How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you know that another variety of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your house’s air clean?

The sun emits two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These dangerous rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

There’s another concentration of UV light, known as UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to clean air, water and certain surfaces.

Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc uses this light in several of our products to improve air filtration in South Beloit and Belvidere houses.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This precise wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” since it wipes out the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a potent replacement to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in lots of disinfection procedures, such as medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also applied to purify drinking water and other liquids created in food processing.

It’s becoming more popular to disinfect air in homes in South Beloit and Belvidere. That’s since it can also wipe out frequent indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We put a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its light securely confined while giving great disinfection for your home’s air.

Contaminated air is cleaned in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of flowing throughout your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still run to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house option is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a lone room. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that could even operate for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for making ozone.

When thinking about getting a germicidal lamp for your residence, it’s essential to look for one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory problems.

If you’re looking for ways to purify your house’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help. We offer a broad range of solutions to help your household breathe easier. Contact us at 877-389-2465 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!