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How UV Air Purifiers Work

how uv air purifiers work

Battling poor indoor air quality to no avail? Action Air has the solution just for you: UV air purifiers! Perhaps you’ve heard of them before, but weren’t sure what UV light had to do with cleaning air. Today, we’re going to go over exactly how UV air purifiers work and why you might benefit from using one.

Most homeowners associate air purification with HEPA air filters (are HEPA filters used with UV?), and we completely understand why. They tend to dominate the air purification sector; however, there are additional types of technology used to clean air. When you know all your options, it’s easier to make the best decision for you and your family. Every household is unique and so are their air quality problems.

What Is UV Light?

You’re no stranger to UV light; in fact, it’s the talk of the town during the summer season. UV light, also known as ultra-violet light, is a form of electromagnetic radiation and cannot be seen by the human eye. There are several classifications of UV radiation, including UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. UV air purifiers utilize classification “C” to block harmful pollutants. Interesting fact: UV-C light actually poses the greatest danger to cells and living organisms; however, when created artificially and used correctly, it is our greatest friend.

Not sure what the difference between UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C are? We can help! Here’s a brief explanation of each type:

UV-A: This is the most common type of radiation, accounting for nearly 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches Earth’s surface. UV-A radiation affects all of us due to its prominent role in skin aging and wrinkling.

UV-B: This type of radiation causes sunburns, and we’re all familiar with their painful side effects. Depending on the severity of a burn, a person could be in extreme discomfort for several days, maybe even more.

UV-C: Like we said, this is the most dangerous form of radiation, but before you worry, you should know our atmosphere blocks 100% of UV-C radiation emitted from the sun.

How, then, does UV-C light purify air?

It’s not by magic. Rather, it’s by UV-C light’s ability to disarm harmful particles as they pass through the purifier, by either killing or paralyzing them. An air purifier with UV technology will first pull air into its system and then direct it to a subsequent chamber where it’s exposed to UV light. At this point, you might be wondering whether you and your family will also be exposed to the UV-C light. Because the UV light is contained within the appliance, there’s no need to be concerned about exposure.

Benefits of UV air purifiers:

Now that you know how UV air purifiers work, here are three reasons why you should opt to have them in your Indiana home:

  • Remove unpleasant odors – If you want to eradicate the musty smell from your home, a UV air purifier might be just what you need.
  • Decrease chances of illness – UV air purifiers can bring back peace of mind and health because of their ability to target harmful bacteria and viruses.
  • Reduce possibility of mold growth and infestation – Mold is known to cause a host of problems, from poor indoor air quality to upper respiratory problems, not to mention dry rot when the situation is particularly bad. UV air purifiers work to protect you and your home by eliminating mold spores in the air.

Which type of air purifier is best for my home?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t cut and dry. It all depends on the impurities plaguing your home. If you’re not sure what’s harming your indoor air quality, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us to have your air tested. We can pinpoint the underlying problem using state-of-the-art equipment and come up with a complete purification package to meet your needs and budget.

You can count on Action Air to meet all your heating, cooling and indoor air quality needs. No matter how big or small your project is, rest assured we are the most trusted company for the job. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 317-451-4371.