Did you know that UV lights were used to treat tuberculosis in the early 1900s? Since then, ultraviolet lights have been widely adapted for a variety of uses, from sterilizing water to setting nail polish faster. Want to know of another place where you can find UV light technology? In your air conditioner! Utilizing UV light technology in your air conditioning system touts many benefits; here’s what you should know.
How Does UV Light Technology Work?
UV light technology for your air conditioner may seem intimidating, but the technology is relatively simple. UV light works to sterilize the air in your home by killing microorganisms lurking within your AC system. The ultraviolet light kills the microorganisms by damaging their DNA. The UV radiation disrupts the chemical bonds, which are responsible for holding the atoms of DNA together. If severe damage occurs, the bacteria is unable to repair sustained damage or regenerate new cells. When UV lighting is installed, it is simply placed within the ductwork near the evaporator coil. As the UV light emits germicidal light on the indoor air that flows through the ductwork, harmful bacterium is removed.
Benefits of UV Lights
UV light technology offers incredible benefits for homeowners. When you have UV lights installed within your air conditioning system, here are some of the perks it provides for you and your home:
- Fights against bacteria – Arguably the biggest benefit of installing UV light technology within your HVAC system is that the ultraviolet lighting can fight against numerous types of bacteria, such as mold. UV lighting quickly and easily sterilizes the air that is filtered through your home or business, making it a great option for hospitals or anywhere where health is a major concern.
- Improves indoor air quality – UV lighting can greatly improve indoor air quality. By removing mold, dust, dirt and other common allergens, the technology improves the overall quality of air, making it easier to breathe. This makes UV lighting a great option for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
- It is cost effective – UV lighting is an economical addition to your home. Not only is the installation cost effective, but by adding UV lights to your HVAC system, you can greatly reduce energy consumption while also improving airflow and comfort.
At Engineered Air, the comfort of your home is our #1 priority. If your home has poor indoor air quality, we want to help. One of our trained technicians can quickly assess your HVAC system and determine if your home could benefit from UV light technology. If you have any questions, contact us today, and be sure to click here to read more blogs on everything HVAC.