What Is a UV Air Scrubber?
We know that the sun's
ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to us when we are exposed to them for long periods
of time. UV radiation can cause painful sunburns for those with fairer
complexions, and are a known cause of skin cancer for everybody. So it
might sound contradictory to say that these same UV rays can actually
keep you and your family safer by improving your indoor air quality.
How? With devices known as Ultra Violet Germicidal Irradiation lights (or
UVGI lights, for short). These lamps emit a strong, but filtered array
of UV light into either the return duct or main output duct of your heating
and air conditioning system, blasting all of the air that passes by with
a concentrated dose of this energy. This radiation is incredibly strong,
and causes irreparable harm to these microscopic biological organisms
that are found in the air they breathe. For some of these microbes, the
blast destroys them almost immediately. For larger particles, the blast
may not kill them, but the damage it does is so strong that these microbes
are rendered inert to the point where they can no longer reproduce. That
means putting one of these simple devices into your HVAC system will actually
kill airborne germs, bacteria and mold.
There is also no harmful direct UV exposure to you or your family, either.
Because these lamps are installed inside your air ducts, where you will
rarely if ever access, you will never actually be exposed to the radiation.
Likewise, even if you somehow
did manage to be exposed to one of these lamps, the filtered radiation these
lamps emit does not actually cause sunburns or skin cancer. They’re
perfectly harmless for use in almost every home.
Benefits of an Air Scrubber
UV air scrubbers are rapidly becoming a popular choice for homeowners looking
to protect their homes and loved ones from accidental spread of disease
and other issues through contaminated air. Floating viruses and bacteria
cause illness, but they won’t do that when cycled through your HVAC
system with a UV air scrubber. In fact, some models have undergone rigorous
laboratory testing and have been shown to eliminate some of the deadliest
airborne diseases we know of.
UV air scrubbers are also an extremely low-maintenance method of protection,
as they generally only require you to change the bulb once every year
or so. With a simple bulb swap, you’ll maintain premium-quality
air sterilization and greater peace of mind.
Save yourself a trip to the doctor this year and consider an upgrade to
your air filtration system instead.
Contact the Austin heating & air techs at AC Express to learn more today.