Homeowners are even more concerned these days about the quality of the air they breathe, and for good reason. But while we are wearing masks and socially distancing in public spaces, are you do everything you can to address the quality of the air inside your own home?
Without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, you could be doing yourself a disservice—in fact in many cases the quality of your indoor air is actually worse than that of outdoors. One indoor air quality product in particular that can help combat this is the UV air purifier, also referred to as UV germicidal lights. Are they worth it for your home?
First, How Do Air Purifiers Work?
This is a great question, that many homeowners ask. When you think of an air purifier, you might think of a tabletop unit that sucks in dust from a room and dispels clean air. This is what a portable air purifier is, and can definitely help improve air quality—in that room. But what we’re talking about for this post is a whole-house air purifier, and there are a few different types, and therefore a few different ways one might work.
The most common types of air purifiers found in homes are the electronic or ionization air purifiers. They provide an electrical charge to unwanted contaminants and draw them either onto metal plates or the surfaces of your home, depending on which one you’re using, where you can clean the surfaces off. But these air purifiers are not effective against all types of pollutants, particularly bacteria and mold. For this, you’ll need the UV germicidal lights.
These are a set of lamps that send out low-frequency ultraviolet radiation. This is the same type of radiation that comes from the sun, but concentrated in one area at a low level to kill the cells of microorganisms that lead to mold growth and bacterial development.
“Wait, Isn’t UV Light Dangerous?”
Another great inquiry! We do understand this concern—after all, UV rays can be harmful to people and that’s why we’re always advised to wear sunscreen and proper attire when playing or working outdoors on sunny days. However, the level of UV radiation present in this system won’t create any health concerns for your home. In fact, you won’t even see the lights, since they’ll be integrated directly into your ductwork (but even if you come in contact, it won’t hurt you).
UV germicidal lights are a great way to boost the health inside your home! Remember, however, that just like any other type of indoor air quality product, to work properly yours should be professionally installed by a highly trained technician. We can make recommendations for other indoor air quality solutions based on your home’s specific needs. You may even find that you’ll benefit from a combination of indoor air quality solutions.