Many conventional ways exist to improve your home’s indoor air quality. These include changing your filters regularly, getting your air ducts cleaned, keeping your carpets clean, utilizing air-filtering plants, and minimizing humidity in the home. But there is a newer, more innovative way to improve your air quality that is growing in popularity amongst homeowners, and that is UV lights.
How Do UV Lights Work?
Most people know that UV stands for Ultraviolet and that most UV light comes from the sun. What many people do not know, however, is that there are three different types of UV lights. UVA light is what is commonly seen in black lights, UVB light is the harmful, sunburn-causing light from the sun, and UVC is the most powerful form that can destroy microorganisms. UVC light has the shortest wavelength of all the UV lights, and it can literally scramble the DNA of things like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. UVC light is commonly used to disinfect and sterilize in both food-related and health-related settings, and it can also be used to purify water, keep laboratories sanitized, and—you guessed it—in air purification.
How Are UV Lights Used in Air Quality Improvement Efforts?
Because the inside of our homes receive less natural light than the outdoors, we have to work harder to purify our indoor air, particularly when we take into account the amount of dust, dirt, and other contaminants that exist in our houses. Allergens have proven to be drastically reduced by the use of UV lights in many different settings, and since the HVAC industry has embraced this fact, new innovations have become available to homeowners who wish to improve their indoor air quality.
You can have a UV air cleaner directly into your HVAC system that will essentially neutralize and kill harmful contaminants that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Things like mold, fungi, bacteria, and common airborne allergens can live in your ductwork, in your HVAC unit, and throughout your home, but when they pass through your HVAC system and are exposed to a UV air cleaner, they are rendered ineffective at polluting your air, leading to a higher quality indoor air.
What Are the Benefits of UV Lights for Indoor Air Quality?
In addition to simply having cleaner air, a UV air cleaner will bring about reduced sickness in your home, particularly in the area of respiratory illness. If someone in your family struggles with asthma, allergies, COPD, chronic bronchitis, or other related health concerns, UV light can help improve their well being drastically. It also minimizes the spreading of viruses and germs, gets rid of VOCs, and minimizes bad odors. It also keeps your unit cleaner, which will reduce your need for AC repair services and may even lower your monthly electricity bills.
If you’re interested in learning more about how UV lights can improve your home’s indoor air quality, or if you’d like to speak with one of our staff members about how we can service your HVAC unit, give us a call at Comfort Experts.