With cold and flu season here, you may be wondering how you can manage staying well this winter. If you’ve never considered UV lights for your home because of eye safety, reconsider. New systems place the ultraviolet lights in your heating and air conditioning ductwork, where the light is completely hidden from view.
UV (ultraviolet) rays disturb organic matter and when viruses, bacteria and mold or mildew spores come into contact with the light, they are altered and rendered impotent. HVAC ducts are the perfect place for the lights, not only because eyes are protected, but the air that your ducts deliver through the home carries fewer harmful bacteria. Large institutions like hospitals, schools, office buildings and medical centers use UV lights to better manage the spread of infectious diseases.
Besides knocking down the viruses and bacteria that your system transports, the UV lights also render mold or mildew spores inactive. Warmer temperatures in the summer promote the growth of mold, especially in more humid locations like North Carolina. Mold can form on the air conditioning coils in the summer and when the blower sends the spores throughout the home, the mold can take root in any damp location.
It’s likely that in the winter you keep your home tightly sealed to save on energy bills and increase comfort. As the air recirculates in your home, the harmful organic substances that can make you sick concentrate, creating unhealthy air. In fact, the EPA states that indoor air is the fifth biggest environmental hazard that people face. Considering how much time people spend in their homes, installing UV lights for better air quality can help improve a family’s overall health.
If you’d like more information about cleaner indoor air and these lUV light systems for your home, please contact Smoky Mountain Heating & Air. We’d be happy to show you how you can use your HVAC system to clean your home’s air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about UV lights and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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