Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But were you aware that a different type of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

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

There’s another kind of UV light, called UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to clean air, water and some surfaces.

Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning uses this light in a few of our solutions to boost air filtration in Omaha houses.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This distinct wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it destroys 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 mighty substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in a lot of disinfection procedures, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to sterilize drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to disinfect air in homes in Omaha. That’s due to the fact it can also eradicate frequent indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional perk if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Using Germicidal UV Light in Your House

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

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

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single space. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even last for a longer life span. And, some portable air purifiers are notorious for producing ozone.

When thinking about buying a germicidal lamp for your residence, it’s important to buy one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is fantastic at eliminating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking ways to purify your residence’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We have a broad range of options to help your family breathe easier. Contact us at 402-509-5940 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!