How Using UV Lights in Your HVAC System Eliminates Viruses

The sun produces three varieties of ultraviolet (UV) light: UVA, UVB and UVC. You are likely most familiar with UVA and UVB rays, which might produce sunburn unless you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. UVC rays are separate. The sun still creates them, but the earth’s ozone layer soaks up all UVC rays, so you aren’t exposed to them in nature.

UVC light provides highly beneficial germicidal benefits. In actuality, it has been used as a purification method for a long time. As the highest energy portion of the UV radiation spectrum, UVC light helps break down microorganisms such as bacteria, algae and fungi in under 10 seconds of contact. When installed in your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights may dramatically boost your indoor air quality.

How Do HVAC UV Lights Work?

Ultraviolet lamps are used in your ductwork, where they run continuously. Air moves past the lights when the furnace or air conditioner operates, and intense UVC rays inactivate and kill most viruses, bacteria or mold floating in the air. Inactivated microorganisms can’t reproduce and die soon after UVC exposure.

5 Advantages of Using UV Lights in Your HVAC System

With other forms of air cleaning available, why should you think over putting a UV light in your HVAC system? Review these perks:

1. Cleaner Coils

The evaporator coil in your HVAC system is routinely wet, particularly when it’s hot. By constantly shining UVC light on the coil, mold and bacteria cannot grow.

2. Fresher Indoor Air

Media air filters can catch the smaller bacteria and viruses. UV lights reduce the amount of microorganisms in the air without restricting airflow.

3. Enhanced Efficiency

By sustaining steady airflow and keeping the equipment clean, UV lights help your HVAC system function more effectively. This, in turn, reduces your energy costs every month.

4. Greater HVAC Life Span

Clean equipment works more evenly and breaks down less often. It may even last years longer.

5. Lower Chance of Condensate Drain Line Clogs

Air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces create condensate, which drains away through a nearby pipe. Over time, algae can collect in the drain line. By stopping organic growth initially, UVC lights lower the odds of water damage from a clogged condensate drain pan.

Who Should Install Germicidal UV Lights?

When you review all the perks they offer your HVAC system, UV lights could easily prove valuable in any home. You are most likely to appreciate adding HVAC UV lights if you or anyone in your home has:

    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Any respiratory ailment
    • Compromised immune system

If you’re thinking about installing germicidal UV lights, chat with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can recommend the perfect system based on your HVAC equipment and indoor air quality needs. It’s important to leave UV light installation and maintenance to an expert because UVC exposure could lead to skin or eye injuries. To learn more about how UV lights perform, or to schedule a free home comfort consultation, contact us at 866-397-3787 right away!

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