At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘UV Germicidal Lights’

UV Lights Help Make Healthier Homes

Monday, May 8th, 2017

UV-air-purifierSpring is typically the time when biological contaminants start to become a nuisance. Germs, bacteria and pollen flourish, increasing allergic reactions and adding to the risk of you or a family member contracting an illness. Heaters and air conditioners contain filters, but they need to be regularly replaced, and don’t always do as thorough a job as they should. If you’re looking to cut down on germs and other unwanted creepy-crawlies in your air, we have an outstanding solution for you: UV air purifiers placed in your HVAC system.

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Why You Need UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_20144812Winter season always sees a huge influx of colds and flu bugs, especially in high altitudes like ours. Illnesses go hand in hand with the winter, though not because of the cold temperatures like a lot of people think. Nevertheless, the causes of winter sicknesses can’t be easily vanquished. You can. however, ensure that there is proper protection for your home and family in the form of a UV air purifier installed at the base of your ducts. Here’s a brief look at how it all works.

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Get UV Germicidal Lights this Winter

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Winter is usually a difficult time when it comes to  colds and flu bugs in your home. The low humidity levels here in Draper, UT can dry out your sinuses, which is our body’s natural defense against germs. That’s one of the reasons why winter sees a lot of illness, and because we often button up our homes to retain heat, cold bugs can easily circulate from family member to family member. 

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Destroy Germs with a UV Air Purifier

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes, and the best one for your Draper, UT home depends on the specific needs of your family. Health always trumps comfort, however, and above all an air filter has to reduce the instances of illness and germs in your home. For that, a UV air purifier makes a perfect addition: simple, straightforward, and amazingly effective. Here’s how it works.

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Worried About Germs This Holiday? Consider a UV Air Purifier

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but Christmas is on the way, and Salt Lake City, UT homeowners will be welcoming friends and family into their homes in the next few weeks. We all love it when those close to us come home for a friendly holiday visit, but out-of-town guests may bring something less-than-welcome with them: germs and viruses. Nothing can spread colds and illnesses like a gaggle of out-of-town germs, which is why we tend to see a lot more illnesses during the holiday season. But you don’t just have to resign yourself to it and stock up on the cold pills. Instead, consider a UV air purifier in your home to handle germs this holiday season.

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How Do UV Lights Work?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

When it comes to indoor air quality, you have a wide variety of options available to you. Some products raise or lower the humidity levels in your home, while others serve to filter out the dust and other contaminants. But here in Salt Lake City, we often recommend UV germicidal lights as a key part of any indoor air quality system. They do the most important work of all: eliminating germs and bacteria to keep your family healthy. With a UV light system installed, you can help reduce instances of illness in your household. This is of particular benefit to the elderly, to newborn babies, and to people suffering from asthma or similar conditions, but in truth, everyone could benefits from fewer creepy crawlies circulating through your air. How do UV lights work? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below.

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What Kind of Air Cleaner is Right for Me?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you live in Salt Lake City, UT, you know how important it is to have a good air conditioner in the summer and a solid heater in the winter. But they’re not the only things you need to focus on to keep your home comfortable. Indoor air quality products can be used to raise humidity, clear dust from the air and perform other tasks that make your home a more pleasant place to be. They can also be a boon to your air conditioner and heater, helping them do their jobs more readily and efficiently. But what kinds of air cleaner are right for your home? We’ve broken down the benefits of a few of the more popular models.

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3 Problems Corrected by UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Homeowners in Salt Lake City, UT often focus on air conditioning needs during the heat of summer. A good air conditioner is vital to your comfort when the temperatures climb, but temperature isn’t the only component you should focus on. Indoor air quality plays a huge role in determining how healthy and happy you feel at home, and a UV germicidal light system is a great way to keep your air fresh and clean. The UV light is invisible to the naked eye and harmless to people and most animals, but it eliminates germs and other bacteria that pass through it. Since your air conditioner circulates the air in your home, it makes an effective way of treating a great deal of your indoor air within a comparatively small and manageable system.

