Perhaps now, more than ever before, people are concerned about the safety of the air they are breathing. And it’s not just because of pollution and particulate matter that makes its way into both outdoor and indoor air; with viruses like the coronavirus circulating, people are looking for a way to breathe easier.
In order to improve the quality of air inside of one’s home or business, there are numerous options. For example, changing the air filters in the HVAC system on a regular basis will help to catch dirt and debris. Higher-quality filters can be especially helpful in filtering out pollutants and bacteria. In addition to filters, some people might choose to install an air clearing system or air purification system. And in addition to air cleaners, UV light air cleaning systems are becoming more popular, too. At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, our team can answer all of your questions about UV lights and air cleaners — call us today to learn more.
UV light air cleaners, or UV light air purifiers, use ultraviolet (UV) light to kill airborne pathogens, viruses, and microorganisms such as mold. UV air purifiers can be purchased as stand-alone devices that serve a single room, or they can be purchased as systems that must be installed into an existing HVAC unit. Most of these systems are equipped with HEPA air filters (which trap particles that are smaller than the naked eye can see and are infamous for causing allergies and other health complications). But the most important thing to know about UV light air cleaners is that they claim to not just trap but actually kill airborne pathogens and viruses with UV light. Some companies have advertised that their UV light air purifiers can even kill the coronavirus.
There is no doubt that installing a high-quality UV light air cleaner that includes a HEPA filter will help to trap dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens in the home. However, before you stop wearing a mask and think that you’ll now be safe from coronavirus because you’ve installed such a system within your home, think again. While some UV light air cleaners have proven to be effective at killing some viruses, such as influenza, and while UV light can indeed kill the coronavirus (and other viruses) and is being used by some institutions to help with disinfecting, it’s important to remember that not all UV air cleaning systems are equally as effective, and that nothing is fool-proof or has a 100 percent efficiency rating.
Whether or not installing a UV light air cleaner in your home or business is a good idea is a personal decision and one that should be well-researched. If you’d like to learn more, our UV light and air cleaner professionals are available to answer any questions that you have. We install and repair a variety of unit types and can help you to make the decision that’s right for your home or business. Call us today to learn more.
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