The Benefits of a UV Air Treatment System

UV Air Treatment System BenefitsHow clean is the air blowing around the inside of your house?  Often times the answer is not good.  The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the air quality inside your home can be up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.  There are several reasons for this potentially toxic situation.  In the quest to make houses more energy efficient they have been sealed against drafts in favor of more controlled air exchange, and many filter systems are inadequate to deal with what is recycling itself through your home.

Micro-organisms such as bacteria and mold are some of the invisible enemies of healthy breathing.  Those who suffer from allergies may still find that even within their own homes they are not completely symptom free.  One way to cut down on bacteria and mold that contribute to the problem is with the installation of an Ultraviolet Treatment System.

Ultraviolet (UV) Air Treatment Systems are comprised of a UV light similar in appearance to a florescent light bulb in a specially insulated casing to focus the light where bacteria and mold form within your heating and cooling system such as the cooling coils.  This does not interfere with the performance of your cooling unit, but rather aids in the efficiency by reducing clogging and corrosion from the build up that develops if untreated.

These systems work because the UV light passes through the cellular membrane of micro-organisms causing cellular damage which destroys germs, viruses, bacteria, and fungi.  This reduces the number of airborne allergens that plague many people.  Studies of UV air purification have shown the reduction of respiratory symptoms and mucous problems in individuals examined during these studies.

Many commercial buildings such as office buildings and hospitals have begun installing these systems to work in conjunction with HEPA (high efficiency particulate arrestor) filters.  By doing so, there have been reports of reduced work sickness and work-related breathing problems.  Many companies offer UV treatment systems for home use, and with the benefits to you they are worth considering.

UV Air Treatment System Benefits:

  • They eliminate up to 99.9% of mold spores and kill up to 87% of certain airborne bacteria passing through the air system.
  • They help maintain system efficiency and airflow, which saves money by not having to have your system coils cleaned as often.
  • Some have SmartLamp™ technology, which optimizes efficiency of lamp run time.  These lamps usually need replacing about once a year.
  • With SnapLamp™ replacement bulbs the replacement process is quick and easy.
  • The sealed unit design and multiple interlocks prevent accidental contact with UV rays making these systems safe.

Improving air quality within the home should be a concern for anyone from the very young to the elderly as well as allergy sufferers.  UV Air Treatment Systems used in conjunction with HEPA filters can greatly reduce the allergens present in your home.


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