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UV Light Air Purification FAQs

  • What is UV light?

    • UV light is short ultraviolet light, which is part of the electromagnetic spectrum (along with other sources of light, radio waves, and X-rays. UV light is usually not visible to the human eye, the most common source is from the Sun. Over exposure to UV light is what causes sunburn and sometimes skin cancer.

  • Is all UV light dangerous?

    • No, in fact there are 3 types of UV light based on the wavelength. UV-C is generally harmless to humans however, this form can disrupt the DNA of microorganisms like viruses and bacteria. Hospitals use UV light to kill pathogens and sanitize medical devices and other items.

  • What does a UV Air Purifier do?

    • UV (Ultraviolet) Air Purifiers utilize ultraviolet light to kill mold and mildew, as well as eradicate airborne pathogens, flu, germs, bacteria, viruses and other harmful airborne contaminants. Some models also remove odors form the home caused by garage, hobbies, cooking, etc. UV Air Purifiers are an effective option for people with respiratory problems as they greatly reduce allergy and asthma triggers. In fact, studies have shown that UV lights reduce fungal contamination within air-handling units.

  • How are UV Lights Added to HVAC Systems?

    • There are a few different ways that you can incorporate to the HVAC system. Most common type is a UV lamp that is attached to the evaporating coil. The coil area tends to have a lot of condensation and moisture buildup, so a UV light there will address any mold growth in this area. This helps to keep mold and mildew from contaminating your air.

Another option is placing your UV lights directly into the ductwork. These lights go over the return vent, where air is pulled into your HVAC system, to thoroughly clean the air that flows through the system. Its main purpose it so treat and sanitize the air itself.