UV Air Cleaners 101
UV Air Cleaners 101
September 20, 2019
There are many ways to keep your air pure and clean at home. You might have a full rotation of air fresheners going, or you might invest in the highest-quality air filters for your air conditioner to ensure you keep pollutants out. However, even the finest screens won’t keep everything out! It’s frustrating to invest time and money into keeping your home pure, only to deal with irritating pollutants anyway.
But have no fear – there is still hope! One of the most effective ways you can take care of the air you and your family breathe is by installing a UV air cleaner, or UV air purifier. These devices take care of the things your filter might have missed, and they’ll make a huge difference in the long run. Find out why as the indoor air experts at American Air & Heat explain!
What is a UV Air Cleaner?
Your HVAC system already has a built-in method for eliminating harmful contaminants from the air thanks to the air filters you have installed over the years. These screens, which come in a wide range of materials and density, generally do a good job of keeping your air clean. But they don’t always get everything.
That’s where UV air cleaners come in. These lights are situated in your ducts and affect the air that passes through your filter. The ultraviolet light exists on a wavelength of electromagnetic radiation that disrupts the DNA of the pollutants, removing them from the air.
The air then passes out of the chamber where it was exposed to UV light and into the rest of your home’s ductwork, totally safe and harmless, but free of pathogens.
How Does It Work, Though?
We know that UV air cleaners use a certain type of light to kill contaminants – but what does that mean? Here’s a quick science lesson!
- UV, or ultraviolet light, is one of several types of light. Light particles that vibrate quickly in the air are visible to us, but other types of light vibrate too slowly for our eyes to see – such as infrared and ultraviolet light!
- That said, UV light is broken down even further into three groups: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C light. The first group contains the slowest-vibrating particles of all UV light, and UV-C contains the speediest. UV-C light is what we’re concerned with. It vibrates so quickly that it messes with the biological makeup of molecules. It’s what causes sunburns.
- These air cleaners use UV-C light to disrupt the DNA of harmful contaminants so much that these particles are no longer effective – cleaning the air.
- Of course, it goes without saying that air cleaners are harmless. The UV light is contained in a very small chamber out of sight in your ductwork, so it won’t expose your household at all.
Interested in a UV Air Cleaner? Let us Know!
Pretty neat, right? UV air cleaners are miracle-workers, and they might be just what you need to purify your air. If you’re interested in learning more about them, let the folks at American Air & Heat know! We’ll walk you through every aspect of these handy devices.
Give us a call at 800-421-2665 today!