How Do Ultraviolet Air Purifiers Work?

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Ultraviolet germicidal light is a trusted control method used in hospitals, water treatment facilities, and food and beverage industries nationwide.

Ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light air purifiers are designed to be mounted in the ductwork or installed on your air handler to kill germs and control allergens. The UV light damages the microorganisms’ cell structures, preventing them from growing and spreading throughout your home.

These systems are safe for people, equipment, and the indoor environment.

What are the advantages of UV lights?

Because UV lights kill germs, mold spores, and some viruses, your family will be less prone to catching colds and the flu. UV lights may also reduce allergy symptoms and be helpful for those with respiratory problems, pulmonary disease, and asthma because they help neutralize gases that are admitted into the air that can irritate the throat and lungs.

Another added benefit is a cleaner more efficient heating and cooling system.

What are the disadvantages of UV lights?

UV light systems are only effective against living microorganisms, meaning these systems cannot control dust, pollen, pet dander, or other particles that are alive. You should use a high-quality air filter in combination with a UV light air purifier to eliminate all harmful particles in your home.

How do you maintain a UV light?

Check your air filter and UV light on a regular basis. Just like your HVAC system, they require maintenance, including regular cleaning. UV light bulbs can last up to two years and may come with a replacement warranty depending on the manufacturer.

Can UV lights kill the Coronavirus?

No, there is no evidence that any product can kill or prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, we do know that the virus can be more dangerous for those who already have respiratory illnesses and UV lights can help protect against other respiratory issues and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. The most effective way to prevent and stop the spread of COVID-19 is to continue to follow the CDC guidelines.

Should I install a whole-home UV light air purifier?

If you are looking to truly improve the indoor air quality of your home, consider installing a UV light air purifier. It provides an added level of purification that increases the quality of the air you breathe.

At Burkholder’s HVAC, our team of professionals has options to increase the air quality of your home to keep everyone comfortable.  If you’d like to learn more about whole-home UV light air purifiers and how to improve your indoor air quality, contact us today!