UV air purifiers, also known as UV germicidal lights, are an effective and safe way to eliminate organic pollutants from circulating through an HVAC system and subsequently the rest of a home. Lamps send out ultraviolet light that disrupts the cellular material of germs, viruses, bacteria and mold spores, destroying them and preventing them from spreading. Proper installation of UV germicidal lights can make great strides in cleaning up a home’s air and alleviate problems with asthma and allergies.
However, UV air purifiers have another advantage that people may not be aware of: they protect air conditioning systems and keep them from losing their energy efficiency.
Mold, bacteria, and your air conditioner
Mold and bacteria can easily develop along an air conditioner’s indoor coil (the evaporator coil). As the coil cools down the air that passes over and around it, moisture from the air condenses along the coil’s aluminum surface. If the air contains microbacteria and mold, it will start to grow along the coil. The moist environment of the AC will make it easier for these organic pollutants to continue to spread across the coil.
This will lead to a number of problems. First, it will lower indoor air quality further, giving mold and bacteria an ideal place to thrive. Second, it will create unpleasant moldy odors throughout the house. And third, it will actually make the air conditioner less effective. Why? Because a layer of mold across the coil makes it harder for the coil to absorb heat from the air. The AC will struggle and cost more to run.
UV germicidal lights to the rescue!
Installing UV germicidal lights is an excellent way to prevent moldy air conditioner problems. Placement of the lights will not only remove the mold spores and microbacteria in the air that can get onto the coil, but will also remove contaminants right off the coil. A UV light shining directly onto the coil will keep it clean of mold and other organic contaminants.
If you would like installation of UV germicidal lights or air conditioning repairs in Lakewood, CA, just call on JW Heating and Air today.