Maintaining clean air within your Detroit Metro area home is essential for the health of your family. A great way to fight microorganisms floating around in your air is to install a UV light system within your HVAC equipment.
Indoor Air Quality vs. Microorganisms
It can often seem like a real battle when it comes to ridding your home of microorganisms. These organic components include pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores, etc. When inhaled into your lungs, they can cause severe respiratory problems. For those suffering from allergies and asthma, the effects can be devastating.
Placement of UV Lights
UV (ultraviolet) lights eliminate microorganisms in your air by penetrating their molecular structure and breaking the bonds that keep them together, rendering them harmless. Where you place these lights is an important factor. You can install them at the site of your evaporator coil, as well as in your return duct. In either location, microorganisms will be broken down when your HVAC equipment moves air throughout your home. The advantage of the coil placement is that moisture collects in this area, resulting in mold and mildew. With the lights so close, these substances can be treated as they accumulate.
Like everything else, advancements over the years have improved on the technology utilized in a UV light system. Older systems only had one setting, which was basically to keep the UV lights on for 24 hours a day, at full power. While this effectively removed microorganisms from a home’s air, this constant use of energy resulted in higher energy bills. New systems have corrected this by allowing for an alternating degree of power, based on the density of microorganisms in your air. By switching to full power only when the amount of microorganisms necessitates it, homeowners can expect to use much less energy with these new lights.
For more expert advice about UV light, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of the Detroit Metro area and Southeast Michigan since 1945.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Detroit, Michigan 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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