UV Lights Are A Powerful Weapon Against Pollutants In Your Pasadena-Area Home
Indoor quality air is one of your home’s most precious commodities. UV lights can help clean pollutants from your air, but many homeowners don’t know how they work. We’re here to put any guesswork out of it, and explain why these lights can be an important part of improving your Pasadena home’s air quality.
Pollutants are everywhere
At any given time, we are exposed to a number of unhealthful pollutants such as pollen, mold spores, viruses, bacteria, etc. This should come as no surprise. What might shock you, however, is the sheer number of these pollutants that are trapped inside your home. While opening windows will help cycle the bad air out and the good air in, this process isn’t active enough to effectively clean your indoor air in a significant way. Plus, it’s impractical in chilly weather.
These pollutants have no defense against UV lights
Despite ultraviolet radiation being dangerous to humans, you don’t have to worry about having UV lights in your home. The lights are placed at either the induct or evaporator coil of your HVAC system, which means they’re far away from possible human exposure. But while you may be safe, the pollutants are not so lucky.
When you turn your HVAC system on, air is pulled into the ductwork so that it can be delivered to other areas of your home. As the air travels through the ducts, pollutants are dragged along with it. As they pass the installation point, these particles are exposed to the UV lights. These high-intensity lights penetrate each pollutant’s cells, changing its DNA so it cannot reproduce. This cycling of air, which can even be done by simply turning your system to the “fan” option, will effectively remove a large majority of your air’s pollutants.
For more expert advice about UV lights, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the professionals at Air-Tro, Inc. We have been serving Pasadena and the surrounding areas since 1969.
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