Carolina Climate Control Blog: Posts Tagged ‘UV light air purifier’

Protecting Your Home With UV Lights (And Which One Is Best for Your Home)?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

You know how important it is to protect your home from prowlers with locks, alarms, and security cameras. It’s equally as vital to guard your home against invisible intruders, specifically viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and the byproducts of smoke.



Don’t let dirty air ruin your indoor comfort any longer. Take a minute and read our guide to the benefits of ultraviolet light. We’ll share a few of our favorite UV light systems.




What’s the Big Deal About Viruses and Bacteria?



Both bacteria and viruses may contribute to unpleasant encounters with viral and bacterial infections or allergic rhinitis and asthma. You can find both inside your home on surfaces and in the air.



Bacteria and viruses also like to lurk inside heating and cooling systems. They collect in the ductwork and vents. Running your furnace or air conditioner can release them into the indoor air.



It’s not only viruses and bacteria that impact indoor air quality.




Other Contaminants In the Air You Breathe



According to the EPA, cigarette smoke is a source of high levels of indoor air pollution. It can lead to “sick building syndrome.” You might experience headaches and dizziness when you’re in rooms with smoky air for extended periods.



Mold is another common source of indoor air pollution. The presence of mold inside your home can lead to allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and infections. 



UV lights can help control and perhaps even eliminate contaminants in your home, improving indoor quality.




Ultraviolet Light: A Powerful Solution



During the current global health crisis, many people developed an interest in ultraviolet light to kill germs on porous surfaces, such as envelopes and grocery items. Ultraviolet light can also kill germs inside your heating and cooling system.



Ultraviolet lights for your HVAC system are also called “germicidal UV.” When properly installed by a qualified HVAC technician, UV lights can protect your home from dangerous contaminants that contribute to poor air quality.



Warm indoor air temperatures and humidity make a welcoming environment for viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. UV lights placed inside your HVAC system reduce the populations of these contaminants.



Every ultraviolet light system is different. Some will better protect your family than others. You’ll want to consider which type of UV lamp you select to ensure you maximize the level of protection.



Find out what type of ultraviolet lamp would work best for you by reading the next section.




Ultraviolet Lights for HVAC Systems



At this time, there are two types of UV designed for HVAC Systems. One handles focuses on coil sterilization, the other sterilizes moving air.



Coil sterilization uses a stick-type light installed inside a return air duct. This type of UV light targets dirty coils—the culprit responsible for dirty sock syndrome. Coil UV lights are the most commonly used ultraviolet lights.



Your HVAC technician may determine air sterilization is the best option. In that case, they will install the ultraviolet light unit in the return air duct. This type of light cycles with the air handler blower.



Before installing home UV lights, you’ll need to have an indoor air quality evaluation. The evaluation identifies any existing problems with your air ducts and other components of your HVAC system.




Best UV Lights to Protect Your Home



Once you research the benefits of UV lights, you’re ready to determine the best UV lights for your specific HVAC system and your budget. Also, since you want to kill bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, you’ll want a light that emits the maximum UV radiation.



Need More Information?



Cleaner ducts and healthier air protect your home and keep your family healthy and safe. Ultraviolet lights help by killing off mold spores, bacteria found in dirty ducts, viruses carried through air systems.



Contact the team at Carolina Climate Control today for more information on the benefits of UV lights. We’re happy to answer questions and help you select the best UV light options for your home. We can also put together an estimate for any other HVAC services you may need.


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What Is An Ultraviolet Air Purifier? (And Do They Work?)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many area homeowners and business owners are looking at more advanced ways of keeping their homes and businesses safe from airborne pathogens.

One of those advanced methods of air purification many are now researching are ultraviolet light (UV) air purification.

UV light air purifying technology has been around for some time now, but with the recent uptick in questions involving this technology below is a quick rundown of how it works, the pros and cons of using UV light air purification and a highly recommended model for Lowcountry residents.


How UV Air Purifiers Work

As the name suggests, ultraviolet air purifiers use ultraviolet light to damage the DNA of airborne pathogens like bacteria, viruses and mold — causing them to self-destruct, making them harmless.

This is a similar process that occurs when you get a sunburn at the beach. UV light from the sun damages the DNA in your skin cells, which causes redness and swelling.

When installed in your heating, ventilating and cooling system’s ductwork, air is forced through the UV air purifier before being pushed into your home or business, thus purifying nearly every cubic inch of air that passes through your system and helping reduce those airborne pathogens.


Pros & Cons Of UV Air Purifiers

The biggest advantage of installing a UV air purifier has to be the ability to reduce and/or help eliminate different airborne contaminants, simply by installing one in your home’s HVAC system. While your home’s built-in air filtration can help eliminate things like dust and other larger particles, working together with an ultraviolet purifier adds that extra layer of protection that many homeowners are now seeking.

One cause for concern with UV air purifiers is that they can produce ozone, which is harmful for humans when exposed to high levels.

Many UV air purifier manufacturers have accounted for this ozone production by improving technology using various methods to reduce — and as you’ll see below — nearly eliminate any ozone production.


What Is The Best UV Air Purifier?

A few weeks ago we reviewed some general air purifying basics, and included brief description of the HALO-LED Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier, which still stands as one of the most requested air purifiers we currently install.

The biggest reason for this being the HALO-LED’s highly effective air purifying, UV technology — that is both mercury-free (many other UV light purifiers use mercury lamps to produce UV light) and is zero ozone compliant. This means that you can get some of the highest level of air purifying technology without any of the usual byproducts produced by many other air purifiers.

We sincerely hope that you stay safe and healthy for as long as this pandemic lasts, but if you have any questions about air purification for your home or business in Charleston, feel free to contact us today.

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