When you think of ultraviolet light, you might imagine getting sunburned after a long day at the pool. And yet, UV light is also something you can use for increasing indoor air quality. Sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays, but UVC is the form of light found in air purification. If you suffer from allergies or asthma or hope to reduce the distribution of illnesses throughout your home, a UV light within the HVAC system can be the air quality solution you’ve been hoping for!
The germicidal impacts of ultraviolet light have been known for over a century. UVC rays were even applied to treat tuberculosis. Today, germicidal lamps are found in hospitals, food processing centers, water treatment plants and air purification products.
A UV lamp added to your HVAC system boosts the air quality in your home by eliminating microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, mold and more. It only needs 10 seconds of contact to affect these germs’ DNA, killing them or blocking them from replicating.
UV lights also address volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in cleaners and repellents as well as airborne bioaerosols like pollen and pet dander. That being said, UV lights don’t literally ‘trap’ contaminants, so you still need an air filtration system to remove dust, fibers and other particles from the air.
As long as they are installed correctly and feature the right wavelength of UV light, germicidal lamps are remarkably effective at enhancing indoor air quality. One study out of Duke University revealed that UV light removed more than 97 percent of drug-resistant bacteria from the air in hospital rooms. Another study measured “significantly lower” fungal levels in a commercial building’s HVAC equipment after four months of operating a UV light.
Place an ultraviolet lamp in your HVAC system to take advantage of these benefits:
If you choose an air-sanitizing UV light, your installation technician will position it in your ductwork near the HVAC system. There, the lamp sanitizes the air before it flows throughout your home.
If you would rather have a coil-sanitizing UV light, it should sit close to the AC evaporator coil. There, it targets mold and bacteria that accumulate on the damp coil, keeping your system clean and operating smoothly.
The sun continuously emits invisible UV radiation. As you already know, UVA and UVB rays can harm your skin, so it’s essential to use an effective sunscreen when spending time outdoors. The sun also produces UVC rays, the most harming type of solar radiation capable of killing microorganisms and irritating other living tissue, particularly the skin and eyes.
Thankfully, the atmosphere eliminates these rays altogether, so they don’t reach the earth’s surface.
Understanding that UVC rays are harmful, why should you feel comfortable installing a UVC light in your home? It’s simple—the light is confined to your ductwork where you won’t come in contact with it, so it creates no risk to you and your family. When the time comes to maintain the lamp or change the bulb, your HVAC technician will shut down the system briefly to avoid being exposed to the damaging light.
UV lights are used around the clock and generally last nine to 14 months. Annual HVAC maintenance (once in the spring for your air conditioner and again in the fall for your furnace) is the perfect time to have these bulbs checked and changed out as needed.
Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing provides a range of air quality solutions, including UV lights for HVAC systems. We would be happy to assess your home and your family’s needs to suggest the equipment that are best for you. Rest assured that all work we complete is backed by a one-year 100% satisfaction guarantee. Get in touch with your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office to schedule UV light installation or request a free home health consultation today.
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