Now that winter is upon us, we’ll all be spending more time indoors to try to stay warm, safe, and comfortable. Unfortunately, that also means that we’ll be spending more time with recirculating air, which can include a variety of particles, contaminants, and viruses. Especially with COVID cases on the rise, now is a great time to clean the air in your home.
Below, we’ll be discussing how UV lights in your HVAC system can clear the air in your home and keep you and your family safer this winter.
How HVAC UV Lights Can Help
UV light can kill most airborne germs and those that fall onto surfaces. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that radiation from UV lights can kill airborne COVID-19 germs. When you install a UV light in your HVAC system, it can treat the air passing through your ducts and leave your indoor air quality higher.
While UV radiation has been proven to kill germs and bacteria in general, the specific level of effectiveness of UV lights for killing COVID is still unknown, and research is still being conducted. UV-C light in particular can kill the COVID-19 virus, but scientists are still discovering precisely how effective it is as an air treatment option.
How They Work In Your HVAC System
UV lights can be installed in your ductwork, where the radiation is kept safely away from you and your family but is present to treat the air passing through the ducts.
Your system’s air returns will pull air from your living space in, pass it through a physical filter to remove larger contaminants like cooking grease, pollen, and dust. The air then passes through a chamber where it is treated with UV light. The light radiation isn’t enough to cause harm to anyone in your house, but it can denature viruses and harmful bacteria — including COVID-19 — rendering them harmless to you and your family.
Get a UV Treatment Light Installed Today
Adding a UV light to your HVAC system is one of the best ways to double up on your air scrubbing and improve your indoor air quality. When combined with the physical filtration your system already utilizes, it delivers some of the cleanest indoor air possible.