The Ultimate Guide to UV Light
We all enjoy the first deep breath of relief after returning home from a long day, but is the air you’re breathing really that safe? If you’re not implementing an indoor air quality treatment in your home, you may be shocked to discover that many pollutants are sneaking their way inside.
One of the most effective ways to purify indoor air is with UV light. Ultraviolet (UV) light has been used for years to disinfect surfaces, water, and even air. Now more than ever, homeowners are interested in learning more about UV light treatment and its endless benefits.
What is UV Light?
UV light is a source of electromagnetic radiation typically recognized for creating summer tans (or sunburns) and “blacklight” or glow-in-the-dark items. The radiation from UV lights is distributed in different wavelengths, and when used for sanitization purposes, small yet powerful waves can destroy the DNA of airborne bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens.
UV light’s original purpose was for the sanitization and treatment of water. It wasn’t until 1801 that UV light was utilized for Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) as a sanitizer for both air and surfaces. Over time, this led to the development of UV lamps for commercial and residential usage.
What Does it Do?
Over the years, UV light has been proven to be effective in a variety of uses, including:
- Sterilization of hospital equipment
- Indoor air purification
- Prevention of mold and mildew growth
- Sanitization in restaurants and grocery stores
UV light can target harmful microorganisms and stop them right in their tracks. In fact, according to a study from Duke Medical Center, UV lights were proven to kill 97% of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, also known as “superbugs.”
While UV lamps are commonly used in public spaces, homeowners also have the option to install their very own UV lamp to work alongside their HVAC system, bringing the endless advantages of UV light to their personal space.
Who Do They Help?
Fresh and clean air is beneficial for all, but UV lights can be especially helpful to those that are prone to illnesses or are immunocompromised. With fewer viruses and bacteria floating through the home, the chances of contracting an illness from another affected family member are reduced.
Comfort starts with clean air, and every homeowner deserves the purest air flowing through their space. If you’re looking to improve comfortability and air quality with a UV lamp addition, contact Maintenance Unlimited Heating & Cooling today to get started.
What are the benefits?
If you think the benefits of UV light stop at air purification, think again. UV lights can positively impact your HVAC system, energy efficiency, and your family’s health.
When you invest in UV lighting, you’re also helping out your current HVAC system. When UV lights are implemented, contaminants in the home are reduced and buildup over time is prevented. Less buildup means less stress on your HVAC system, allowing it to run at full efficiency and improve overall airflow.
Maximized Energy Efficiency
While UV lighting itself won’t improve your energy efficiency, its positive impact on your HVAC system can. UV lamps can help your HVAC system return to ideal operating efficiency, reducing overall energy consumption in the home and heating and cooling costs.
HVAC systems are designed to circulate air throughout the building, but this can occasionally be a downside when viruses or bacteria have snuck in. Installing UV lamps as a means of killing germs can help prevent the spread of illnesses in your home, keeping your family safe from unwanted airborne visitors.
Shine Some Light
You don’t have to settle for poor air quality. Our trusted technicians are highly trained and knowledgeable in UV lamp installation and can help find the best option for your family and budget. Maintenance Unlimited Heating & Cooling is the leading Atlanta team providing top-of-the-line air quality solutions. Call us today at (404) 777-2638 for timely and professional service.