Home is where the heart is, the saying goes, but it could also be the source of poor indoor air quality that can aggravate allergies or make you and your family sick. No matter how carefully you clean and vacuum, mold, mildew, viruses, and other germs can grow in the HVAC ducts that move air throughout your home.
The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that concentrations of some pollutants can be two to five times higher indoors than they are outside. Now that we’re spending more time at home working, educating the kids, or enjoying family get-togethers, this can have a serious impact on our health. The EPA says young children and the elderly are most at risk.
Fortunately, there is a way you can protect your family. Adding an ultraviolet (UV) light air purifying system to your HVAC can inactivate many of these harmful pollutants and improve your home’s indoor air quality.
How UV air purifiers work
Installing a UV light air purifier in your HVAC unit removes harmful pollutants to improve your indoor air quality. When natural air is drawn into your home’s system, a UV air purifier uses UV light technology to purify it, removing mold, bacteria, and viruses.
Most typical air purifiers use HEPA filters to trap large particles but have trouble catching smaller ones. Since filters can’t kill germs quickly, most UV air purifiers use a HEPA filter and UV light to effectively trap and kill harmful pollutants while purifying the air.
When natural air passes through the filter, it enters a chamber where it’s exposed to UV-C light, which alters the DNA of indoor pollutants. The prolonged exposure removes these contaminants while the air purifier moves air more quickly to properly clean and ventilate the room.
A UV light air purifier can also improve your HVAC’s efficiency because once the air is purified, it prevents dust and other pollutants from building up on air ducts, HEPA filters, and cooling coils.
Benefits of UV light air purifiers
UV light has been used for years to purify water, surfaces, and the air, including hospital rooms. Now you can have those same benefits of UV light technology in your home.
Lee Company’s HVAC pros can install small UV lights throughout your system. They turn on and off with your furnace and air conditioner. In the same way UV rays from the sun can cause sunburn, UV lights inside your HVAC ductwork will “burn” or destroy many of the pollutants that threaten your family. After the UV lights are placed on your system, our technician will test the UV air purifier to make sure it works properly.
There are a lot of portable air purifiers with UV light on the market, but they won’t protect your family as efficiently as a UV system connected to your HVAC. Portable units are designed to purify the air in a single room or area. But a UV system connected to your HVAC can quickly purify the air throughout the whole house. A UV light air purifier can also improve your HVAC’s efficiency because once the air is purified, it prevents dust and other pollutants from building up on air ducts, HEPA filters, and cooling coils.
Your whole home UV air purifier has another benefit. It helps eliminate particles in the air that cause unpleasant odors from cooking, smoking, and other sources, leaving the air in your home feeling fresh.
An HVAC UV light installation is easy and affordable, resulting in no downtime. With improved efficiency on your HVAC, you’ll spend less money on energy bills and save on costly repairs or replacements.
UV light air purifiers require less maintenance
Other forms of air purification rely on filters or screens, which can become clogged and have to be periodically replaced or cleaned. With a UV light system, you never have to worry about air filters. Maintenance is as simple as changing a light bulb. During scheduled maintenance visits, Lee Company professionals will replace any UV bulbs that go out.
We are the HVAC experts
If you’re concerned about poor indoor air quality or tired of annoying odors and constantly changing filters on your HVAC system, it may be time to install a UV air purifier. Lee Company’s HVAC experts are professional, knowledgeable, and always ready to help.
If you want to improve the overall air quality in your home, contact Lee Company today to learn more about how a UV light air purifier can help.
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