What A UV HVAC Light Does To Improve The Air In Your Home

Indoor air quality can be a serious concern for many families in the Houma-Thibodaux area, especially if there are any allergy or asthma sufferers in the home. Springtime means pollen is about to blanket the Bayou, irritating and exacerbating allergy and asthma symptoms and deepening your air quality concerns.

Which means you may be looking for a way to upgrade your home’s air quality improvement plan. An air purifier is a great option to supplement the work done by your air filters, but there can be a lot of confusion about the best air purifier to use. Doug’s here to help clear the air with an in-depth look at one of the most popular types of air purifier: the UV HVAC light.

How Does A UV Air Purifier Work?

A UV air purifier isn’t a filter that captures particles in the air; it’s a UV light that is installed in your HVAC system. The light is installed at the origin point of your duct system, cleaning and purifying the conditioned air from your HVAC units as it enters your home.

Most people think of UV light in terms of sunlight and tanning beds and their associated effects on your skin, but there are actually three types of UV light:

  • UVA – characterized by long ultraviolet wavelengths, UVA penetrates deep into your skin and is the type of UV most associated with aging and skin cancer.
  • UVB – characterized by medium ultraviolet wavelengths, UVB penetrates only the surface layers of your skin and is responsible for the bronzing effect of a tan (and the redness of sunburns when you don’t use enough sunscreen.)
  • UVC – characterized by short ultraviolet wavelengths, UVC has no effect on the human body but is an effective antimicrobial agent.

UV HVAC lights use UVC to kill organisms in your air. It does this by destroying the organisms at a cellular level, literally obliterating the cells and leaving a harmless husk behind. When used correctly, a UV air purifier will clean your air of all germs, mold, mildew, and in even some bacteria and viruses.

Why An HVAC UV Light Is Perfect For Your Home

Because UV air purifiers are so effective at killing living organisms in your air, especially mold and mildew, they’re a perfect option for our humid climate. Humidity creates a breeding ground for mold, mildew and other moisture-loving organisms, which will then irritate your airway, eyes and skin.

If you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies, mold and mildew make your symptoms worse. And if someone in your family has a chronic illness, like an autoimmune disorder, the organisms that thrive in humid air can pose a serious threat to their continued health. Having Doug’s install a UV air purifier in your home can significantly improve your family’s health.

Call Doug’s With Your Indoor Air Quality Concerns

Here in Thibodaux and Houma, humidity can cause a lot of air quality concerns, and homeowners are right to want to improve the air in their homes. If you are ready to do more than just change your air filters every few months, give Doug’s a call at (985) 222-2913 to see how we can help you.

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