Originally published in April 2016, updated March 2020

Over the years, HVAC systems have become more efficient at saving you money on your utility bill. But as they provide efficient air conditioning, has air cleaning efficiency improved as well? Air filters and air purifiers work hard to keep your air clean, but if you want to reach the optimum level of air quality, UV lamps are worth considering. Here’s how UV lamps installed as part of your HVAC system in your Semmes, Alabama home, will allow you to breathe comfortably and healthfully again.

What is a UV Lamp?

An ultraviolet lamp consists of a bulb that emits ultraviolet light from within your HVAC system. While filters and air purifiers work to decrease airborne hazards from running through the duct system, a UV lamp attacks the biologic growth and harmful bacteria that can grow inside your unit, particularly on and around the air handler coils and on or inside any insulation around the system. The ultraviolet light kills this biologic growth and bacteria before it can become airborne and enter your home.

The UV technology that could be installed in your HVAC system is the same technology used to sterilize hospital rooms and restaurants. It is also used to sterilize water in some cases. It is harmless to you, but it can rid your home of dangerous hazards.

Benefits of Installing a UV Lamp

Not only will a UV Lamp drastically improve the air quality in your home by attacking biologic growth and bacteria at its source, but it also will increase the efficiency of your system. It is able to do this by freeing up the airflow that can be hindered as pollutants spread or accumulate. It will, therefore, keep your air clean and help to lower your utility bill. In addition, UV lamps are easy to install, and a single UV bulb will last about a year. It is therefore a good idea to have your HVAC technician change the bulb during the annual HVAC maintenance visit.

Benefits of Installing an Air Purification System

Carrier’s state-of-the-art air purifier systems trap and kill bacteria, viruses, spores, pollutants and allergens so your family is breathing clean air. Carrier’s Infinity air purifier is an award-winning air purifier that is attached to your existing HVAC system. This air purifier uses a trademarked Captures and Kills technology and will trap up to 99% of pathogens, allergens, pollen, and viruses. Once trapped the air purifier uses an electrical charge to kill or inactivate them. As your HVAC system circulates air through your home – up to 8 times per hour – animal dander, pollen, viruses, bacteria, and more are trapped and made inactive.

If you have more questions about UV lamps or air purification systems and how they can keep your air clean, or if you’d like to schedule a UV lamp or air purification system installed, give Air Specialty a call today.

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