How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

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

The sun lets off two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These harmful rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

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

Brogan Heating & AC Inc uses this light in some of our solutions to enhance air filtration in Rochester homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

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

This makes UVC light a potent substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in a lot of disinfection uses, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to sterilize drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to purify air in homes in Rochester. That’s due to the fact it can also eliminate common indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

Using Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is placed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its rays carefully confined while providing powerful purification for your house’s air.

Contaminated air is purified in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of spreading across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still function to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in one space. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that may even operate for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for producing ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your house, it’s important to get one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is good at eradicating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re seeking ways to freshen your residence’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Brogan Heating & AC Inc can help. We offer a wide range of products to help your household breathe more easily. Contact us at 507-218-0088 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!