bad for you, but for your a/c system as well. UV Lights are placed at the coil, helping to ensure that the coil is free from particles that rob your system of proper operation. That means that the UV Light could help your system last longer and keep your energy bill lower.
Both GPS Air Cleaners and UV Lights also serve the purpose of removing odors. How effective are they? The one complaint we received after installing a GPS unit in a customer’s house was that the scented candles they use did not fill the house with the smell anymore. The unit really has a powerful ability to reduce all sorts of smells!
The air that we breathe inside our house is treated by our air conditioning system. If we put little effort into filtering the air in our home, that air can become contaminated. Contaminated air, in turn, damages our a/c system and us. A pleated filter is needed, at minimum, to provide for our a/c system’s health. However, a GPS unit or UV Light would help to make the air healthier for us. They are good things to consider, especially if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma.