Clearing the Air: 3 Benefits of a Germicidal UV Filter

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Posting Date: June 29, 2016
Posted by: Shawn Workman, Branch Manager, Sarasota and Fort Myers

Ever notice a funky smell when you turn on your air conditioner or furnace for the first time in a heating season?

That smell is probably the buildup or particles and microorganisms in your ductwork and HVAC systems – and it’s a warning sign that you have poor air quality in your home.

But there’s good news: installing a germicidal UV light such as the Blue-Tube UV in your ductwork can significantly improve your indoor air quality – and even have other benefits to your home and family.

What is a germicidal UV light?

Ultraviolet light (UV) is a part of the spectrum of light that we can’t see; exposure to it through sunlight can lead to skin-cancer and blindness in humans if doses are high enough.

But when harnessed into a light bulb, UV light can actually help humans by killing off mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and pollen spores in your home (technically, it changes DNA and RNA sequences in microorganisms, which inhibits reproduction and eventually causes the microorganisms to die off). In high enough quantities, these pollutants can cause respiratory ailments and even lead to more significant health problems like asthma and cognitive issues.

UV lights and Your HVAC system

A UV light is installed either near the supply or return vents of your ductwork or over the air conditioning coil. It acts in addition to an air filter, which is ineffective at catching many of the smallest microorganisms that circulate in your home’s air.

3 Key benefits of a germicidal UV light

UV lights are a smart edition to a home’s HVAC system because the provide:

  1. Healthier air – In modern, well-insulated homes, UV lights can reduce indoor-air pollution levels significantly, ensuring a healthy environment for you and your family without using toxic chemicals to do the job.
  2. Continuous operation – UV germicidal lights operate even if the HVAC system is offline, ensuring that your home remains toxin-free 24/7.
  3. Improved efficiency and longer life for your HVAC system – Germicidal UV lights can even extend the life of your home’s heating and cooling systems because the HVAC system’s components work less hard if the air is cleaner.

Breathe easier this summer and beyond with a Blue-Tube UV expertly installed by Broward – contact us today for a FREE estimate.