Can UV Lights Kill Germs and Bacteria?
If you’re like most homeowners, you’re concerned with your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). During the cooler months, many people suffer from the effects of poor IAQ. HVAC UV lights are a popular solution to this problem. They can kill off bacteria, germs and other particles before they enter your home.
You may have heard conflicting stories about HVAC UV lights; this post will put any concerns you have to rest. We will provide you with evidence supporting UV lights, show you what’s available, and what their benefits are.
Scientific Studies Supporting HVAC UV Lights
Scientists have studied UV lights for decades. They’ve explored a variety of uses and their effectiveness at sterilizing surfaces and air. Studies indicate that UV lights are capable of killing off bacteria and germs. UV lights have been used by hospitals and other businesses to kill viruses, bacteria and mold for over 100 years.
There are also plenty of studies that support the use of HVAC UV lights as well. This study in particular shows that UV lights can successfully kill a variety of airborne particulates. These studies are 2 among many. When you choose to install a UV light, you can rest-assured that it will improve your IAQ.
Who Benefits from HVAC UV Lights?
Everyone will appreciate the benefits of installing HVAC UV lights; some more than others. If you suffer from seasonal or indoor allergies, a UV light could prove highly beneficial. In addition, if you have a compromised immune system, suffer from COPD or asthma, definitely consider installing HVAC UV lights.
2 Types of HVAC UV Lights
When exploring your options, you’ll come across 2 types: coil cleaning UV lights and air cleaning UV lights. Manufacturers might use several different terms to describe these lights: sterilizing, cleaning, purifying, etc. But, all residential UV lights fall into one of those two categories.
Coil Sanitizing HVAC UV Lights.
Coil cleaning UV lights are always on. They are located near your indoor evaporator coil and work to keep your HVAC coils free of bacteria and mold. This is the most popular type of residential HVAC UV light.
Air Sanitizing HVAC UV Lights
These UV lights, on the other hand, are only active while your AC/heater is on. Air cleaning UV lights focus on killing particulates that are in the air, before they enter your home. These UV lights are installed within your air ducts.
UV Lights – Additional Benefits
Other than improving your home’s IAQ, UV lights come with several additional benefits. They can increase your energy-efficiency and lower your bills, improve airflow and make your home’s air fresher.
Contact Mills Heating and Air Today!
If you’re ready to purchase an HVAC UV light, call your friends at Mills Heating and Air. We can discuss your needs and pair you with the best UV light for you and your family. Call today!