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6 Ultraviolet (UV) Air Cleaning Benefits

6 Ultraviolet (UV) Air Cleaning Benefits

February 23, 2018

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Do you need an ultraviolet (UV) air cleaner for your HVAC system? First, let’s find out what UV light does. Ultraviolet light, which emits UV-C rays, damages organisms’ DNA and RNA, thus killing them and their ability to reproduce. So, while air filter and other capture systems are pretty effective at capturing the contaminants in your home, only a UV light can kill them at the source. UV lights are installed directly into your existing ductwork, out of sight but working hard to kill airborne microorganisms and bio-aerosols floating around the home.

6 UV Air Cleaner Benefits

1. Functionality

Your UV light is on whenever your HVAC system is in use. It automatically kills airborne biological contaminants as they pass through your air ducts.

2. Easy Installation
A qualified HVAC technician will be able to install your UV light cleaner in just one day. The installation is simple, but the effects last the lifetime of your HVAC system.
3. Air Sterilization

While other air filtration and cleaner systems simply trap the airborne contaminants, ultraviolet air irradiation actually sterilizes the viruses, germs, and other biological contaminants. That’s why hospitals use them in their buildings (along with powerful HEPA filtration). You don’t just want to trap the airborne contaminants; you want to kill them.

UV air purification is highly recommended for those with allergies, asthma, and respiratory difficulties. While they won’t eliminate all allergens (dust mites need long exposure for instance), they can capture and kill a lot of the irritants.

If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory problems, consider purchasing a vacuum with HEPA filtration and a UV light. Also, speak with your HVAC technician about upgrading your air filter. For thicker filters, such as HEPA filters, you may need a professional modification.

4. Safe

While UV light does raise the risk of cancer and can have other harmful effects from over-exposure, the UV light in your HVAC system will never harm anyone in the home. The UV lights are also calculated to emit a safe dosage of light (around 16,000 microwatt seconds per

5. Mold & Fungi Control

Your heating and air conditioning system naturally creates condensation. If this moisture is left unchecked within your ducts and HVAC system, it can create a perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, bacteria, and fungi.

A UV germicidal lamp is installed within your existing system where such contaminants are most likely to grow. The UV light neutralizes these pollutants and keeps them from spreading throughout your ducts and home.

6. Reduce HVAC Problems

Many times, a technician may recommend a UV light near the indoor air handler to protect the coils and other components from mold, algae, and fungi. Before the air even hits your filter, it passes through UV light where any living things are “zapped.”

UV lights are especially effective in moist and humid climates. Either way, UV lights help clean the air before it enters the indoor air handler, thus staving off repairs and replacements.

UV Light’s Proven Effectiveness

Study after study has proven UV light’s effectiveness at eliminating bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms in both experimental and real-world conditions.

UV-C light has been used for decades to sterilize food, water, and air. If anyone in your household is prone to infection and illness or has respiratory issues, consider the significant benefits of UV germicidal air irradiation.

UV Light Costs

You can expect to pay at least $1,000 for a UV light installation, however, the savings in doctor visits and medicine alone will make up for the upfront cost. An additional expense to keep in mind, however, is the cost of replacement bulbs, which run about $100.

If you sign up for a home maintenance plan, ask your technician if replacement bulbs and cleanings are part of the routine tune-up. Also, if you are installing a UV light, it’s a good idea to schedule professional air duct cleaning as well. This will get start you off with a clean system, reducing allergens, dust, and debris from the get-go.

Ultraviolet light destroys microorganisms in the home, which is not only great for your health and allergies, it also helps keep your HVAC system clean to reduce the need for maintenance, repairs, and replacements.

If you want to improve the quality of your indoor air and HVAC system, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Fix-It 24/7 Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electric provides reliable, on-time plumbing, electric, HVAC, and indoor air quality services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (holidays included!).

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