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Indoor Air Quality: Technology Answers Age-Old Problems

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is becoming more and more important, especially during the colder months. Wintertime is synonymous with snowmen, skiing, and hot cocoa. But on the flip side, it is also synonymous with the bitter cold, clearing snow, and unfortunately, germs! Winter seems to be the season when everyone gets sick.

Indoor Air Quality – The Main Offenders

In these colder months, we all tend to spend a lot more time indoors. Not necessarily bear hibernation status, but when it is unpleasantly cold and horrible out, or even so cold that it is unsafe outside, nothing is nicer than being indoors in the heat or under a blanket by the fireplace watching your favorite shows. However, when your customers spend that additional time couped up inside, the germs tend to multiply and spread easily. The dry heat of the HVAC system can even assist in the spread of these germs.

Aside from germs, another main offender in the IAQ realm is something we are all familiar with. We know them, we love them with a nearly reckless abandon and have roughly ten trillion (this is a scientific measure) nicknames for those cute little furballs. But our pets are big contributors to degrading air quality in our homes. All that fur and dander must go somewhere. Unfortunately, it clogs air filters prematurely and allergens are re-released into the air. Luckily for Fido and Mittens (and your customers), IAQ products are continually improving and creating a better standard of living for everyone.

All of these allergens can lead to a build-up in HVAC filtration systems that will cause your customers’ HVAC to be less efficient and can lead to a shortened HVAC system lifespan. It’s important that you remind your customers of regularly scheduled HVAC system maintenance and to keep those filters clean.

A build-up in their filters also leads to another issue: mold. When your customers’ filters clog, the clogged air filters create the perfect environment for mold to grow in. This presents itself as a sizable problem for any household. Not only is the HVAC System pushing these mold spores around the home from room to room, but mold also puts off an odor. This smell is circulated throughout the house via the HVAC system and could make your homeowners sick.

IAQ can be improved by ensuring that your customers routinely replace their HVAC filters, which is a relatively easy task, depending on where their HVAC system is located. These filters should help with the fur and dander issue. While this filter does solve one issue, it leaves a gaping hole as far as mold, odors, and germs are concerned. Breathing this poor-quality air can lead to a plethora of health issues including headaches, asthma attacks, allergies, sinus issues, fatigue, ear infections, even nausea. Inefficient HVAC Systems not only take a toll on your customers’ utility bills but also their medical bills! What else can be done to make further improvements to these vital systems?

UV Light, A Trusted Solution For Years

For many years, the healthcare industry has been using UV lights to kill harmful germs and bacteria. The use of UV lights goes back to the 1940s when hospitals were trying to reduce the transmission of tuberculosis. They had great success utilizing this technology, and our ability to harness this knowledge has only grown since then. Recently, more and more products have been developed employing this technology to disinfect some of our germiest items, such as cell phones and toothbrushes. Not only does UV Light have the ability to diminish the presence of germs and bacteria, but it can also have the same effect on mold and the odors it can cause.

Especially important nowadays, after a multitude of studies performed on various wavelengths of UV light, scientists have discovered that UV-C Rays specifically are powerful germ killers. Studies have been done exclusively regarding the Covid-19 virus and its known variants, and scientists have learned that subjecting the virus molecules to UV-C Light “easily” killed the virus (1). This is done when the virus passes through the UV-C light, which breaks down the structure of the cells that comprise the virus and thus prevents them from reproducing. So how can we harness this technology in a way that will not disturb our daily home lives?

Clear Blue Advanced, An Easy Answer to IAQ

Simple. The Clear Blue Advance UV System mounts directly inside of HVAC systems and is programmed to release short waves of UV-C Light. That, in conjunction with the placement inside of the piping, makes it a safe option to clean the air flowing to every single room of a house at once. Each unit is rated to cover 2,000 sq. ft., making it so that your customer’s home can be completely covered by this technology and easily installed with each HVAC unit that the property requires.

Equipped with a 16” Germicidal UV (GUV) Coil, the Clear Blue Advanced UV System will not only increase the efficiency of your customers’ HVAC systems but also use the environmentally safe UV light to kill off mold, germs, bacteria, and viruses! This popular technology that has been used in commercial and healthcare buildings for some time is now being scaled to protect residential buildings as well.

Your customers could benefit from not just a regular filter installed in their HVAC system, but also from a Clear Blue Advanced UV System. This will then act as a whole-home air purifier, reducing the need to purchase additional air purifying units for each room of a home. It ‘s an easy install for you and will not take much time out of your schedule, and will not inconvenience your customers, either. Yet it will greatly improve the lives of your customers, both monetarily and in quality of life.

(1) Ben Ma et al, UV Inactivation of SARS-COV-2 Across the UVC Spectrum: KrCl Excimer, Mercury-Vapor, and LED Sources, Applied and Environmental Microbiology (September 2021)

Written by Catherine Lauer – Marketing Coordinator, Supply Smart

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