Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

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

The sun lets off two types of dangerous UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other kinds of premature aging.

There’s another variety of UV light, known as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to clean air, water and some surfaces.

Forster Heating uses this light in several of our solutions to boost air filtration in Auburn homes.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

This precise wavelength is classified as “germicidal” since it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a potent alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in many disinfection uses, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to purify drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to disinfect air in homes in Auburn. That’s because it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Using Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is placed within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its light securely confined while providing great cleaning for your home’s air.

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

This whole-house solution is greater than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that can even work for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.

When thinking about adding a germicidal lamp to your home, it’s important to choose one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is fantastic at wiping out odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory problems.

If you’re trying to find methods to freshen your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Forster Heating can help. We have a broad range of options to help your family breathe better. Contact us at 530-885-8081 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!