How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But did you know that a different type of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your house’s air clean?

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

There’s another variety of UV light, referred to as UVC. While direct exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to clean air, water and various surfaces.

Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing uses this light in several of our solutions to boost air filtration in McMurray residences.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

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

This makes UVC light a strong alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in a lot of disinfection procedures, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also applied to clean drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to disinfect air in houses in McMurray. That’s because it can also wipe out common indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We place a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is placed inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its light safely housed while delivering strong cleaning for your house’s air.

Contaminated air is purified in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light before spreading around your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t working, these lights still run to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house product is superior to a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in a lone area. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that could even work for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are notorious for making ozone.

When thinking about buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s important to select one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory problems.

If you’re trying to find ways to clean your home’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help. We have a large range of options to help your loved ones breathe better. Contact us at 724-370-0141 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!