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Why Consider Adding UV Germicidal Lights to My Air Conditioning?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

While no one likes to think about indoor air pollution, it is something to be aware of, particularly when you have a whole-home air conditioner. Indoor air pollution can consist of particles drawn in from the outside, such as dirt, dust and allergens, but they can also develop inside. There are components in your air conditioner that can be moist, which can make them more prone to developing biological contaminants. But there is a way to prevent these kinds of growths from developing inside your air conditioning system: UV germicidal lighting.

What Is UV Germicidal Lighting?

UV germicidal lights are air purifiers that destroy and eradicate biological contaminants.

How Does UV Germicidal Lighting Work?

UV germicidal lighting uses radiation from UV-C light rays to destroy the DNA of biological cells. The radiation also destroys the life-sustaining proteins of the cell, so it can’t survive or replicate.

Where Are UV Germicidal Lights Installed?

UV lights are pretty flexible and can be placed in a variety of locations, but two optimal locations are over the evaporator coils and in ductwork. This is because these areas tend to be more prone to biological growth than other parts of your air conditioning system.

Do UV Lights Filter Anything?

UV lights do not filter anything so it’s best to install UV lighting in combination with another air cleaner.

Why Should I Consider Adding UV Lights to My AC?

UV germicidal lights can offer the following benefits:

  • Can maximize your system’s efficiency
  • Provide healthier air to breathe
  • Keep your evaporator coils free of biological contaminants
  • Can extend life of your equipment
  • Destroy and eliminate odors
  • Destroy VOCs (volatile organic compounds)

Do UV Lights Need to Be Changed?

UV lights have an average lifespan of 12 months, so it’s advisable to have them changed annually.

UV germicidal lights are air purifiers that can destroy biological contaminants. If you are interested in possible adding UV lights to your air conditioning system, call the experts who can help with your air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City: At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air.

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Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Among the various pollutants that can enter your home’s ventilation system—dust, dirt, dander, pollen, sawdust, hair—the one that causes the most worries is microbacteria. Nobody wants mold or mildew growing inside their home, and if these contaminants take root in your ductwork, they can have a detrimental impact on your indoor air quality.

There are a number of different methods for mold remediation. Many involve cleaners and sanitizers to kill the microbacteria. However, one method that numerous indoor air quality specialists favor is the use of UV germicidal lights. At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air often installs these devices to help our clients remove mold and mildew from their ductwork, and we believe strongly in UV germicidal light as a solution for microbacteria growth in ventilation systems. We’ll explain why. Call our indoor air quality experts today to ask about how we can improve your air and provide other heating services in Salt Lake City, UT.

What UV germicidal lights can do for you

Laboratories have used ultraviolet light for many years to sterilize equipment. The wavelengths of these lights cause damage to the cellular structure of microbacteria, destroying them and preventing them from returning. Now this technology has entered the home, mounted along ductwork to perform the same job eliminating bacteria.

The main advantage of UV germicidal lights is that the leave no residue in the ducts and do not harm them. Unlike sanitizers, which can affect your air after they are used, UV lights leave no trace behind of their work and pose no health risk to anyone in your house.

UV lights also provide comprehensive mold remediation; a whole-house system installed will keep mold completely out of your ducts because the lights will catch microorganisms as they move along the ductwork. Since the light destroys them at the cellular level, the microbacteria will have no chance to reproduce.

These lights are small and easy to maintain. Professionals can quickly match them up to your HVAC system and install them so they work for many years. You will still need occasional checks to make sure that none of the lights has shut down.

Find out if UV lights are right for your home

Spotting mold growing around the registers of your vents is usually a warning that you need mold remediation. Indoor air quality experts can determine if the job calls for installing UV germicidal lights, and provide you with the installation that will start you on the way to mold-free ducts.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air takes pride in our indoor air quality and heating services in Salt Lake City, UT. If you suspect you need mold remediation, call us today.

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