We often get asked if UV air purifiers, also called UV germicidal lights or simply UV lights, are worth the investment. Not only are they, they might actually be the best way to clean your indoor air.
Look, there are a number of particles and contaminants that can negatively impact the health of your indoor air. In fact, your indoor air may be more polluted than the air outside if you don’t have the right air quality products in place. And UV germicidal lights could be just the product you need.
“Does This Work Like Other Air Purifiers?”
To answer that, we first need to explain what a typical air purifier does. Instead of using a fiber mesh to trap particles and pollutants in your home like an air filter does, air purifiers actually draw particles from the air.
The most popular types of air purifiers, which many people have heard of, are electronic and ionization air purifiers. These systems function by charging unwanted contaminants and drawing them down into the system, where you can clean them off later. However, this is not effective against all the contaminants that can enter your airstream—particularly mold and mildew. For this, you need UV germicidal lights!
UV lights are comprised of a set of lamps that send out a low-frequency ultraviolet radiation throughout your ductwork, where the system is installed. This is the same UV radiation that comes from the sun, just in a much lower dose—so it’s harmless to people but can kill single-celled microorganisms that can be living in your ductwork.
“Does This Mean They’re Dangerous?”
We understand why you would jump to that conclusion—we are talking about UV radiation after all. But the level of UV radiation that is needed in this indoor air quality product to effectively do its job will not create any health concerns for anyone in your household. In fact, the lights won’t even be visible since they’re installed and integrated directly into HVAC ventilation.
UV lights, are, however, powerful enough to kill microbes and other tiny organic pollutants that are moving through your air ducts. This means that any microorganism within your ductwork can enter the airflow, but UV lights can stop it from growing and prevent that from ever happening.
It’s important that homeowners remember, just like any other important indoor air quality product or solution, in order to work as it is meant to, yours should be installed by an experienced and highly trained professional. Our team will make recommendations based on your home’s specific needs, and you may even find that you can benefit from a combination of indoor air quality solutions. You can trust our team of experts for your indoor air quality needs!
At the end of the day, UV germicidal lights are considered by many to be the best solution for clean indoor air because they attack the problem before it even starts.