More homeowners these days are looking for ways to improve the health and safety of their homes. One way to do this is by tackling your indoor air quality needs through products and services such as air filtration systems, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers. There are a number of things that can negatively impact your indoor air quality–in fact, indoor air quality can be worse than the quality of the air outside without the right systems in place. Fortunately, we have the solutions you need to keep your family healthy.
One such solution is the UV (ultraviolet) air purifier! Read on as we uncover what this is and how the installation of one can help you and your family breathe a little easier.
What Is It That Air Purifiers Do?
You likely already understand that when you hear the term “air purifier,” it’s a product that helps clean the air and circulate clean air throughout the home. Instead of using a fiber mesh to trap pollutants as an air filter does, a traditional air purifier draws particles from the air.
Speaking of air filters, there’s something we should clear up right away. The air filter that comes standard with your air conditioner or heating system is not in place to protect your indoor air quality. That’s not what it is designed for. It is instead in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its components. This air filter certainly helps a little with improving air quality, but not in a truly effective way.
Air purifiers are different. You may have heard of an electronic or ionization air purifier. These systems charge unwanted particles in the air and draw them down into the system, where they can later be cleaned off. This isn’t super effective against all contaminants that can enter your home’s airflow, however–namely mold, mildew, viruses, and bacteria. For this, you’ll want a UV air purifier!
The Power of a UV Air Purifier
Also called UV lights or germicidal lights, this is a set of lamps that send out low-frequency ultraviolet radiation, hence the name. This is the same kind of radiation that comes from the sun, but rather than being harmful to you, it’s harmful to the cells of organic tissue, as it disrupts cellular functions, killing the cells and rendering them incapable of reproducing.
The important thing to remember about UV air purifiers is that they aren’t harmful to you. The level of UV radiation in UV air purifiers won’t create any health problems for you, your family, or even your pets. In fact, you won’t even see the lights, because they’ll be integrated into your ductwork.
From there, they help eliminate viruses and bacteria right at the source, before it even has a chance to enter your indoor air. This can be a great solution for your home as a standalone, or it can be combined with other indoor air quality products such as an ionization air purifier and/or a dehumidifier. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for more information!