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Do UV Lights Actually Help with Air Quality?

09 Apr
Do UV Lights Actually Help with Air Quality?

UV (ultraviolet) lights can improve your home’s air quality. UV light is a spectrum of sunlight that sanitizes anything organic it hits. Inside your HVAC system, the lights alter the DNA of any organic particle that shines on them.

Biologically, the damaged particles won’t be able to reproduce. The lights will neutralize all the viruses and bacteria inside your home that pass over the lights. Anytime someone brings home an infectious bug, the lights will contain the spread of the disease.

Besides zapping bacterial and viral infestations, UV lights help improve indoor air quality by reducing the potential of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to harm you. VOCs are common gases that come from everyday products made from hydrocarbons like:

  • Cleaning products
  • Paint, glues and adhesives
  • All kinds of flooring materials
  • Plywood
  • Perfumes found in laundry products, candles, air fresheners and makeup
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Dry cleaning

How to Use UV Lights

Since UV light rays can damage eyesight, they’re placed inside HVAC systems in the ductwork or inside the air handler. The latter placement not only provides effective treatment for germs, but it also prevents mold from growing on the evaporator coil and spreading throughout the ductwork. Inside the ducts, they continue to reduce the populations of contaminants.

Benefits of UV Lights

A clean evaporator coil improves the energy efficiency of your system. When ducts are free from biological growths and mold, people with asthma and allergies suffer less.

A home with low levels of VOCs in the air is healthier as well. VOCs are known carcinogens and can affect the nervous system and cause organ damage. The only other way to effectively reduce their risk is by avoiding them completely.

Not needing to use harsh chemicals to prevent the spread of infectious diseases saves money and keeps children and pets away from their chemical residues.

UV lights are an energy efficient and affordable way to improve indoor air quality. For more information about improving air quality, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, providing HVAC services for Monmouth County homeowners.

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