29 Oct Reduce Your Indoor Allergens with UV Lights
Fall allergies are no joke. Out of all the methods to reduce allergens in your home, the most effective is to remove as many of the allergens as possible.
Of course, if you’ve tried to reduce indoor allergens before, you know that it’s a task that’s easier said than done. When properly maintained, filters in your HVAC system are effective up to a point. However, even the best filter lets a large number of allergens and pollutants through to recycle back into your air.
Does that mean you’re doomed to a home full of indoor contaminants that affect your air quality? Thankfully, the answer is no. There’s a solution that’s been around for a while but many homeowners aren’t aware of: ultraviolet (UV) lights.
How UV Lights Work
Ultraviolet lights have been proven to be very effective against many different airborne contaminants. They are typically installed inside the ductwork of a home and work in two ways to improve indoor air quality:
- Air containing various contaminants moves through your ducts and passes the rays of UV light. The lights alter the DNA and RNA of the contaminants. This weakens the contaminants so that they’re no longer able to grow or reproduce and die off quickly.
- In addition to disinfecting the air from outside pollutants, ultraviolet lights can also help eliminate the natural growth of mold on your HVAC coil and drain pan.
Are UV Lights Safe?
Some homeowners are concerned about the safety of ultraviolet lights. While UV rays from the sun can be damaging, UV air cleaners are installed inside ductwork where they don’t come in contact with your family. UV lights don’t use chemicals or produce ozone, so they’re a safe method for removing indoor allergens.
A Two-Pronged Attack
By themselves, both UV air cleaners and properly maintained filters can help remove allergens from your home. Used together, they’re even more effective for getting the indoor air quality you need.
For more information about UV lights or other HVAC concerns, contact us at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the central Indiana area since 1971.