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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About UV Air Sanitizers

How UV Air Sanitizers Help Your Home

With everything going on in the world, more and more homeowners are looking for additional ways they can keep the air at home as clean as possible. One of the main ways they are achieving this is with a UV Air Sanitizer. But what exactly is a UV Air Sanitizer?

How does it work and can homeowners install one themselves? In this article, HVAC experts give answers to all these questions and help you find the ideal indoor air quality solution to keep your family safe.

What Is a UV Air Sanitizer?

A UV Air Sanitizer is either a portable or whole-home system that uses UV-C light to purify the air. A normal system can commonly kill up to 99.99% of most microorganisms, lowering airborne diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, molds, dust, and other particulate matter in the air.

what isSystems come with a few common components that work together:

  • A Forced-Air Component
  • An Internal Chamber With a UV Light
  • One or Two Filters

Each component is equally important to purify the air. There are some systems out there that create ozone as a result of purifying the air.

There are many health benefits of using a UV Air Sanitizer in the home, especially for homes with people suffering from allergies and asthma. It can seriously improve the health of everyone in the house.

How Does It Work?

Essentially, a UV Air Sanitizer works simply by emitting UV-C light. Once that light touches a microorganism (like mold or bacteria) it gets to work. In almost every case, the UV light starts by destroying nucleic acids. With the nucleic acids destroyed, the DNA also fails. Very quickly, the microorganism becomes incapacitated or even starts to self destruct.

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The more time that the UV light in an air sanitizer spends touching a microorganism, the more it degrades. But how does that light get emitted from a UV Air Sanitizer? Most systems use a forced-air component in combination with a filter component. In most cases, a HEPA filter is used due to its extra filtration.

The sanitizer sucks air into it, which is then directed to a small chamber. Inside this chamber is the UV light. It then passes out of the system (sometimes passing through a second air filter) before re-entering the room, with 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, molds, dust, and germs inactive.

The UV Air Sanitizer Installation Process

InstallationDepending on the type of UV Air Sanitizer being installed, the answer varies. Whole-home UV Air Sanitizers are attached to the home’s existing HVAC unit. They are generally installed in the ductwork.

Portable UV Air Sanitizer units can be installed in the home anywhere they are needed. If purchased to help out with asthma and allergies, they should be placed closer to the people who need them.

In most cases, portable systems are not big enough to purify the air in the entire home, so multiple systems may need to be purchased and installed for full coverage.

However, both types of installation can be incredibly difficult and should always be done by a trained, HVAC professional with UV Air Sanitizer installation experience. Since it can play such an important role in the health and happiness of everyone in the home, it’s well worth it.

A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions

Located in Austin, Texas, A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions has been locally owned and operated since 1977. The licensed technicians focus on HVAC tune-ups and repairs, as well as home repairs and remodeling. A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, along with being highly rated in Angie’s List and Google.