Considering UV Lights to Improve Your Home’s IAQ? Here’s What to Know

Considering UV Lights to Improve Your Home's IAQ? Here's What to KnowHospitals, water treatment facilities and many public buildings utilize the germicidal properties of UV lights. Can your home benefit, as well? Hopefully you have an efficient air filter installed in your HVAC system and replace it every month or two. While quality air filters do a good job of removing inorganic pollutants like dust and lint, however, living organic particulates like viruses, mold and bacteria aren’t neutralized by filtration. In fact, they commonly use air filter media as a breeding ground to disperse more toxic pathogens into your household air. Clearly, filtration alone isn’t enough.

Why Ultraviolet?

Certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light–a component of natural sunlight–neutralize these tiny microorganisms by interfering with replication. If they can’t breed, they can’t infect your household breathing air and trigger allergic responses or spread illness. Ultraviolet light wavelengths have no effect on humans, however.

What Kind And Where?

An ultraviolet lamp in the C band wavelength is commonly used to purify air and water. It resembles a much smaller version of a fluorescent tube and consumes only about 35 watts of electricity. Installed in your HVAC ductwork through a small hole, the lamp continuously exposes the circulating air volume of your house to the germicidal effects of UV.

In addition to safeguarding the airflow inside the ductwork, UV lights may also be installed at specific target locations in the HVAC system that typically harbor growth of toxic microorganisms. The A/C evaporator coil inside the indoor air handler is frequently ground zero for mold growth. The system air filter may also harbor breeding bacteria and viruses. The surfaces of these components can be exposed to ultraviolet light to prevent contamination before it gains a foothold.

Paitson Bros. has promoted healthy household air quality with proven products and competent service since 1922. Contact us for more information about the benefits of installing UV lights in your HVAC system.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about UV lights and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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