Indoor Air Quality — Are UV Lights in Air Purifiers Effective?

If you don’t use an in-home air purifier, you could be missing out on a game-changing quality of life enhancement. People who suffer from allergies, pet owners, and those who have chronic respiratory health conditions can all benefit from a high-quality air purification system. Even if your family is completely healthy, you can still benefit from cleaner air in your house.

Air Purifiers and Your Home

Air purifiers reduce odor and debris in the air, including microbial particles and allergens, through the use of high-quality filters. View the most common air purifier filters here.

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Homeowners will have to either change the filter periodically or clean it. Sometimes, however, people with severe lung problems or allergies may have difficulty handling filters that are full of the very particles and allergens that they’re trying to remove in the first place. Luckily, there’s an alternative.

How Do Air Purifiers With UV Lights Work?

UV light disinfects the air in your home and eliminates some forms of moisture, effectively reducing the chances of mold or mildew growth. The ultraviolet air purifiers use a range of electromagnetic frequencies, emitting the ultraviolet C light, which has a shorter wavelength. This is an all-natural form of air purification.

Instead of trapping the particles and allergens for disposal, the UV light air purifiers actually damage the particles enough to dissipate them, thereby cleaning the air in your home.

Are UV Lights in Air Purifiers Worth It?

Although air purifiers with UV lights have a higher up-front price, this is an investment that pays for itself in a short amount of time. Think about it this way: the replacement costs of filters can add up, so in the long run, UV-light air purifiers may actually be more cost-effective. That being said, the overall quality of UV light air purifiers is significantly higher than the traditional ones.

Traditional filtered air purifiers need constant airflow to remove the particles from the air. This means the motor must always be running, which makes these devices less energy efficient. Additionally, UV light air purifiers are filterless, so you won’t have to worry about changing or cleaning the filter on a regular basis.

Another thing to bear in mind is that while UV purifiers can eliminate many harmful microorganisms in your house, they can’t kill everything. For the cleanest air, combine UV technology with the traditional filters that trap larger particles, including dust mites. 

Services from Dilling Heating & Cooling

If you want the best indoor air quality in your Gastonia, NC, home, don’t just invest in an air purifier with UV lighting. You’ll also need to have regular preventative maintenance and inspections of your HVAC system! Our furnace repair and heat pump service specialists are available in Gastonia, NC, and the surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule an appointment.