The sun releases three varieties of ultraviolet (UV) light: UVA, UVB and UVC. You are usually most familiar with UVA and UVB rays, which might cause sunburn unless you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. UVC rays are distinct. The sun still emits them, but the earth’s ozone layer soaks up all UVC rays, so you aren’t exposed to them in nature.
UVC light offers highly beneficial germicidal benefits. In actuality, it has been used as a sterilization method for decades. As the highest energy portion of the UV radiation spectrum, UVC light helps eradicate microorganisms such as bacteria, algae and fungi within 10 seconds of contact. When used in your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights may drastically enhance your indoor air quality.
Ultraviolet lamps are used inside your ductwork, where they operate constantly. Air moves past the lights when the furnace or air conditioner runs, and intense UVC rays inactivate and kill nearly all viruses, bacteria or mold floating in the air. Inactivated microorganisms don’t reproduce and die briefly after UVC exposure.
With other types of air cleaning possible, why should you consider placing a UV light in your HVAC system? Review these advantages:
The evaporator coil in your HVAC system is routinely moist, namely during warmer months. By constantly shining UVC light on the coil, mold and bacteria will struggle to take hold.
Media air filters can latch onto the smaller bacteria and viruses. UV lights lower the amount of microorganisms in the air without restricting airflow.
By sustaining steady airflow and keeping the equipment clean, UV lights help your HVAC system operate more easily. This, in turn, decreases your energy costs each month.
Clean equipment functions more smoothly and needs repairs less regularly. It can even work years longer.
Air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces create condensate, which flows away through a nearby pipe. Over time, algae can collect in the drain line. By halting organic growth at the beginning, UVC lights minimize the chance of water damage from a clogged condensate drain pan.
When you review all the advantages they grant your HVAC system, UV lights could quickly prove valuable in any residence. You are more apt to notice adding HVAC UV lights if you or anyone in your home has:
If you’re considering installing germicidal UV lights, chat with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can help you determine the perfect system based on your HVAC equipment and indoor air quality needs. It’s wise to leave UV light installation and maintenance to an expert as UVC exposure might lead to skin or eye injuries. To find out about how UV lights function, or to arrange a free home comfort consultation, reach us at 866-397-3787 now!
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