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Jul 17 2018

A Closer Look at UV Air Purifiers in Allergy Season

Yesterday we wrote about the arrival of allergy season and the specific challenges we face here in Southern California this year. Because this last winter was rainier than usual, we’re going to head into spring with more pollen in the air from plant blooms—and also a higher risk of mold growth. Air filters can handle the majority of pollens (provided you have professionals ensure the right type of filter is installed), but mold spores are a different issue. We recommend that homeowners look into the installation of UV air purifiers to help with the spring allergy season.

The Dangers of Mold Spores

A high mold count during allergy season (late February to early summer) is a significant danger. Many mold spores are harmless, but you can’t depend on luck that you’ll only encounter non-toxic spores. Harmful mold spores cause a wide range of health complications: nasal congestion, sneezing, eye and throat irritation, coughing and wheezing. In some situations, a severe mold allergic reaction can become life threatening.

UV Air Purifiers vs. Mold Spores

Mold spores are not easy to trap using filters, which is why UV air purifiers are often necessary. This type of air purifier is simple in operation: it consists of ultraviolet lights that send out a low amount of UV radiation. It’s not harmful to people or pets, but it is powerful enough to disrupt the cellular function of mold spores. The UV radiation either kills the mold spores cells outright or renders them inert and unable to reproduce.

There are numerous advantages to taking this approach with mold spores: it doesn’t place any restriction on airflow, nor does it make use of any chemical disinfectants that can lead to additional air quality issues. These UV lights must have a professional installation for them to function correctly, however.

To find out more about UV air purifiers or other indoor air quality solution installations in Fontana, CA or elsewhere in the Desert Communities and the Inland Empire, contact our specialists.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers indoor air quality as well as other comfort services. For exceptional customer service, please give our office a call.