The Pacific coast of southern California is known for its beautiful temperate weather. While great for surfing, this warmth and humidity isn’t always good for your home’s air quality. UV Lights can help to improve your air quality weather you are affected by organic particles or damp. Here’s an overview of how these lights work to clean your air.
Why Indoor Air Quality is Important
Indoor air quality is important for more than just comfort. Poor air quality often creates an unpleasant smell – and no one wants their home or business to stink. More importantly, air quality is important for your health. Serious conditions such as Legionnaires disease, asthma, pneumonitis, and fevers can be caused by air contaminants. Proper system maintenance and filtration is necessary to kill contaminants and clean your air.
Basics of UV Light
UV lights, or Ultraviolet lights, work by breaking down organic bonds that hold microbes together. An easy way to think of this is like a bug zapper for viruses. The properties of this light help to destroy indoor contaminants such as mold, germs, and other micro-organisms. The effectiveness is proven, as UV light has been used in sterilization since the 1930’s in hospital rooms. The effectiveness of a UV system depends on three main factors:
- Level of UV irradiation – the higher the level, the more effective the light is.
- Design and installation of your system – call a professional. It’s not a good DIY investment.
- Homeowner knowledge – the better educated you are on your system, the more efficient it will run.
Evaporator coils are often the breeding ground for mold and other contaminants. Biocide Chambers use UV lights within these coils to irradiate this organic matter – killing the organisms that contaminate your air. The benefits of a Biocide Chamber include purifying air from the whole house, eliminating contamination of drip pans, and unclogging your evaporator. An efficient evaporator is the key to energy savings, in turn saving you money.
For more about UV lights and how they can work most efficiently for your Southern California climate, check with a local expert.
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