Ultraviolet or UV light has been used to kill bacteria and viruses in hospitals and laboratories for years, but it can also be used in your HVAC system to improve your air quality. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of installing UV light in your home’s HVAC system.
Pros of UV Light
The biggest advantage of installing UV light in your HVAC system is that it will improve your home’s air quality. UV radiation kills bacteria, mold spores, and practically anything else that could pollute the air in your house. It can also cut down on odors in your home by eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cooking, cleaning products, and smoking. Since UV radiation kills mold that could grow on your evaporator coils, it can improve the heat transfer and airflow through your ducts, giving you a more efficient HVAC system overall. Finally, UV lights are easy to install and maintain. They are placed in your HVAC system and only need to be replaced every one or two years, depending on the recommendation of the manufacturer.
Cons of UV Light
The biggest con of having UV light installed is the up-front cost. These devices may be easy to install, but the lighting units can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000. Exposure to UV radiation can also cause damage to your eyes and skin, so they should only be installed and maintained by a professional. Finally, while UV lights do kill bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, they aren’t effective against dust particles and other debris that may be flowing through your air ducts. UV light will improve your home’s air quality, but you will still need a reliable HVAC filter to get rid of dust and other debris.
Despite their cost, UV lights are still effective when installed properly and combined with other air purification measures. If you’re interested in having UV light installed or you would like to learn more about improving your home’s air quality, our experts at Valley Mechanical LLC will be happy to answer your questions. We offer air quality services to homeowners in Blue Springs and the surrounding areas, but we also provide heating and cooling repairs, maintenance, and installation. In short, we can assist you with all of your HVAC needs, no matter what they may be.
For more information about our services, contact Valley Mechanical LLC in Blue Springs, MO today.