Puro Lighting – Fighting Mold in HVAC Coils (A School Solution?)

Puro Lighting - Mold in HVAC Coil

One of the lasting benefits of Covid is increased awareness of air quality (AQ) and how this impacts health, productivity, learning, and more. Few had heard of UVC lighting to kill germs. During Covid, a leader in UV lighting, and more importantly, air quality improvement was Puro Lighting.

The increased AQ awareness continues today (and with the mysterious ways government funding works, government and educational facilities may still have access to Covid-era funds for AQ initiatives!) and has expanded much beyond Covid.

In this article, Puro shares how mold can impact an HVAC system … and this can create multiple opportunities for HVAC distributors (more below).

The Silent Threat: How Mold Can Impact Your HVAC SystemPuro Lighting

Your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system plays a crucial role in maintaining comfort and indoor air quality in your facility. However, lurking within the ductwork and components of your HVAC system could be a silent threat: mold. In this blog post, we’ll uncover the hidden dangers of mold in HVAC systems and explore the potential impacts it can have on your health and the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Understanding the Presence of Mold in HVAC Systems: Mold thrives in environments with high humidity and organic matter, making the dark, damp interior of HVAC ducts an ideal breeding ground. Dust, dirt, and moisture can accumulate in ducts over time, providing nutrients for mold growth. Additionally, condensation on cooling coils or drain pans can create moisture buildup, further promoting mold proliferation. Unfortunately, mold growth within HVAC systems often goes unnoticed until it becomes a significant problem.

The Potential Impacts of Mold in HVAC Systems:

  1. Reduced Indoor Air Quality: As air circulates through mold-infested ducts, spores and mycotoxins can be dispersed into your facility spaces. Inhalation of these airborne contaminants can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and exacerbate asthma symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can impact the health and well-being of occupants, particularly those with pre-existing respiratory conditions.
  2. Decreased HVAC Efficiency: Mold growth can compromise the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system. Blocked or restricted airflow due to mold buildup can lead to reduced heating and cooling capacity, uneven temperature distribution, and increased energy consumption. Additionally, mold contamination on cooling coils can impair heat exchange, reducing the system’s cooling efficiency and potentially causing equipment malfunction or breakdown.
  3. Foul Odors and Unpleasant Smells: Mold growth within HVAC systems can emit musty or unpleasant odors, which may permeate throughout your facility. These odors can be particularly noticeable when the HVAC system is in operation, impacting indoor air quality and overall comfort.

Addressing the Threat of Mold in HVAC Systems: Preventing and mitigating mold growth in HVAC systems requires proactive maintenance and regular inspections. Here are some essential steps to address the threat of mold:

  • Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance: Regular inspections and maintenance by qualified HVAC professionals can help identify and address potential mold issues before they escalate. Cleaning and disinfecting ductwork, coils, and drain pans can help prevent mold growth and ensure optimal system performance.
  • Maintain Proper Humidity Levels: Keep indoor humidity levels within the recommended range (ideally between 30-50%) to discourage mold growth. Consider using a dehumidifier in areas prone to moisture buildup, such as basements or crawl spaces.
  • Replace Air Filters Regularly: Dirty or clogged air filters can impede airflow and provide a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Replace disposable air filters according to manufacturer recommendations, or clean and maintain reusable filters as needed.
  • Address Water Leaks Promptly: Repair any leaks or water intrusion issues in your HVAC system promptly to prevent moisture buildup and mold growth. Inspect and repair damaged insulation, seals, or ductwork to minimize the risk of water damage.

Mold growth in HVAC systems poses a significant threat to indoor air quality, occupant health, and the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment. Understanding the potential impacts of mold in HVAC systems and taking proactive measures to prevent and address mold contamination is essential for maintaining a healthy, comfortable indoor environment. By staying vigilant and prioritizing regular maintenance and inspections, you can safeguard your facility against the silent threat of mold in HVAC systems.

Establishing a UVC Coil and Air Disinfection System

PURO by SteriLumen presents the Fighter Flex: A groundbreaking approach to disinfecting coils and air within air handling and HVAC systems. This cost-effective, custom-designed system—or our readily available Fighter Flex Kit—features a patented flexible cable system. This innovation renders our system the simplest to install, the most adaptable, and the easiest to maintain. Deploy the Fighter Flex to curtail biofilm growth, conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs, enhance indoor air quality, and promote occupant health.

The Fighter Flex UV Coil and Air Disinfection System is the premier choice for an energy-efficient, economical, and effective HVAC disinfection solution to eradicate airborne hazards such as mold, bacteria, and other pathogens. It is purpose-built to sterilize both the coils and the air within an HVAC setup. Our compact germicidal UV-C system is compatible with fan coils, air handling units, unit ventilators, and compact AC units.

Opportunities for HVAC Distributors

There are a number of opportunities for HVAC distributors as Puro does sell through HVAC distributors. Opportunities could include:

  • Are you a Puro distributor for your market? If not, perhaps there are opportunities to represent them but, perhaps more importantly, market yourself in your area as “the source for AQ information and tools to improve air quality?”
  • Consider marketing the message or call on key schools in your market. Schools look to do lighting and HVAC projects (and overall systems maintenance) during summertime months (when many schools are closed). Position this as “help improve air quality for the fall … and maybe reduce flu and cold incidence.” Further, Puro shared that “there is also a big story about energy and maintenance savings.”
  • As an aside, Puro has information that helps distributors target specific markets, with healthcare and hospitals / surgical centers being another key vertical along with commercial buildings.

This is a niche market where you can lead the sale and differentiate your organization and, rather than “serve” customers you can create demand! To learn more about Puro Lighting, I’d suggest reaching out to Jim Colantoni III, VP Sales.

(And no, this is not a paid ad or endorsement of Puro, I ran across their posting on LinkedIn and thought it could be a good demand generation opportunity for a distributor. And if you are a manufacturer rep, perhaps it’s a line to represent … if they have reps.)

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