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 kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’s air clean?

The sun lets off two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These harmful rays can result in sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.

There’s another kind of UV light, referred to as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to purify air, water and some surfaces.

Dave's Diversified Services uses this light in some of our systems to improve air filtration in Front Royal homes.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This specific wavelength is classified as “germicidal” since it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually perish because they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a strong substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in many disinfection applications, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to purify drinking water and other liquids created in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to purify air in houses in Front Royal. That’s due to the fact it can also eliminate typical indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra perk for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We put a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is put within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams securely contained while delivering great cleaning for your residence’s air.

Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light before moving throughout your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house solution is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a lone area. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even operate longer. And, some portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.

When thinking over getting a germicidal lamp for your residence, it’s important to look for one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory problems.

If you’re seeking ways to freshen your home’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Dave's Diversified Services can help. We offer a large range of solutions to help your family breathe easier. Contact us at 540-636-3396 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!