The Benefits of UV Lights in Your HVAC System
You rely on your HVAC system to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but what if the very same systems you use for comfort are making you sick? Surprisingly, the air pollution in your home can be even worse than outdoor pollutants. Luckily, there’s an inexpensive and effective way to battle indoor pollutants, bacteria, viruses, mold, and germs. At the same time, you can eliminate odors, increase the unit’s efficiency, and lower your maintenance costs. Meet the HVAC ultraviolet disinfection system, otherwise known as HVAC UV lights. Read on to discover the benefits of installing them.
Where are UV Lights Installed?
The preferred UV light used in disinfection is UVC, which is also called the “germicidal light.” These lights are commonly used to sterilize medical equipment, wastewater, and food preparation surfaces without using harmful chemicals, so they’re the natural choice for sterilizing air.
These lights are usually installed in one of two places within the HVAC system:
- At the drain or cooling pan: These lights will be focused inside the coil/drain pan so they battle mold and bacterial growth on the wet surfaces. Unchecked, these contaminants are spread by the air entering the HVAC system.
- In the ductwork: UV lights are positioned to treat air as it passes through the ducts, eliminating contaminants before they make their way into your home.
Benefits of UV Lights in the HVAC System
So what is it that makes UV lights so popular? Professionally installed lights in an HVAC system provide many benefits, from reduced respiratory illnesses to fresh smelling air and increased savings on your energy bills.
Improved Efficiency and Airflow
Installing HVAC UV units will help keep your system cleaner by removing buildup in pipes, ductwork, and cooling coils. Not only will this save you money on energy bills, but it also means less maintenance over the life of the system.
Reduces Condensate Drain Clogging
These lights will reduce the moisture in your condensate drain line. Because your air conditioning unit produces moisture from within the system, condensate drain lines may clog over time. These lights will reduce the moisture in your condensate drain line and help keep it from clogging.
Reduces Allergies and Respiratory Illnesses
One of the biggest benefits of UV lights is their ability to eliminate allergens, bacteria, germs, mold, and other microorganisms. This is especially beneficial for anyone in the home suffering from seasonal allergies, asthma, COPD, and other respiratory illnesses.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created from chemicals we use, both knowingly and unknowingly, every day throughout our homes. Just a few examples of VOCs include carcinogens such as formaldehyde, methyl chloride, and benzene. They come from products like foam stuffing in cushions, air fresheners and cleaning products, paints and adhesives, cooking, smoking, and even some cosmetics.
VOCs directly affect the air quality in your home, meaning they can adversely affect your health, too. UV lights will help remove them.
Some odors, like those caused by cooking, are minor nuisances. Others, like tobacco products, can impact your health. These lights will help reduce or eliminate these odors and freshen the air inside your home.
Holtzople Installs High-Quality Blue Tube UV Lights for all HVAC Units
Holtzople installs UV lights in HVAC systems for both commercial and residential buildings. Breathe fresher air, extend the life of your heating and air conditioning systems, fight allergens, and save on energy bills with our Blue Tube UV lighting systems. Contact us to learn more.