When you notice people in your house suffering from higher levels of asthma, allergy symptoms, or general illness, you may think the problem is with the quality of the indoor air. You’re probably right… but what kind of air filter or purification system will deal with this problem?
We can’t answer that question in a blog post, because it takes specialists to make the determination for each house. However, we can tell you that one of the more common ways to approach a home that is suffering from an increase in the pollutants that causes illnesses is to install UV germicidal lights.
What UV germicidal lights do
Often, the airborne contaminants that create allergy and asthma flare-ups and various illnesses are microbacteria and mold spores. A variety of biological pollutants can develop within the ductwork of the HVAC system and get blown around whenever the heater or AC turns on. Unfortunately, these small particles usually slip through mechanical filters and can escape standard electronic air purifiers. But they won’t be able to overcome UV germicidal lights, a.k.a. UV air purifiers.
These purifiers are essentially lamps that send out waves of high-frequency ultraviolet radiation. This UV radiation is disruptive to the cellular functions of mold spores and bacteria, either destroying them or preventing them from reproducing and effectively rendering them inert.
A huge advantage of using a UV air purifier is that it doesn’t introduce chemicals into the ductwork that will end up in your home’s air. The ultraviolet light is enough to kill most biological intruders. The UV lamps are not harmful to people in your home since they are shielded and produce radiation at levels not harmful to human tissue.
Although simple in operation, UV air purifiers must have professionals install them so they work correctly and target the maximum area within your HVAC system. You will also need occasional maintenance work to keep the lights doing their jobs.
JW Heating and Air provides services for UV germicidal lights in Whittier, CA. We serve the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando, and San Gabriel areas.