We’ve always spent a great deal of time indoors during the winter months in Colorado Springs. Now we’re spending more time than ever indoors, even during the other months of the year. This makes it more important than ever to maintain the best indoor air quality in our homes, and special powerful air filters and air purifiers can help you achieve the goal of the cleanest, healthiest air possible for your family.
One of the most useful types of air purifiers is the UV air purifier, also known as a UV germicidal light. If your main concern about indoor air quality in your house is the spread of germs and the presence of mold, then installing a UV germicidal light in Colorado Springs, CO may be the right option for you. Our expert team can help you find out and then handle the installation.
What UV Germicidal Lights Do
A UV air purifier uses the power of ultraviolet radiation to destroy or render inert organic particles. UV light is harmful to living tissue, which is something you’ve directly experienced if you’ve ever had a sunburn. The sunburn is the result of the UV light in the sun killing skin cells.
But UV rays don’t always have to be in a concentration that can cause you physical harm. The UV lights used in amusement park rides and at musical concerts that make parts of your clothes glow are harmless to you.
But low-power ultraviolet radiation can still affect microorganisms and kill bacteria, viruses, microbes, and mold spores. The UV lights in UV air purifiers are harmless for people and pets, but can eliminate unwanted organic particles from circulating through the HVAC system.
A UV germicidal light is installed into the HVAC system so that the ultraviolet light shines onto the evaporator coil of the air conditioner. All the air moving through the heater or AC must pass this area. The UV radiation disrupts the cellular function of organic particles. This either kills the cells outright or it renders them unable to reproduce, making them harmless. The UV light also prevents mold growth from starting along the evaporator coil, which is the prime area where it can begin in an HVAC system.
Is a UV Air Purifier Right for You?
UV germicidal lights are one air purification method, and although they work powerfully against organic pollutants, they’re less effective against contaminants like dust, smoke, chemicals, and volatile organic compounds. You may need to have two types of air purification systems installed, and there are also air purifiers that combine multiple methods for the most powerful air cleansing. Air purifiers work best when paired with a mechanical air filter to trap larger particles such as lint and dander, as well as smaller particles that clump together because of the action of an ionizing air purifier.
Don’t worry if this sounds a bit overwhelming: all you need to find out which indoor air quality solutions will work best for you is to call our team.
Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning serves Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Call us to learn more about your options for better indoor air quality.