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UV Air Sanitizing | Do You Need it for Your Home?

October 20, 2022

Having better indoor air quality in your North Bay Area home is usually at the front of many homeowner’s minds. If you and your family can breathe better air, why not try and do so? One way to improve your home’s air quality is with UV air sanitizing. If you are like most people you may not know what that is, have any idea how it works, and/or if you need it for your home. We are going to take a deep dive into this form of air purification to help you answer some of your questions.

What is UV Air Sanitizing?

A UV air purifier uses ultraviolet light waves to target or “inactivate” airborne germs. According to Molekule, UV air purifiers are designed to use short-wave ultraviolet light (UV-C light) to inactivate airborne pathogens and microorganisms like mold, bacteria and viruses. They have the same ultimate goal of all air purifiers: to reduce indoor air pollutants. UV air sanitizers typically mimic natural sunlight and prevent viruses, bacteria, and other airborne pathogens from reproducing; leaving your air cleaner.

As air passes through an ultraviolet light air purifier, short-wave ultraviolet light waves inactivate pollutants. This makes them unable to function or reproduce. You cannot feel or see ultraviolet light; however, it has a lot of energy.

Professionally installed UV lights in your HVAC system are among the most effective ways to keep your household breathing clean and healthy air. UV air purification can get rid of harmful pathogens, viruses, and bacteria that often affect more vulnerable individuals, such as those with chronic respiratory issues.

What are the Benefits of UV Air Sanitizing?

The average American spends approximately 90% of their time indoors, making the air that we breathe inside, more important than most people even realize. Nothing is more important than the air that we breathe, so if your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is less than stellar, you and your family could be breathing in allergens and other pollutants. Poor IAQ can not only aggravate allergies, it can lead to your family getting sick more often and make it just flat-out harder to breathe.

Unlike other air filtration systems, UV lights are designed to target mold, bacteria, and viruses, allowing you to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Less risk of getting sick from the flu or the cold
  • More efficient odor control
  • Improved airflow throughout your home
  • Increased comfort and productivity
  • Prolonging the lifespan of your HVAC system

 

Is UV Air Sanitizing Right for Your Home?

When it comes to your indoor comfort, UV lights aren’t one-size-fits-all solutions. As a result, the decision to install UV lights in your HVAC system will depend on your individual needs and situation.

Many homeowners whose primary concern is the removal of allergens (such as pet dander, tobacco smoke, and dust mites) will benefit from an air cleaner or high-quality furnace or AC filter. UV air sanitizers, on the other hand, are often recommended in situations where household members are suffering from long-term respiratory conditions.

Where the UV air sanitizer is installed will greatly impact your results. When having UV air sanitizing installed, to improve effectiveness, it’s important to determine the most appropriate location to place the UV lights. The lights are typically installed in the air handler (the indoor unit of your air conditioner or heat pump) or inside the duct system.

Marin, Sonoma, and Napa County UV Air Sanitizer Installation

If you are looking for UV air sanitizer installation in the North Bay Area, Bragg Cooling, Heating & Plumbing can help. Every household deserves to enjoy clean indoor air. Let our team help you improve your air quality with the right solution. We will take the time to address your concerns and go over your options.

If UV air sanitizers are the right fit for your home, our experts will provide you with an upfront estimate and make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision for your household. Contact us today.

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