Ever notice that when you turn on your furnace for the first time at the beginning of a new season there is a funky smell that fills the house? What you smell is the buildup or particles and microorganisms in your duct work and HVAC systems. You may not think much of it, but that smell is just a warning that you have poor air quality in your home. But, there is a solution to this problem, and it is a UV light. Installing a UV light in your duct work will radically improve your indoor air quality and make your HVAC units run more efficiently.
How Do UV lights work and what are the benefits?
UV-C is a part of the sun’s spectrum of light that we cannot see. When we are outside and exposed to this type of ray, it has harsh consequences like skin-cancer and blindness if the exposure is great enough. Yet if it is installed properly in your duct work, it will not harm you in any way because UV light is not able to pass through metal, plastic, or glass. When UV-C is harnessed into a UV light bulb, it actually has many benefits.
UV light changes the DNA and RNA sequences in microorganisms. This change inhibits reproduction, and the microorganisms eventually die off. It is this fact that allows a UV light to kill mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and pollen spores that may be circulating in your home. Your HVAC systems are a breeding ground for these types of organisms because the air in your home is circulated through the ducts at least 45 times a day and as much as 150 times daily depending on how often you run the fan in the furnace.
UV lights are also know for effectively ridding the home of odors associated with smoke, paint, wood stain, food, and pets. It can also rid your basement of any musty or damp smells.
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning offers you Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights. These units clean the air in your home effectively without exposing you to the rays of UV light or ozone emissions.
UV lights and Your HVAC systems
A UV light will either be installed at the supply or return vents of the duct work or over the air conditioning coil. It is at these two points that it will work most effectively and benefit your heating and air conditioning units the most. All of the air in your home will eventually be circulated through the furnace. Every furnace should have an air filter, but these filters are often ineffective at catching many of the microorganisms that are present in the air. If you had a UV light, any of the particles that are not caught by the air filter will be taken care of by the UV light.
But what about the debris that is already caked onto the inside of the duct work? You need to have a duct cleaning! The best time to have a UV light installed in your home is after your ducts have been professionally cleaned. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning offers a whole house duct cleaning and UV light installation performed by a NATE or NADCA certified technician. With Four Seasons you can rest assured that your duct work will be spotless, and your UV light will be installed properly. The combination of these two will greatly improve the air quality and the air flow in your home. Dirty duct work restricts air flow and the furnace and air conditioner have to work harder to achieve the temperature that is set on the thermostat. However, a duct cleaning and UV light will work together to boost the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment which in turn saves you money on your energy bills.