How a UV Light Improves Your IAQ

How a UV Light Improves Your IAQ

15 Nov 2016

If you have any family members with allergy or asthma problems, you’ll have to pay more attention to maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ), than the rest of us. Since even a small amount of mold spores, bacteria, or pollen can make someone sick, you have to take the extra step to make your air breathable. UV lights are a great way to boost your IAQ.

UV Lights Tackle Particulates

It is difficult to destroy some particulates, especially because of their size. So filters might not do a good job in removing the most bothersome contaminants in your home. A UV light’s power lies in its sterilization capabilities. The UV rays destroy particulates like mold spores. UV lights are also powerful enough to destroy germs and some viruses.

UV Lights Sterilize Air and Coils

You can have a UV light installed in two places in an HVAC system: the coils and the return duct. Aiming a UV light at the coils will sterilize the coils, which are a common place for mold and mildew to build up. Placing a UV light in each location is a good way to sterilize the air that passes through the system before it reenters your home.

UV Lights Aren’t the Whole Solution

When your indoor air quality is poor, installing a UV light isn’t the first measure you should take. Taking a whole-home approach is the most effective solution.

  • Seal your ducts
  • Insulate your windows and doors
  • Change your air filter
  • Get thorough and regular HVAC maintenance

If particulates and mold spores are still a concern, especially when someone in your family is hypersensitive to fungi and other pollutants, a UV light is a good solution. If these growths or accumulations are not addressed, they will only worsen. Everyone in your household will be affected — not just those with sensitivities or respiratory problems.

Call Bodine-Scott today at 888-481-8511 if you have any questions about UV lights. We’ll recommend the best solutions for your home to keep your entire family safe and comfortable.

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