Is UV Light for My AC or Furnace Worth It?

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your house’s air clean?

The sun lets off two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

There’s another concentration of UV light, known as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to purify air, water and some surfaces.

Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning uses this light in a few of our solutions to improve air filtration in Thedford houses.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This precise wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” because it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually perish since they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a strong substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in a lot of disinfection procedures, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to sterilize drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to purify air in houses in Thedford. That’s because it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional perk if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is put in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its light safely contained while providing strong cleaning for your house’s air.

Dirty air is purified in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light prior to circulating across your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house product is greater than a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in a single room. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that can even operate for a longer life span. And, the majority of portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.

When thinking about buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s critical to look for one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is good at eradicating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory problems.

If you’re looking for approaches to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We have a broad range of solutions to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 519-296-4437 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!