Monthly Archives: April 2015

What Do UV Lights Really Do For Your Indoor Air Quality?

Modern homes are designed to have heating and cooling systems that recycle air inside the building. To achieve this goal in an energy efficient manner, the building must be sealed to prevent air that is already conditioned from escaping to the outside. While this is usually achieved in a safe manner, there is an ever-increasing amount of bacteria and fungi in homes and this also needs to be dealt with. While filters in HVAC systems can filter out even the tiniest sand granules or fungi spores, they are not 100 percent effective. For this reason, UV lights must be used. Ultraviolet radiation from UV lights can kill unwanted micro-organisms, such as mold. This will help to ensure that your home is healthy and safe for the family.

How UV Lights Work

If you want to get the best results, you should consider installing UV lights in your air ducts, evaporator coils of your heat pump or shining UV lights direct on your air conditioner. In case there are several strains or types of viruses, mold, bacteria and mold in your home, you can use a catalyst to speed up destruction of these harmful micro-organisms. When the catalyst is exposed to UV rays, it breaks the micro-organisms down, forming harmless byproducts in the process. According to the EPA, this method of getting rid of micro-organisms in your home may not be 100% effective, but it can be very helpful in reducing the amount of harmful micro-organisms in your home.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Now that you know UV lights can be very effective, you should not forget to check your home’s air filtration system. By regularly cleaning and replacing the filters in your air conditioning system, you will be able to further improve the quality of air in your house. That said, UV lights provide homeowners with a cost effective option for improving indoor air quality. These lights come in form of simple light bulbs that emit light blue, or ultra violent, light. All you need to do is buy the bulb and screw it into a standard bulb holder. Call us for all heating and air conditioning needs.