When most people think about UV light, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the harmful effects of the sun’s rays and the importance of protecting your skin. However, UV lights have many benefits when it comes to air conditioning and have become vital for improving indoor air quality, especially in humid regions like central Florida.
6 Benefits of UV Lights for HVAC Systems
UV lights provide the following benefits for air conditioning systems:
1. Improves Air Quality
HVAC ultraviolet light acts as a cleaning agent for bad microorganisms and helps remove harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air. The light disrupts the formation of germs and as a result, prevents their ability to multiply.
2. Reduces Sickness and Allergies
UV light also eliminates allergens the same way it does germs. The buildup of dust, mold, and mildew can be controlled with UV light to reduce sneezing and other allergy-related symptoms.
3. Improves Airflow and Efficiency
Over time, it’s common that your HVAC system will start to collect dirt, germs, and other pollutants that prevent efficient output. UV light will organically clean AC coils and result in smoother airflow.
4. Decreases Energy Costs
Whenever you have something blocking airflow, the system has to work harder to achieve better output. By adding a UV lighting device to your HVAC system, not only does it provide cleaner air but is also energy efficient and will lower power bills.
5. Eliminates Odors
Air pollutants roaming around our home not only make us pinch our nose at the smell, but can also be very hazardous. Volatile Organic Compounds are a main source of the smell and cause chemicals to infiltrate the air. A major benefit of UV light is the elimination of VOCs, musty smells, and the odor of mildew from the ventilation system and improving your breathing space.
6. Reduces Clogging in the Condensate Drain Line
Air conditioning systems produce moisture from within. Over time, this moisture can build up and clog the condensate drain line, causing a variety of issues. UV light reduces this moisture and can keep this drain line from clogging.
How Do UV Lights Work?
It is widely held that the most effective way to reduce germs in an HVAC system is by stopping them at the source. Within your air handler, a UV light kills germs by disrupting their DNA, effectively preventing them for reproducing.
Earth’s atmosphere naturally filters UV light, so microbes do not have a built up tolerance to it. When the mold and bacteria cannot reproduce, their populations die off.
A UV light’s effect will begin immediately. In a just few minutes, up to 90 percent of the germs will be sterilized. Within 24 hours, the population will be disrupted beyond recovery.
While killing harmful mold and bacteria is a feat in its own, that’s not the only thing a UV light can accomplish. Here are some additional benefits to installing a UV light in your air handler.
Are UV Lights Safe For My Family?
Because a UV light system is installed inside your air handler, which is an enclosed space, there is no danger to any living thing in the home—except for the germs growing in your HVAC system.
Still, it is important to avoid looking at or touching UV lights, as direct contact can be dangerous. It is always safest to have a professional technician handle the installation, care, and maintenance of your UV light.
Climate Design Can Help You
At Climate Design, we understand that sometimes AC issues occur during the most inconvenient times. This is why we have a 24/7 AC emergency line, and we provide HVAC services all over Tampa Bay: Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, St. Pete Beach, Eastlake, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, New Port Richey.
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