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Should You Install a UV Air Purifier?

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It would be really easy for us to answer this question with a simple, “yes” and leave it at that. But we know you deserve a better explanation! There are a number of factors that can negatively impact your indoor air quality, and there are also a variety of systems that can help improve it.

Indoor air quality is a big concern just about any time of the year—in fact, at any given moment your indoor air quality can be worse than the air quality outside, without the right products in place. And a UV air purifier is one of these products.

What Does an Air Purifier Do?

You likely already understand when you hear the term “air purifier,” that its purpose is to clean the air circulating through the HVAC system of your home. Rather than using a fiber mesh to trap pollutants, like an air filter does, an air purifier draws particles from the air.

The most common types of air purifiers are electronic and ionization purifiers, which charge unwanted contaminants and draw them down into the system, where they can be cleaned off. These types are literally decontaminating the air you breathe in real-time. However, they’re not effective against all contaminants that can enter your airstream, like mold or mild. For this, you need a UV air purifier.

“UV lights” is another name for a UV air purifier, and it’s comprised of a set of lamps that send out low-frequency ultraviolet radiation, hence the name. This is the same type of radiation that comes from the sun, but it’s not harmful to people or pets.

“Wait, How Can UV Rays Be Safe?”

We understand the confusion. After all, UV radiation certainly can be harmful—this is why it’s recommended we always wear sunscreen and sunglasses outdoors, right? But the level of UV radiation present in UV germicidal lights will not create any health concerns for your household. In fact, you won’t even see the lights, since they’ll be installed and integrated directly into your ductwork.

UV lights are powerful enough to kill microbes and other tiny organic pollutants moving through the air ducts. This means that any microorganisms that are lurking in your ductwork and could otherwise enter your airflow will be effectively eliminated.

Just like any other indoor air quality product, your UV lights will only work as efficiently and effectively as they’re meant to if they are professionally installed by a trained and experienced professional. Our techs will be able to make recommendations based on your home’s individual needs when it comes to your UV lights and any other indoor air quality solutions that might benefit you.

You may find that a combination of indoor air quality products could serve you well. One thing is for sure—you can trust our team of indoor air quality pros to set up your home with the right products to keep your family not only comfortable, but healthy too!

If you’ve decided it’s time to install an air purifier, reach out to Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning for professional service!

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