Can I Use UV Lights in My HVAC System? Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, also known as HVAC, is one of the most popular methods of heating and cooling buildings and average-American homes across the United States. For many years, HVAC has brought comfort to many during the warm summer and cold winter months; however, there is an increasing concern regarding air quality. Bacteria, viral infections, and the like tend to creep through the HVAC systems and permeate through buildings.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “[i]n densely occupied buildings, airborne microbial contaminants can result in numerous adverse effects on human health and well-being, including inflammation and infections.” Due to this, it’s important to consider the options in front of you so you can act against these harmful bacteria. One of these options is the use of Ultraviolet Light in an HVAC system.
You might not think of UV light as an effective combatant against airborne viruses, but it does have its uses. Hospitals, for instance, often use UV light to sterilize their equipment or even a full room when performing a variety of surgeries and operations. Ultraviolet light is also used by some doctors to help treat Vitamin D deficiency and a variety of skin disorders. Even forensics often uses UV light to uncover fingerprints and other important items during their searches. Obviously too much UV light, as you’re probably aware, is dangerous; however, if used properly, it can do much good for mass amounts of people.
If you’re interested in utilizing ultraviolet light in your HVAC system(s), there are some important facts to consider before moving forward. First, the hiring of a professional HVAC technician – particularly one who is experienced in installing UV-C – cannot be overstated. Too much exposure to UV light will harm both your skin and your eyes. Because of this, it is important to realize installing it yourself may not be the safest option. Second, installing UV-C into your HVAC will bring its own set of expenses to consider, namely electrical consumption and lightbulb replacement. Third, consider whether or not your home truly needs UV lights installed to better protect your HVAC and air quality. For example, cleaning air vents and changing air filters regularly, sealing air vents around your home, and properly ventilating the home will do wonders to reduce harmful bacterial and viral infections from infiltrating the home.
In the end, UV light is a tested and trusted method of adding significant air quality benefits to homes and businesses nationwide. Do your own research to determine if this is the right method for you and consult a professional technician to ensure proper installation.
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