If we have all learned anything over the past year as homeowners, it’s that we might need a little help with our indoor air quality. With the spread of a global pandemic and lives being literally halted by an airborne virus, we’ve learned a lot about sanitation and what that means when we’re at home. Now, before we go any further, there are no indoor air quality products or services that will guarantee to completely eradicate COVID-19. But there are products and services you can invest in that will certainly lower the risk of virus transmission, as well as the transmission of bacteria, allergens, and other pollutants that can make their way into your home.
One such system is the UV air purifier, or more commonly known as germicidal lights. Read on as we uncover the benefits of these systems and whole-house air purifiers in general. Keep in mind that while a standard air purifier pulls contaminants from the air, germicidal lights attack viruses and bacteria at the source–from inside your ductwork. Air purifiers of any kind are an investment, but an investment that will not only pay you back in healthier indoor air, but better AC performance.
Why Whole-House Air Purifiers are Needed
Whatever contaminants and pollutants are circulating through your indoor air, you’re very likely breathing them in just based on the amount of time you spend indoors (the EPA estimates that the average Amercian spends 93% of their time indoors!) A whole-house air purification system is an investment that shields against these contaminants while you spend your time indoors. Therefore, it’s important to know what you’re getting into when you buy one.
An Air Purifier Can Help Eliminate Odors
Did you know that many of the odors in our homes are created by mold and bacteria growth? Fortunately, these can be systematically eliminated by your air purifier, particularly if you have a UV air purifier/germicidal lights in place.
Air Purifiers Eliminate Contaminants
We’re all hyper-aware of the potentially harmful contaminants that are out there these days. Bacteria, mold, viruses, and other harmful contaminants are everywhere, including in our homes. And they are microscopic so we can’t even see them. This is why it’s so vital to have a whole-home air purifier, such as an ionization air purifier, in the home in addition to a UV air purifier in the ductwork.
Air Purifiers Are Safe!
Many people hear “UV air purifier” and think because it uses ultraviolet radiation, it’s harmful to people and pets. This isn’t the case at all! UV lights destroy single cell organisms. This includes mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses. Ionization air purifiers are safe as well. They “charge” unwanted particles that are floating through your air, drawing them in where they can later be cleaned off. You may find that you benefit from one or both of these systems, depending on the qualities of your home.