How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you know that another kind of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your residence’s air clean?

The sun emits two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These dangerous rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

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

Moyer Total Indoor Comfort uses this light in a few of our systems to improve air filtration in Kutztown and Breinigsville houses.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This specific wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” because it kills the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually perish since they can’t multiply.

This makes UVC light a mighty alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in lots of disinfection uses, such as medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to purify drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to freshen air in residences in Kutztown and Breinigsville. That’s because it can also eliminate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Installing Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We put a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is placed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams safely restricted while delivering strong purification for your home’s air.

Filthy air is cleaned in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of spreading around your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still work to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house option is greater than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that can even operate for an extended period of time. And, some portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for making ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your home, it’s critical to choose one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is fantastic at eradicating odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking ways to freshen your residence’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help. We sell a broad range of options to help your household breathe easier. Contact us at 484-646-3363 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!