The sun emits three varieties of ultraviolet (UV) light: UVA, UVB and UVC. You are often 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 produces 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 actuality, 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 break down microorganisms including bacteria, algae and fungi in just 10 seconds of contact. When installed in your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights may drastically improve your indoor air quality.
Ultraviolet lamps are used within your ductwork, where they operate around the clock. Air moves past the lights when the furnace or air conditioner runs, and strong UVC rays inactivate and kill the majority of viruses, bacteria or mold found in the air. Inactivated microorganisms won’t reproduce and die soon after UVC exposure.
With other forms of air cleaning possible, why should you think about placing a UV light in your HVAC system? Consider these pluses:
The evaporator coil in your HVAC system is routinely wet, especially in the summer. By continuously shining UVC light on the coil, mold and bacteria are unable to take hold.
Media air filters can catch minuscule bacteria and viruses. UV lights decrease the number of microorganisms in the air without reducing airflow.
By sustaining enough airflow and keeping the equipment as clean as possible, UV lights help your HVAC system function more easily. This, in turn, lowers your energy costs each month.
Clean equipment operates more steadily and breaks down less regularly. It may even last years longer.
Air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces create condensate, which flows away through a nearby pipe. Over time, algae can clog the drain line. By preventing organic growth in the first place, UVC lights decrease the chance of water damage from an overflowing condensate drain pan.
When you review all the advantages they grant your HVAC system, UV lights could quickly prove helpful in any residence. You are more likely to recognize having HVAC UV lights if you or anyone in your household has:
If you’re looking into installing germicidal UV lights, chat with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can recommend the ideal system based on your HVAC equipment and indoor air quality needs. It’s best to leave UV light installation and maintenance to an expert since UVC exposure may result in skin or eye injuries. To discover about how UV lights can help, or to schedule a free home comfort consultation, reach us at 866-397-3787 now!
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