Ultraviolet light is an effective method at killing harmful bacteria. It’s used by hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores and even for purifying city water. But did you know that UV lights are used for your home’s indoor air quality as well?
When UV light kits are installed into your HVAC system duct work, you can expect it to both clean your system and purify your air at the same. For this reason, more and more households are opting to install UV lights kits, but there are still many that aren’t aware of UV light kits being an option for them.
Keep reading to learn about the benefits of installing UV light kits for your HVAC system and how they can improve your indoor air quality!
All About Indoor Air Quality
To understand the UV light kits, it’s important to first understand indoor air quality!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors. This means that breathing high quality air, free of pollutants and bacteria, is critical for good health.
In fact, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has stated that one of the top five environmental risks to public health is heavily polluted air. Not only that, but the EPA has also reported that indoor air pollution in particular is often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollution.
Airborne contaminants from poor indoor air quality can cause serious health issues, including but not limited to asthma, pneumonitis, heart disease, cancer and other viral or bacterial infections.
How UV Light Kits Can Help Indoor Air Quality
Since the early 1800s, ultraviolet (UV) lights have been shown to both kill and prevent bacteria and other microorganisms from spreading. As mentioned, UV lights kits are now used in HVAC systems as a line of defense against harmful microbes for this very reason. However, UV light kits offer many other benefits, such as:
Kills Mold and Mildew
If you’ve dealt with mold in your home before, then you would benefit from installing UV light kits. UV light has shown to be a highly effective way of killing mold spores without using any harsh chemicals like bleach. Just make sure to use bulbs that are between 8-watts to 16-watts, which is the ideal range for killing mold spores.
UV lights are also effective at reducing stubborn smells such as those caused by:
- Cleaning agents
- Animals kennels
- Cooking areas
Reduces Maintenance Repair Costs
UV light kits reduce contaminant buildup, which means your HVAC system won’t need to work as hard as usual just to keep up. This not only reduces the number of maintenance repairs, but can also lengthen the overall lifespan of your system’s equipment.
While our air filters work hard to catch any particles from debris that can worsen indoor air quality, they don’t catch everything! Adding a UV light kit to your home can improve airflow even more by clearing any leftover particles that can irritate your upper respiratory system. This is especially helpful for those that are especially sensitive to air quality, such as asthma or allergy sufferers.
Reduce Drain Clogs
All air conditioning systems produce some moisture, which is released through the condensate drain line. At times, however, a drain line gets clogged which can lead to mold or mildew. A UV light kit reduces moisture on top of bacteria, which will prevent your drain clog from clogging down the line.
Note: Despite these benefits, it’s important to know that UV light kits should be used in addition to an air filtration system, not as your first line of defense. To trap larger particles from circulating through your home, the CDC recommends that a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)-level air filter.
Interested? Give Air Clinic SA a Call!
Are you looking to learn more about UV light kits for your San Antonio home? Or do you have any other HVAC related questions? Contact Air Clinic SA today! Our licensed HVAC contractors are ready to help you with UV light kit installations, or any other HVAC service such as repairs, full system replacements or seasonal tune-ups.