The sun emits three varieties of ultraviolet (UV) light: UVA, UVB and UVC. You are likely most familiar with UVA and UVB rays, which might produce sunburn unless you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. UVC rays are separate. The sun still creates them, but the earth’s ozone layer takes care of all UVC rays, so you don’t experience them in nature.
UVC light provides highly beneficial germicidal benefits. In reality, it has been used as a sterilization method for a long time. As the highest energy portion of the UV radiation spectrum, UVC light helps eradicate microorganisms like bacteria, algae and fungi within 10 seconds of contact. When placed in your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights may drastically enhance your indoor air quality.
Ultraviolet lamps are placed inside your ductwork, where they function around the clock. Air moves past the lights when the furnace or air conditioner runs, and intense UVC rays inactivate and destroy nearly all viruses, bacteria or mold floating in the air. Inactivated microorganisms won’t reproduce and die shortly after UVC exposure.
With other methods of air cleaning possible, why should you consider putting a UV light in your HVAC system? Think about these advantages:
The evaporator coil in your HVAC system is often damp, especially in the summer. By constantly shining UVC light on the coil, mold and bacteria will not take hold.
Media air filters can trap the smaller bacteria and viruses. UV lights reduce the concentration of microorganisms in the air without reducing airflow.
By providing normal airflow and keeping the equipment clean, UV lights help your HVAC system operate more effectively. This, in turn, reduces your energy costs each month.
Clean equipment operates more steadily and needs repairs less regularly. It might even last years longer.
Air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces generate condensate, which drains away into a nearby pipe. As time passes, algae can collect in the drain line. By preventing organic growth initially, UVC lights decrease the odds of water damage from an overflowing condensate drain pan.
When you consider all the advantages they grant your HVAC system, UV lights could easily prove useful in any house. You are more apt to recognize installing HVAC UV lights if you or anyone in your home has:
If you’re thinking about adding germicidal UV lights, chat with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can suggest the best system based on your HVAC equipment and indoor air quality needs. It’s best to leave UV light installation and maintenance to a trained technician because UVC exposure can result in skin or eye injuries. To discover about how UV lights perform, or to arrange a free home comfort consultation, contact us at 866-397-3787 right away!
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