How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you know that a different type of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your residence’s air clean?

The sun lets off two types of dangerous UV rays, UVA and UVB. These dangerous rays can result in sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.

There’s another type of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to purify air, water and certain surfaces.

Central Heating & Plumbing uses this light in several of our solutions to boost air filtration in New Castle homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This specific wavelength is classified as “germicidal” since it wipes out the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens pass through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a mighty replacement to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in many disinfection applications, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to purify drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in residences in New Castle. That’s due to the fact it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We place a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is placed inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its light carefully contained while providing great disinfection for your home’s air.

Dirty air is cleaned in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of spreading throughout your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house product is superior to a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that can even last longer. And, some portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for making ozone.

When thinking about buying a germicidal lamp for your home, it’s critical to buy one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re looking for methods to freshen your house’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Central Heating & Plumbing can help. We sell a large range of solutions to help your household breathe more easily. Contact us at 724-401-1843 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!