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

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

There’s another variety of UV light, referred to as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to disinfect air, water and various surfaces.

Appalachian Heating uses this light in a few of our products to boost air filtration in Beckley and Mount Hope homes.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

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

This makes UVC light a potent replacement to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in a lot of disinfection uses, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to sterilize drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to purify air in houses in Beckley and Mount Hope. That’s since it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra benefit if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We install a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling units. This also keeps its beams securely restricted while providing great purification for your house’s air.

Dirty air is purified 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 function to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even last for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are known for producing ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your home, it’s critical to buy one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is fantastic at eliminating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re seeking methods to clean your house’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Appalachian Heating can help. We sell a large range of solutions to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 304-707-0600 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!