A frequent query we receive is, “Do UV bulbs work?” It’s simple. The answer is simply, “Yes!” The mechanism behind UV lights is really easy and interesting. So, if you’ve been seeking a method to improve the air quality in your house, there’s a good chance that using UV lights is the solution for you. However, keep in mind that before jumping in, you should understand how everything works and what to anticipate. Your Hilliard-Dublin Heating specialists are well-versed and prepared in this area, so join us as we discuss all the information you need about UV lights and their influence on your house’s IAQ (indoor air quality).
How Do UV Lights Raise Indoor Air Quality?
The air within a home may be up to five times more polluted than the outside environment, according to research. Fresh air and sunshine help to clean outdoor pollution. As a result, it makes sense that UV radiation would be the most effective way of eliminating airborne particles and contaminants in your house. So, how well do they work? The success rate for UV lights is 99.9 percent. They can almost entirely eliminate new infiltrators. UV lights are recognized for their effectiveness in reducing:
- Mildew & mold
- Pet odors
- Airborne chemicals
- Irritants to those who suffer from allergies
- Tobacco smoke
- Kitchen smells
What Is the Installation Process For UV Lights?
We now know that UV lights work in tandem with your HVAC system. But you’re probably thinking, “Where do they get placed and how are they maintained?” Those are all fantastic questions! UV lights are generally positioned inside your ductwork. This is where they come into contact with the infiltrators before circulating in the airflow throughout your home. Therefore, the bright UV bulbs, which are more potent than regular light bulbs, will not affect you or your family as they will remain in an enclosed space. Furthermore, because bulbs only need to be changed every 2-3 years, maintenance is easy! The good news is that our NATE-certified technician can complete this for you at your seasonal maintenance checks. So you won’t have to worry about checking and changing these bulbs anymore!
Why Are UV Lights So Successful?
If we’ve gotten your attention so far. Don’t stop reading. So what is the secret to the UV light’s high success rate, then? As previously stated, the UV bulbs are installed within your air ducts. So airborne pollutants are strung along in the airflow stream and put into a direct line of sight with these bulbs before the air is circulated throughout your house. The UV rays then zap the pollutants at their core, destroying the germs’ DNA and making it ineffective and unable to recover or reproduce. This is what almost kills the bacteria entirely. So you could think of the UV light as an air-purifying assassin.
On a serious note, your general health is a top priority! Homes with poor indoor air quality can produce short-term and long-term health effects. Although you may not notice any adverse effects presently when negative IAQ remains consistent and unaddressed, it will negatively affect your health in the long term. If you have more questions about indoor air quality or UV lights, we’d be more than happy to assist you! Call Hilliard-Dublin Heating today at (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!