Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

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

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

There’s another variety of UV light, known as UVC. While direct exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to disinfect air, water and various surfaces.

Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces uses this light in some of our products to enhance air filtration in Alliance houses.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This distinct wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually die since they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a strong alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in lots of disinfection applications, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to clean drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming more popular to disinfect air in houses in Alliance. That’s since it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional advantage for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is installed inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling units. This also keeps its rays safely confined while delivering strong disinfection for your residence’s air.

Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light before circulating across your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t working, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house solution is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that may even work longer. And, the majority of portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for making ozone.

When thinking over getting a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s critical to get one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at eradicating odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory issues.

If you’re seeking approaches to freshen your house’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can help. We offer a broad range of solutions to help your household breathe better. Contact us at 308-646-3827 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!