How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But were you aware that another kind of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

The sun emits two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.

There’s another type of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to clean air, water and certain surfaces.

Woody's Sudden Service Inc uses this light in several of our systems to better air filtration in Manassas residences.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This distinct wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it wipes out the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually perish because they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a strong alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in many disinfection applications, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to clean drinking water and other liquids created in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in homes in Manassas. That’s because it can also wipe out frequent indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We place a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is set inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling units. This also keeps its light safely confined while providing great purification for your house’s air.

Filthy air is freshened in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of spreading across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still work to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that may even operate longer. And, some portable air purifiers are notorious for producing ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your residence, it’s important to get one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is fantastic at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re trying to find ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Woody's Sudden Service Inc can help. We have a wide range of solutions to help your loved ones breathe easier. Contact us at 703-278-2036 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!