How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your residence’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 type of UV light, known as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to disinfect air, water and some surfaces.

True Temp Heating & Air Inc uses this light in several of our products to enhance air filtration in Chatsworth homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This distinct wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually die as they can’t multiply.

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in houses in Chatsworth. That’s since it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We put a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams carefully confined while providing strong purification for your residence’s air.

Filthy air is freshened in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light before moving across your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house option is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that could even last longer. And, some portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for producing ozone.

When considering adding a germicidal lamp to your home, it’s important to choose one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is good at wiping out odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory troubles.

If you’re trying to find ways to freshen your house’s air, the indoor air quality experts at True Temp Heating & Air Inc can help. We have a large range of options to help your family breathe better. Contact us at 706-695-7492 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!