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UV Lights: Improving Indoor Air Quality

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The Asthma Society of Canada reports that Asthma is “one of the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting Canadians,” with over 3 million Canadians afflicted with the chronic respiratory condition. The ASC further reports that the severe breathing condition “has been increasing over the last 20 years,” although researchers have no idea why.

The ASC suggests, however, that “exposure, in infancy, to high levels of antigens” is a potential asthma trigger. Things that contribute to asthma and intensify asthma-sufferers’ breathing difficulties are mould, pollen, bacteria, dust-mites, and other air-borne allergens and contaminants.

Intelligent Comfort Solutions, as part of our ongoing commitment to responsive, high-quality HVAC servicing, understands the need for asthma sufferers—and all Canadians—to breathe clean, high-quality air in their workplace and home environments. We remain current in our industry’s trends so that you may enjoy the latest HVAC innovations as soon as they are presented.

One recent innovation in the HVAC industry has been the introduction of UV lighting to HVAC systems to purify interior air. A UV lamp (or UV-C-range lamp, to be precise) is attached to the heating and cooling system at the source. By using a UV-C lamp, particles, germs, and other micro-organisms’ DNA are immediately destroyed and therefore prevented from being re-circulated throughout the work or living-space. Air-borne contaminants are killed.

High-rise condos are particularly prone to poor air-quality issues because of shared filters and indifferent or irregular maintenance. Biological contaminants—like Legionnaire’s disease—frequently breed in stagnant water that accumulates in ducts and drain pans. A Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation study of condominium air-quality determined that “almost all [of] the values greatly exceed the Health and Welfare Canada Acceptable Short-Term Exposure Range” for the “concentration of airborne particulates” in the urban-condominium buildings they examined.

Because they are destroyed at the source, they are therefore unable to clog the heating and cooling system, particularly in and around zones with moisture, like an air-conditioner, keeping your system from becoming a breeding-zone for respiratory-illness irritants and allergens.

Intelligent Comfort Solutions is committed to helping you solve your HVAC issues, one beneficial, periodic visit at a time.

>> Contact us today to discover the many ways that HVAC can contribute to the interior well-being of your commercial or condominium complex.

Dave Morrison is the General Manager at Intelligent Comfort Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and indoor air quality improvement. He prides himself on finding the best HVAC solution for your business, and building a lasting relationship that your business can depend on. Dave is known for his open and honest communication and his friendly top notch customer service.

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