New advances in home air filtration technology are arriving all the time, but none is more significant than ultraviolet (UV) lights. Many homeowners rely on their traditional air filtration systems, but in most cases, these systems are not able to filter out micro-organisms effectively. UV lights, on the other hand, can target the health-threatening bacteria, viruses, and mold spores in the air and eliminate them, which will significantly improve your indoor air quality.

Why UV Lights?

UV lights are the most effective way to manage airborne organisms. In a UV germicidal system, one or more bulbs emit a frequency of ultraviolet light that’s lethal to microorganisms.

Lamps are typically installed in one of two different places: 1) in your ductwork so the UV lights shine on the airstream that’s moving through your system, eliminating various bioaerosols; and 2) shine directly on the indoor coils and condensate pan of a heat pump or A/C system, where mold and bacteria tend to inhabit.

Maintenance and Repair of UV Lamps

There are two reasons you might want to install UV lamps in your home. One goal, achieved by installation in the ducts, is to improve your indoor air quality. In this case, you should try to replace the bulbs annually because the bulbs are in constant use scrubbing air flowing through your ductwork.

The second goal is to make sure your heat pump or A/C performs at a consistently high level, with nothing impeding the heat-exchange process on the indoor coils. In this case, you can replace the bulbs at the end of their two-year life span, though don’t allow any more time to pass before switching out the bulbs.

While UV lamps are easy to maintain, it’s important to install the right amount of light in the correct location. Consult with a local HVAC professional to get the right solution for your home.

If you still have questions or need assistance with installing a UV light system in your northern New Jersey home, please contact us at Pipe Works Services.

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