How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you realize that another variety of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your house’s air clean?

The sun gives off two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other kinds of premature aging.

There’s another type of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to disinfect air, water and various surfaces.

Luikart Heating & Cooling uses this light in some of our solutions to enhance air filtration in Newark houses.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This specific wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” as it kills the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually die as they can’t spread.

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in residences in Newark. That’s because it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional benefit if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is set inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its rays safely restricted while providing powerful purification for your home’s air.

Filthy air is purified in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light prior to spreading across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still run to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house solution is superior to 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 equipment. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even operate for an extended period of time. And, some portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

When thinking about getting a germicidal lamp for your residence, it’s essential to select one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is good at wiping out odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking approaches to purify your house’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Luikart Heating & Cooling can help. We offer a wide range of solutions to help your family breathe more easily. Contact us at 740-200-5591 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!