Indoor air quality should be the top priority of every homeowner. Even a small decrease in air quality can result in discomfort and many severe respiratory issues over time due to the amount of time you spend in your home. Ultraviolet (UV) lights are a great tool to combat the micro-organisms that threaten your air quality.
How UV Lights Work
In order to eliminate all those micro-organisms in the air, which include mold, mildew, germs, bacteria and more, you need to shine light from the ultraviolet spectrum on them. This is superior to even highly effective air filters that remove, but do not destroy them.
The second option is to install lights that shine on the indoor coil and condensate pan on your heat pump or your air conditioner. Doing this will destroy any mold and bacteria present and prevent future formation.
Maintain Your UV Lamps
The one drawback of UV lamps is that their effectiveness wanes over time. The maximum time between bulb changes should be two years. If you are trying to maintain high air quality, you should replace the bulbs at least every year.
When you are using these lights to kill mold or prevent buildup, the lights don’t have to work at 100% performance to be effective. In this case it would be appropriate to change them at the end of their two year lifespan.
Installation is a lot more difficult than maintenance, as the best location and position depends on multiple aspects of your HVAC system. It is recommended to get help from an HVAC professional.
If you need help with UV lights in your Grand Traverse County home, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas 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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