Do UV Lights Improve Your Overall IAQ?


Ultraviolet equipment, when incorporated into your home’s heating and cooling system, has several advantages. UV lights incredibly protect indoor air quality (IAQ) from harmful bacteria. The air quality in your home is essential for the wellness and satisfaction of you and your family. As we spend some time indoors, seeking refuge from the summer humidity, we must not ignore the air quality we breathe. UV lights operated to enhance IAQ will bring about a cleaner, healthier, and fresher-smelling home atmosphere. Let’s find out how with a few quick tips from our professionals at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling!

So What Are the Perks Of UV Lights?

The go-to UV light for disinfection is ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, UVGI for short. In-duct UVGI is the primary application; decontaminating air as it pushes through your HVAC system. In-duct UVGI irradiates across the entireness of a duct at high power and disinfects surfaces within the HVAC system, like cooling coils and drip pans. It will relieve you to learn that while “UV” sounds harmful, the energy UVGI fixtures produce is UV-C. UV-C has shorter wavelengths than more invasive rays like UV-A and UV-B. And, thus are not as concerning for your health & safety. By decontaminating these HVAC surfaces, UVGI can lessen HVAC system maintenance demands and discourage building-related illnesses; greater preventing the spread of disease.

So What Maintenance Do UV Lights Require?

UV lights need more attention than your ordinary light bulb if you wish to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency. So while a UV lamp will still give off light to the extent of your standard fluorescent bulb, its germicidal combatting skills recedes after about a year. Thus, a yearly swap-out is highly advised, even more so for any lights placed within your ducts. Those established at the evaporator coil often maintain effectiveness for up to two years! However, please don’t neglect to clean those UV lights every six months or ensure they stay dust-free. In addition, we strongly advise against touching UV lamp surfaces. The natural oils secreted from your fingerprints can deplete UV output and cause uneven heating. And while UV lights are safe when installed correctly, direct exposure to UV-C is hazardous, particularly to the skin and eyes. The resulting eye damage may be irreversible, so an experienced technician should always perform any UV handling and installation.

So How Are UV Lights Installed?

When performed strategically, UV lights extinguish nearly 100% of harmful pollutants such as germs, viruses, mold spores, bacteria, and fungi. UV lights, when professionally installed within your air handler, remain the most cost-efficient way of disinfecting your home’s atmosphere as the air blows through your HVAC system. Furthermore, UV lights can be established in your air return or strategically positioned throughout your ductwork. When based around reflective surfaces, UV lights function best alongside high-efficiency filters. UV lights can significantly safeguard your family against health complications. However, to gain these overall health benefits, professional installation is a must. Therefore, allow us to recommend our well-educated HVAC technicians at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling for any and all of your UV technology installation needs.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea of bacteria and mold flourishing within my HVAC system, dispersing around my breathing space! And you guys, not only is UV light beneficial to anyone who desires a healthier home atmosphere, but it can have life-changing advantages for those battling breathing disorders like asthma or C.O.P.D. UV lights have the potential to be cost-efficient and simple to maintain; all you have to do is call Mount Washington Heating & Cooling today at (513) 655-5115, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Let’s boost those IAQ levels by saying “Adios!” to insufficient indoor air quality and “Yes, please!” to a more hygienic and healthier home environment for all!

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