You may have already come across the idea of using UV lights to enhance indoor air quality. It’s understandable to be skeptical about the effectiveness of such technology, as it may seem like something out of science fiction. UV technology has been around for a long time, dating back to Niels Ryberg Finsen’s Nobel Prize-winning use of UV lights to treat skin infections in 1903. In recent years, UV lights have been used by hospitals, restaurants, and other businesses to sterilize equipment. Studies have shown that ultraviolet light can reduce bacteria and mold by 97%, making it effective in improving indoor air quality. Air purifiers using UV technology can reduce airborne flu virus by up to 90%.
How Does UV Light Treat Indoor Air?
A UV light installed in your system can help wipe out microorganisms like mold, viruses, and bacteria that are present in the air in your home. A UV light does more than a standard air filter to help with these problems because, while pet hair and dust are caught by an air filter, it does not catch tiny particles like viruses. Instead of merely blocking these problematic particles from entering the air, UV light deactivates them. This happens because UV light produces electromagnetic energy that causes photo-chemical reactions in the nucleic acids of these microorganisms, resulting in the inactivation of microbes. This winds up causing cell death or the inability to reproduce. Ridding your indoor air of these microorganisms makes your indoor air cleaner and can help minimize the chances of being affected by a variety of health issues.
Along with keeping out viruses and bacteria and preventing health issues, UV light provides other benefits as well. The utilization of UV lights can also make your system more efficient, reduce energy costs, and help keep your indoor air smelling fresh.
Where to Install UV Lights?
The most common place to have a UV light installed is on the evaporator coil of your HVAC system. This helps to prevent the formation of mildew and mold, thereby eliminating the chances of these pollutants compromising the quality of your indoor air. There is typically a lot of moisture present in this area of your system, which is an ideal breeding ground for mold, and a UV light can help keep this under control.
A UV light may also be placed in the ductwork of your HVAC system. The point of this placement is to thoroughly clean all of the air as it passes through your system. The focus of this placement is more on the sanitation of the air as a whole, as opposed to cleaning particular areas of the system. Many opt to have UV lights placed in both locations of their heating and cooling systems.
Speak to a Professional About Using UV Lights to Improve IAQ
If you are a homeowner in Chesapeake, VA, or the surrounding area, look to the team at Simmons Heating & Cooling with any questions or concerns you might have about improving your indoor air quality with UV lights. We can offer a consultation where we learn about your specific concerns and then make a recommendation as to which UV lights will work best for your needs and specific system. Our highly trained technicians can then do a quality installation of your UV lights to give you the best protection that the technology provides. You may be concerned about exposure to UV light, but rest assured, our technicians take every precaution during installation to keep you and your family safe. With our team providing regular maintenance of your UV lights and HVAC system, you can expect your lights to last you up to five years.
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