Is UV Light for My AC or Furnace Worth It?

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’s air clean?

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

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

Vogts Heating & Air uses this light in a few of our systems to boost air filtration in Pocatello residences.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This precise wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it wipes out the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t spread.

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

It’s becoming more popular to purify air in residences in Pocatello. That’s since it can also eliminate frequent indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We install a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is put inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its beams safely contained while providing great purification for your home’s air.

Filthy air is cleaned in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of circulating across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t working, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house solution is greater than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one room. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that can even work longer. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are known for making ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your home, it’s essential to look for one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at eradicating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re trying to find ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Vogts Heating & Air can help. We sell a large range of solutions to help your family breathe better. Contact us at 208-621-0129 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!