Infrared Lights in Your Air Handler: Why and What Does it Do?

The air handler is an important part of your home’s air conditioning system. This equipment contains important components such as the blower, heating or cooling elements, and other vital parts. The handler is necessary for distributing air throughout your home via lengths of ductwork. While this component is essential to the functioning of your AC system, it can also harbor harmful bacteria, mold, and germs.

The Dangers of Air Pollutants in Your Home

As homeowners, we do a lot of things to keep our homes and families safe. Typically we lock our doors, install alarm systems, clean our bathrooms, and scrub the floors. While these are all essential health and safety measures, it is also important to ensure that our homes are free from indoor air pollution.

Since we live, work, and play indoors, it is important that the air we breath is safe. Mold, germs, and bacteria that have collected in our air ducts and air conditioning systems can pollute our indoor air. Anything from pet dander to insects and pollen can accumulate in air ducts, where it can be redistributed throughout the home. If there is any lingering moisture in the ductwork, you can expect growth of harmful mold, bacteria, and other viruses.

If these toxins sound scary, it’s because they are. Indoor air pollution can lead to a host of health issues, including:

  • Pneumonia or bronchitis;
  • Asthma;
  • Allergies;
  • Viruses and infections;
  • Rashes;
  • Fatigue;
  • Headaches and migraines;
  • Dizziness; and
  • Trouble breathing.

The presence of and exposure to mold can lead to permanent damage to your health, especially for infants, children, elderly individuals, and those with compromised immune systems. Mold is even known to be a carcinogen, in many instances.

To protect yourself and your family, it is important to have regular and proper cleaning of your air duct and air condition systems. Additionally, infrared lights in your air handler can be a helpful, long-term solution to killing mold, bacteria, and other germs.

How Infrared Lights Can Help Minimize Air Pollutants

In the 1900’s, scientist learned the value of light. As early as 1903, ultraviolet lights were successfully used to treat diseases such as tuberculosis. Nowadays, they are used for everything from sterilization of medical facilities to curing and drying nail polish.

These innovations have paved the way for the use of infrared lighting in air conditioning units. Since air handler components are especially known harboring mold and bacteria, the use of infrared lights is the perfect long-term solution to this problem. When a light is installed, it can kill toxins in the handler for an extended period of time, ensuring that you and your family have a safe and healthy indoor environment.

For more information on air duct cleaning an infrared sterilization, contact Fresh Aire Duct Cleaning today.