What are UV Lights and How Do They Benefit Your Home?

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Ultraviolet (UV) lights are quickly becoming the standard best practice when it comes to a home’s HVAC system. Nowhere is this more crucial than in hot and humid Florida. The combination of high humidity and extreme heat provide the perfect environment for bacteria, mold, and other irritants to grow and flourish.

UV Light Benefits

Even though UV lights have been used in air conditioning units since the 1990s as a method of improving air quality, many homeowners simply aren’t aware of the technology and its many benefits.

  • Improve air quality: In terms of improving your indoor air quality, UV lights work behind the scenes to continuously prevent the buildup of microbial substances. These hard-working lights significantly reduce the contaminants that build up over time on your unit’s cooling coils, ductwork, air filters, and drain pans. Because of Florida’s climate, these organic materials multiple rapidly and without warning. UV lights destroy these substances before they ever enter your home, improving your health and the air you breathe.
  • Improve airflow: Your air conditioning system relies on unrestricted airflow in order to do its job properly. Keeping the airflow moving around your HVAC system’s components helps it work more efficiently, saving you money and prolonging its lifespan. Without the UV lights in place to destroy these microscopic particles, they can build up and make proper airflow difficult.
  • Remove allergens: Mold and bacteria aren’t the only things that can cause allergies. Dust is also a common culprit as is pollen. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are in the air and can be a particular concern indoors where they can’t naturally be dissipated. Having a UV light installed significantly reduces the VOCs that are in your home, improving the air for everyone inside.
  • Keeps condensate drain line unclogged: Your A/C unit produces moisture which can then clog up the condensate drain line if it isn’t maintained regularly. Using a UV light helps reduce the amount of moisture around your HVAC system which can keep the drain line clear longer.

A/C Designs recommends installing UV lights as a virtually maintenance-free option for homeowners who want to improve their indoor air quality and the efficiency of their air conditioning unit. Contact us today to learn more about UV lights and how they can make your home’s air quality healthier!

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