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How Are UV Lights Helpful for Indoor Air Quality?

The air inside your house is filled with many small particles—and quite a few of them are probably not good for you. Fortunately, there are air purifiers and filters that can remove harmful pollutants from circulating through your HVAC system and subsequently from the air in your living spaces. If you hire an experienced professional to handle the installation, you should end up with the purification and/or filtration system that will target the specific contaminants that are problems for your home.

One of the options for home air purification is UV lights. What good will these do? We’ll explain below

UV lights and indoor air quality

UV lights are exactly what they sound like: lamps that emit high-frequency ultraviolet wavelengths. The UV radiation from these lights isn’t harmful for humans, but if installed correctly into an HVAC system it will have a devastating effect on one of the worst problems for indoor air: organic pollutants. For homes that have issues with mold spores, viruses like COVID-19, and harmful microbacteria, UV lights are an excellent solution to the problem.

There are a number of factors that can be addressed in order to determine coronavirus prevention efficiency, these include but not limited to:

  • The application of the system, such as the surface or air disinfection
  • The air velocity and temperature affiliated with recirculation rates
  • The dwell time utilized in the given brand of your system
  • The specific biological target – UV systems are installed in the HVAC unit and/or ductwork and are
    designed to disinfect the air as it circulates through the ventilation system.

The ultraviolet radiation from these lights disrupts cellular activity in biological pollutants. It strips away the nuclei of the cells and prevents them from reproducing. This effectively renders the pollutants inert and harmless. The UV lights can therefore clean out dangerous bacteria and mold spores from the air without placing any chemicals into the HVAC system that can also cause harm.

UV lights have been used for many years in hospitals and other care facilities to prevent the spread of illness through the ventilation system. Now that they are available for home, they offer an excellent way to make the air healthier for everyone inside. Make sure that you first consult with indoor air quality specialists to see if UV germicidal lights are right for your home. Afterwards, leave the installation work to them.

If you are interested in the installation of UV lights for your home in Arlington, VA, call OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. today.

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