Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you know that a different type of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

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

There’s another type 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 applied to purify air, water and various surfaces.

Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc uses this light in some of our systems to better air filtration in Rockford houses.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

This precise wavelength is called “germicidal” since it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens pass through this light, they eventually perish because they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a potent replacement to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in a lot of disinfection applications, such as medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to clean drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming more popular to disinfect air in residences in Rockford. That’s because it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is installed inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling units. This also keeps its beams carefully confined while delivering powerful disinfection for your home’s air.

Dirty air is purified in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light before circulating around your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still function to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house option is greater than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even operate for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for making ozone.

When thinking about buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s important to choose one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re seeking ways to clean your home’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc can help. We offer a large range of options to help your loved ones breathe better. Contact us at (815)914-6197 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!