The sun produces three types of ultraviolet (UV) light: UVA, UVB and UVC. You are likely most familiar with UVA and UVB rays, which can cause sunburn unless you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. UVC rays are distinct. The sun still produces them, but the earth’s ozone layer soaks up all UVC rays, so you don’t come across them in nature.
UVC light grants outstanding germicidal benefits. In fact, it has been used as a cleaning method for a long time. As the highest energy portion of the UV radiation spectrum, UVC light helps destroy microorganisms such as bacteria, algae and fungi in under 10 seconds of contact. When placed in your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights may drastically enhance your indoor air quality.
Ultraviolet lamps are placed within your ductwork, where they run constantly. Air flows past the lights when the furnace or air conditioner runs, and strong UVC rays inactivate and neutralize the majority of viruses, bacteria or mold present in the air. Inactivated microorganisms can’t reproduce and die briefly after UVC exposure.
With other types of air cleaning possible, why should you consider placing a UV light in your HVAC system? Think about these perks:
The evaporator coil in your HVAC system is consistently wet, namely when it’s hot. By always shining UVC light on the coil, mold and bacteria cannot grow.
Media air filters can trap tiny bacteria and viruses. UV lights lower the amount of microorganisms in the air without affecting airflow.
By providing steady airflow and keeping the equipment clean, UV lights help your HVAC system work more easily. This, in turn, lowers your energy costs each month.
Clean equipment works more evenly and needs repairs less frequently. It might even run years longer.
Air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces generate condensate, which drains away into a nearby pipe. As time passes, algae can collect in the drain line. By stopping organic growth at the beginning, UVC lights lower the chance of water damage from a clogged condensate drain pan.
When you explore all the perks they offer your HVAC system, UV lights could quickly prove useful in any residence. You are more apt to recognize installing HVAC UV lights if you or anyone in your home has:
If you’re thinking about getting germicidal UV lights, talk with Calverley Service Experts. We can suggest the ideal system based on your HVAC equipment and indoor air quality needs. It’s best to leave UV light installation and maintenance to a professional because UVC exposure may lead to skin or eye injuries. To find out about how UV lights perform, or to arrange a free home comfort consultation, contact us at 817-380-5647 now!
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