Hospitals around the world have been utilizing the power of UV lights for decades to inhibit the spread of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and mold. Advances in technology have made UV lights a good fit for residential use as well, much to the benefit of homeowners — particularly homeowners in warm, humid Southwest Florida, where microorganisms thrive.
As the name implies, UV lights emit ultraviolet rays. Given sufficient intensity, UV rays will destroy the genetic code — DNA or RNA — of tiny organisms. This results in either death or sterilization of the microorganism, resulting in a considerable reduction of its presence in your home.
The sun also emits ultraviolet rays, which is why sunlight is effective at killing bacteria. Overexposure to UV rays from the sun can result in sunburn and eye irritation, but in household appliances UV lights are enclosed and have a small, focused range, posing no threat to people or pets.
UV lights are a powerful tool for managing your indoor air quality but aren’t meant to replace particulate-trapping air filters, though many units include a traditional filter in addition to the UV light. UV lights are designed to complement your air-cleaning efforts by addressing the bioaerosol category of pollutants.
Another benefit of UV light systems is odor reduction. Many bacteria, molds and other organisms create unpleasant, lingering odors that will be eliminated as the source is neutralized.
Residential UV lights are available in room units or whole-home systems. Whole-home systems are more efficient and effective and can be easily incorporated into existing HVAC systems. In cases of severe allergies or asthma, however, room units may still prove beneficial, especially in bedrooms.
Selecting the ideal whole-house unit for your home depends on a number of factors, including the size of your home and what systems are already in place. A knowledgeable technician can explain the options available for your unique home in more detail.
Do you still have questions, or would you like to learn more about UV lights and indoor air quality? Contact Conditioned Air to speak with one of our trained technicians.
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