Indoor Air QualityHow Do UV Air Purifiers Help Your Home?

April 17, 2017


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Spring is in the air, and with it comes a host of problems associated with the spring. Allergens choke the air, pollen counts increase, and the rains give rise to mold and bacteria infestation. That can spell big trouble for your household, and unfortunately, these aren’t threats you can prevent simply by locking the door and shutting the windows.

On the other hand, an  HVAC technician can install a UV air purifier in your air conditioning system. It will keep your home protected from biological contaminants and help your family enjoy a healthier and happier spring. Here’s how it all works.

UV Stands for Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet light exists beyond the visible spectrum, but can be found in copious amounts in sunlight. It’s what causes our skin to burn and tan when we spend lots of time outdoors. Artificial UV lights use ultraviolet lights at much lower intensity. It causes our white clothes to glow in the dark at rock concerts or on amusement park rides: it’s caused by the light interacting with the chemicals from our laundry detergent.

At those levels, it’s perfectly safe for human beings and multicellular organisms like dogs, cats, and household pets. Against germs and bacteria, however, it’s a completely different story. The UV light will either kill them outright on contact or fuse their DNA, making them unable to replicate. By harnessing that ability, you can make your household air much cleaner and reap the rewards as a result. The only question becomes how to do it.

Your HVAC System Helps

The issue becomes where to place the UV lights in your home where they will do the most good. You can’t simply cover your house in UV lights and random placement won’t help much either. But your HVAC system makes an ideal location for such a spot. Whenever you run your heater or air conditioner, it cycles the air in your home through the system, starting at the apex to your ducts. By shining a sheet of UV light across the width of your ducts, the UV air purifier provides a barrier that forces germs and bacteria through. Your air is scrubbed clean whenever you turn on your system, leading to healthier and cleaner air.

UV air purifiers further benefit you because they have no moving parts and rarely require repairs. A technician may be needed to periodically change the UV light bulbs, but other than that, you can expect many years of regular service from a UV air purifier.

Every home can benefit from such protections, especially here in Kansas. But they’re especially beneficial to any homes with sensitive residents, such as newborn infants, the elderly, or those suffering from conditions such as asthma.

If you’re looking for some added protection for your Prairie Village, KS home this spring and UV air purifiers sound like they’d make a good fit, give the friendly professionals at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling a call. We’ll go over your options with you and set up a timely installation schedule!

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