Even though adding UV lights to your HVAC system has been common since the 1990s, many homeowners are not aware that doing so can improve the air quality in the home and the efficiency of the HVAC unit.
A study published in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2001 found that installing germicidal UV lights in the air ducts of an office building significantly lowered the levels of fungus in the air. A similar Duke University study found that a specific type of UV light almost wiped out the presence of some drug-resistant bacteria in hospital rooms. You can see similar results in your home by installing UV lighting as part of your HVAC system.
Mold loves dark, moist environments like the one inside your HVAC unit. The presence of an ultraviolet light makes the conditions less hospitable and breaks down some components of the mold, rendering them harmless. Since mold can aggravate conditions like asthma, adding this type of light may help keep you and your family healthier.
Your HVAC unit is designed to circulate air throughout your living space to keep the rooms comfortable. But that also creates an easy path for viruses and bacteria to spread to everyone in your family. UV light kills many of these germs.
UV lighting in your HVAC system keeps contaminants from building up on the internal parts of the machine. The equipment doesn’t have to work as hard and uses less energy. Since heating and cooling are usually the biggest chunk of your utility bill, you can see significant savings when the unit is running at peak performance.
UV lights are a sensible investment if the conditions in your home are right. To get your living space evaluated, contact All Year Cooling today.