How UV Lights Can Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

How UV Lights Improve Indoor Air QualityIt’s always easier to understand your options when you throw a new light on HVAC technology. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, installing germicidal ultra violet (UV) lights significantly lowers bacterial contamination and improves indoor air quality in residential HVAC systems. It’s no surprise that this bright idea for keeping the house fresh and healthy is catching on with smart homeowners throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Source of the Problem

No one likes to think of the attic as a petri dish, but the warm, moist environment of your HVAC unit creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Mold, fungus and germs grow on cooling coils and evaporator trays, and the contaminants collect in your ducts, insulation and filters. This microscopic debris eventually becomes airborne throughout the house posing serious concerns for families dealing with allergies or asthma. Even infectious respiratory diseases easily spread through the air and put everyone’s health at risk. Routinely cleaning and replacing filters helps, but it doesn’t address the primary source of the problem.

It’s Hard to Control

Regular HVAC inspection and maintenance twice a year makes a big difference in maintaining your home’s air quality. However, it’s impossible to eliminate the moist conditions that breed bacteria growth because your HVAC system condenses air as it performs its job. Proper ventilation is important, but unfiltered air from outside constantly adds to interior contamination. Specialty filters and portable air cleaners can only do so much, and both need regular maintenance and cleaning. You can’t remove the source of microscopic particle growth and distribution in your home without eliminating the entire HVAC system that keeps the house comfortable.

Technology That Works

For more than 50 years, germicidal UV light technology has been used to sterilize food, water and air. While you don’t plan picnics in the attic, these lights address the problems caused by the moisture and warmth generated by your HVAC unit. They emit a short wavelength of radiation similar to the sun’s light, and this illumination is very effective for killing germs. The UV light penetrates bacterial cells and destroys their structure, and it disarms mold, fungus and virus microbes. The technology is a proven technique with everyday applications in the medical, industrial and food processing fields.

Professional Installation Solutions

The shapes and designs of UV lights are similar to standard bulbs, and their versatile configurations allow for custom installations in residential and commercial HVAC systems. The lights are focused on evaporator coils and drain pans while additional bulbs are mounted throughout the duct work. Their continuous illumination eliminates the source of airborne contaminants by destroying bacteria, mold and fungus. The bulbs typically last for two years, require minimum maintenance and cost pennies a day to operate. Germicidal UV lights are an effective, affordable strategy for ensuring a flow of fresh, healthy air throughout your home.

UV lights are easily configured into existing HVAC systems, and even older units can take advantage of their simple operation. When you think about the quality of your home’s interior, it’s important to consider more than a fresh scent in the air. Talk with your friendly HVAC specialist, and let him explain your options for installing this remarkable home technology. Once you understand all the benefits, it’s easy to see why it’s such a bright idea.

Contact Max Mechanical

At Max Mechanical, we offer indoor air quality testing to residents in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and across the entire DFW Metroplex to help diagnose any indoor air quality problems that maybe affecting your family’s health. Our experienced HVAC technicians can provide you guidance in choosing the best solution at the right price. Let us help improve your family’s health, contact Max Mechanical to schedule an indoor air quality test today.

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