Adequate ventilation is essential for air quality control. There are many ways to reduce indoor pollutants. These may include cleaning the home, investing in a portable air purifier, etc. However, most homeowners don’t know they can also improve indoor air quality with ultraviolet light.
Fall is a time to be wary of indoor allergens. The air is full of airborne particles known as bioaerosols. Home interiors are also vulnerable to fungi, mold, and mildew.
Okay, so how does UV light factor into this? Indoor air receives much less exposure to sunlight. The indoors also happen to have up to five times more pollutants, according to EPA estimates.
UV light in a certain wavelength, known as UV-C, will kill bacteria by altering its DNA. UV-C light is not a recent discovery. In fact, many facilities use the light for various purposes, such as purifying water, disinfecting laboratories, etc.
In conjunction with upgraded ventilation installations, more homes and businesses are installing UV germicidal lights in their air conditioning system. The device emits UV-C light that kills microbes and sterilizes mold before they have a chance to enter the home.
Another device is a biocide chamber, which an HVAC technician installs next to the AC coils. The device operates in a similar manner, using UV-C light to kill microbes around the AC coil.
Both UV germicidal lights and biocide chambers are a supplement and NOT a replacement for a healthy functioning air duct system. They are good additions if you are prone to allergies.
Good indoor air quality is a health investment. Contact All Points Heating today to improve the living quality of your home or store. Improving air quality with ultraviolet light is an additional way to promote clean and breathable air.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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