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How Does a UV Lamp Work?

UV light has been used for over a century as a method of sterilization and inactivating bacteria, including tuberculosis. Today, UV lamps crafted for HVAC systems can provide cleaner coils and cleaner air in your Springfield, Virginia home.

Anti-Bacterial UV Light

Many people do not think of UV light in terms of sanitizing benefits for their homes, but it is a very effective treatment. UV lamps work well on the indoor coil (evaporator coil) to prevent the growth and development of bacteria. Condensation on the evaporator coil provides the right environment for mold spores to thrive. Left unchecked, these spores can spread through the system and into your indoor air. The intense UV light of systems such as the Performance™ Ultraviolet Germicidal UV Light effectively kills bacteria and mold so airflow and air quality are not affected.

UV Lamp Installation

Many manufacturers are actually designing systems to include UV lights. For those models that don’t come with a UV light, and for which the light has to be installed, it is best to contact your HVAC technician. Your technician will know just where to place the light for optimum effect, and will be aware of, and able to observe any safety precautions.

The UV lamp light will be installed inside the HVAC unit so that it shines on the coils, sterilizing the entire area. UV lamps are great because they do not add any noise to the HVAC system, and can work on other indoor air quality threats such as smoke and odors.

Indoor Air Quality

Hospitals and food establishments alike have used UV light for sterilization, so if you are concerned about indoor air quality (IAQ), a UV lamp is a great way to keep your air clean of microbes that your HVAC filters can’t catch. Your HVAC technician will help you to select the right kind of UV system for your needs.

Contact Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 703-783-0145 to learn more about UV lamp options for your HVAC system or if you would like to have a UV lamp installed. It can make a real difference in the health of your household.

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