How UV Lights Benefit Your Home

How UV Lights Benefit Your HomeIndoor air quality (IAQ) sits near the top of the EPA’s list of polluted environments, but with the help of UV lights, you can easily and affordably improve it. These lights destroy or alter many of the pollutants in indoor air that collect year-round. They’re soundless, nearly maintenance-free, and don’t require any livable interior space.

UV (ultraviolet) light comes from sunshine and it’s the spectrum that sanitizes the planet by preventing some types of life forms from reproducing. Inside your home, any bacterial, viral, or mold spores that pass by the lights won’t be able to replicate. UV light attacks volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are gases that many of the products you bring home emit as they age.

How to Use UV Light Indoors

Because the UV spectrum causes eye damage, the lights are best placed inside a forced-air HVAC system. Whether they’re inside the ductwork or the blower compartment, the lights will contact much of your home’s air where they purify it.

The lights are particularly effective at controlling the spread of mold throughout your home. Air conditioners are vulnerable to mold growth on the evaporator coil, where the refrigerant circulates. When the warm, humid indoor air contacts it, the moisture condenses. The coil is a hospitable environment for mold growth since it provides the moisture it requires to proliferate. Shining UV lights on this coil eliminates the mold colony and improves air conditioning efficiency.

Inside the ductwork, the UV rays prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria by preventing reproduction. The lights will neutralize the harmful side effects of VOCs generated by all the chemicals products you use indoors.

Maintenance Requirements

Compared to other kinds of air purifiers, A UV lighting system requires little attention. Depending on your indoor dust load, you may need to dust the bulbs twice a year and change the lights annually.

If you’re concerned about your home’s IAQ, consider UV lights for a convenient and effective way to clean it. For more information, contact C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning, providing HVAC services for Middletown homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about UV lights and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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