The sun produces three types of ultraviolet (UV) light: UVA, UVB and UVC. You are likely most familiar with UVA and UVB rays, which might cause sunburn unless you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. UVC rays are different. The sun still emits them, but the earth’s ozone layer absorbs all UVC rays, so you don’t come across them in nature.
UVC light grants useful germicidal benefits. In fact, it has been used as a cleaning method for a long time. As the highest energy portion of the UV radiation spectrum, UVC light helps destroy microorganisms like bacteria, algae and fungi within 10 seconds of contact. When installed in your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights could seriously boost your indoor air quality.
Ultraviolet lamps are installed in your ductwork, where they function continuously. Air flows past the lights when the furnace or air conditioner heats or cools, and powerful UVC rays inactivate and destroy the majority of viruses, bacteria or mold floating in the air. Inactivated microorganisms don’t reproduce and die briefly after UVC exposure.
With other methods of air cleaning on the market, why should you think over installing a UV light in your HVAC system? Think about these pluses:
The evaporator coil in your HVAC system is consistently damp, particularly in the summer. By constantly shining UVC light on the coil, mold and bacteria will not grow.
Media air filters can latch onto the smaller bacteria and viruses. UV lights lower the number of microorganisms in the air without restricting airflow.
By maintaining normal airflow and keeping the equipment clean, UV lights help your HVAC system function more easily. This, in turn, decreases your energy costs each month.
Clean equipment works more evenly and breaks down less regularly. It might even work years longer.
Air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces produce condensate, which drains away from a nearby pipe. As time passes, algae can fill up the drain line. By stopping organic growth initially, UVC lights minimize the likelihood of water damage from a blocked condensate drain pan.
When you explore all the pluses they offer your HVAC system, UV lights could quickly prove helpful in any house. You are more apt to recognize having HVAC UV lights if you or anyone in your household has:
If you’re looking into installing germicidal UV lights, talk with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can recommend 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 professional as UVC exposure may lead to skin or eye injuries. To discover about how UV lights can help, or to request a free home comfort consultation, reach us at 866-397-3787 now!
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