Do UV Lights Improve Your Overall IAQ?

Jul 1, 2022 | Uncategorized

Have you heard of utilizing UV lights with your HVAC system? Perhaps you have, but aren’t completely sure of what it entails and why anyone would need to use UV lights in this manner? You’re probably wondering if UV lights are even necessary. However, did you know that indoor air quality is up to five times worse than outdoor air? UV lights may be a useful tool in the war on germs and airborne viruses. We at Mason Heating & Air believe that UV lights are well worth the hype, especially when it comes to battling bacteria and airborne viruses! But just don’t take our word for it. Please continue reading if you’d like to learn more about UV lights’ advantages, as well as why we think they help improve house air quality.

Where Did The Idea Of UV Lights Start?

In 1801, Johann Wilhelm Ritter discovered UV radiation. However, it was not until 1903 that UV rays became popular when Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for his studies on UV light. Since then, hospitals, food, and water treatment facilities, and other health-related industries have used UV lights with a success rate of 99.9 percent. The ability of UV radiation to virtually destroy airborne germs and pollutants is unrivaled. The good news is that while UV lights are utilized in commercial settings, they may also be used in residential areas! When combined with your HVAC equipment, UV lights may become the ultimate “ultimate tool” for improving indoor air quality at home.

What Are the Benefits of UV Lights?

Before you begin, it’s critical to understand why UV lights are beneficial. Indoor air quality is important since it has an impact on overall health. Inadequate indoor air quality can produce a variety of negative side effects, both temporary and long-term. So while you may be the “neat-freak”, germs, and other airborne pollutants will surely enter your home. So what are the benefits? Well, UV lights aid in the reduction of unpleasant smells and odors. They also provide comfort to those triggered by irritants and other allergens. In addition, the risk of bacterial proliferation and viruses is reduced too. Mold and mildew development are also avoided.

How Do UV Lights Work So Effectively?

Great question! The air conditioner has two coils. One of them is on the outside of the equipment, while the other is inside. Due to the air conditioning system’s lack of light and moisture, the interior coil tucked away within it becomes an infestation ground for unwanted microorganisms. When biological contaminants like germs are permitted to build and ferment in the equipment, they’re likely to be circulated throughout the house by the blower fan. That is why it’s so important to attack these air invaders at their source. Therefore, UV bulbs are generally installed inside your air handler or ductwork. So the germs come into touch with UV bulbs, which destroy them, causing bacteria DNA damage and preventing regrowth.

There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing your home and HVAC system are free of germs and the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality. UV lights are an excellent method to maintain good health while also improving the quality of air in your home. If you have any more questions about UV lights and the installation process, Mason Heating & Air is ready and willing to assist you. You can reach us at (513) 496-2477, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!