Improve IAQ with UV Lights

Improve IAQ with UV LightsIn 1903, the researcher who proved that UV lights effectively destroyed tuberculosis bacterium won the Nobel Prize. Since then, the use of UV (ultraviolet) light as a natural disinfectant has become common. Research by Duke University in 2012 shows that UV lights reduced bacteria in hospital rooms by up to 97 percent. Now, you can have the sterilizing power of ultraviolet light safeguard the indoor air quality in your home.

The total air volume inside your house circulates through your HVAC ductwork many times per day. Included are bacteria, viruses and other airborne microorganisms that trigger allergic responses, contagious illness and health issues. Most of these pathogens are too small to be effectively filtered by standard HVAC air filters. Here’s how ultraviolet light helps fills the gap to protect your air quality:

  • UV lights resembling small fluorescent light tubes can be installed inside ductwork through access holes. Strategically located, these lights expose airflow passing through the ducts to ultraviolet light that destroys toxic microorganisms. Re-circulation of household air through the HVAC system ensures that the sterilization process is ongoing and indoor air quality is continually protected. ??????
  • Exposure to UV light is also helpful for protection against mold in the HVAC system. Once established, mold can spread reproductive spores throughout the entire house in the system airflow. The A/C indoor evaporator coil is often a problem zone as condensation that forms when the air conditioner is running triggers mold growth on coil surfaces. Ultraviolet light tubes located at the A/C evaporator coil continuously sterilize the coil to prevent mold from gaining a foothold and compromising indoor air quality.
  • Wavelengths of ultraviolet light are a component of natural sunlight and effectively sterilize without the use of other chemicals or disinfectants that may cause reactions in sensitive individuals.

Since 1922, Paitson Bros. has offered effective solutions to enhance healthy indoor air quality. Ask us for more details about the benefits of UV lights.

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 other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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