The COVID-19 pandemic is a constant reminder to all of us about the importance of clean indoor air quality (IAQ) in our everyday lives, especially as we find ourselves more or less forced to stay home more often. Washing your hands and taking other precautions can certainly positively impact your health, but another part of the equation is to purify the indoor air we breathe. The addition of an ultraviolet (UV) lighting system to your home’s heating and cooling system creates a healthier environment for your family.
How does a UV light work?
An ultraviolet lighting system destroys microorganisms by altering their DNA. These systems kill microbes – they don’t remove other particles such as pet dander or dust. There are two sterilization types of UV lights for HVAC: air sterilization and coil sterilization. Both systems are integrated into your home’s air ducts and are easily added to your existing HVAC equipment.
Air sterilization lights function by sterilizing the air flowing through your ductwork. They activate with the blower to kill airborne mold and germs. This type of system operates more effectively when used with a quality air filter with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. Our HVAC experts are always happy to help you choose the right filter for your home’s system.
In contrast, coil UV lights work by sterilizing your air conditioning unit’s air handler coil. Because your system’s indoor coil condenses moisture from the air to help lower the humidity in your home, it is an ideal breeding spot for bacteria and mold. A coil UV light runs non-stop and directly on the coil to destroy harmful microbes.
Can a UV light kill viruses?
Ultraviolet lighting systems have been proven via long-term research to attack viruses, mold, bacteria, and other pathogens in your home’s airflow. According to the CDC, UV light is exceptionally effective in decontaminating exposed surfaces in industrial facilities, hospitals, and many other settings.
While these systems can improve your indoor air quality and eliminate airborne pathogens that exacerbate asthma and other respiratory issues, they won’t stop the threat of infection entirely. Good hygiene and common sense are always your best bets for staying healthy.
Other benefits of UV lights
As we said above, these systems improve your home’s indoor air quality by cleaning the air flowing through your ductwork. Allowing a licensed, certified professional to clean and seal your ductwork ensures that you’ll get the biggest benefit from your UV lighting system. And here’s another tip to get the best performance from your HVAC system – change your air filter regularly.
UV lighting is a proven technology you can trust. For many decades now, medical facilities have used UV lights to keep their air and surfaces clean and disinfected. You can bring that same cleansing power home. And because a UV light functions on wavelength, it won’t circulate aerosols that release ozone into your home.
Call our UV lighting experts today
It’s affordable and practical to install UV lighting to improve the indoor air quality of your home. We understand the vital importance of creating and maintaining a healthy and comfortable living space for your family, especially during these challenging times. Call 1-844-HEY-NEIGHBOR or request service online today to learn more about our UV lighting products and other quality services.
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