True comfort is about more than temperature. It’s also about your home or business’s indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions. Because buildings are tightly sealed for extra energy efficiency, your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoors. Having cleaner, healthier air is beneficial for everyone, especially people with respiratory problems like asthma. One way to increase HVAC indoor air quality is through an ultraviolet germicidal lamp.

UV lights are a great investment for your HVAC system. These lights sanitize your indoor air and reduce airborne particles. They are effective against mold, bacteria and some viruses under certain airflow conditions. Installing one in your HVAC system can help make indoor air cleaner and healthier.

Germicidal UV lights are just one of the ways Ditter Heating, Cooling and Electrical can help you with your indoor air quality. We also offer a variety of other equipment and services. These are designed to keep indoor air as clean as possible. For example, we offer indoor air quality testing to help you determine if you could benefit from IAQ equipment or services.

We’ve been serving our community since 1956. We’re sure we can help you too. To learn about how you can increase your indoor air quality or to get a free estimate, give us a call at 763-200-5055 today.

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What UV Lights Are and How They Work

We typically install ultraviolet germicidal lamps inside your ductwork. These lights are also known as purifying lights, sanitizing lights or sterilization lights. These air purification systems use intense UV rays to deactivate airborne particles.

Exposure to ultraviolet germicidal lamps prevent small organisms like mold and bacteria from replicating or reproducing. In many cases a lack of activity will also stop them from circulating through your HVAC system. This effectively sanitizes indoor air.

There Are Several Types of UV Lights

There are two primary types of UV germicidal lamps you can use: coil sanitizing lights and air sanitizing lights. We’ll help you choose the right one for your needs and budget.

Coil Sanitizing Lights

A coil-based UV germicidal lamp focuses on your air conditioner’s condenser coil. This makes it more useful for central air conditioning systems with only one coil. As moisture collects, the surface of the coil becomes ideal for growing mold or bacteria. If not sanitized, these particles can circulate throughout your HVAC system.

A coil sanitizing light concentrates UV rays on this one component. They run continuously to ensure as many particles are sanitized as possible. Their comparatively simple design makes them the most common choice for UV germicidal lamps. Coil sanitizing lights can be found in both single- and dual-lamp models.

Air Sanitizing Lights

This kind of UV germicidal lamp is placed in the ductwork itself. Their UV light is concentrated where return air is brought into your HVAC system. Air sanitizing lights are more effective for airborne particles.

These models can be used with other components like the blower motor. It will start and stop as the motor does. This reduces the energy they’ll need to effectively sanitize indoor air.

HVAC UV Light Benefits

UV lights are an excellent way to improve your indoor air quality. There are many specific benefits for doing so, such as:

  • Reducing musty or unpleasant odors. Mold, bacteria and fungi growth is often smelly. If these organisms appear in your ductwork, the smell can circulate through your entire home.
  • Prevent growth on delicate HVAC components. Organisms growing in your HVAC system can clog important components. This can lead to damage or reduced efficiency. UV germicidal lamps will prevent these organisms from collecting inside your HVAC system.
  • May reduce illness or respiratory problems. Higher indoor air quality is better for your health. In many cases it can reduce airborne particles that make you sick. Other particles like dander and pollen will also be reduced. People with allergies or asthma may find breathing is much easier.
  • Low maintenance. Most UV germicidal lamps are easily maintained, but the bulbs need to be replaced regularly. For most models, that’s once a year. We’ll take care of this during your annual maintenance visit.

Enjoy Fresher Air with an Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamp

At Ditter, we’re not comfortable until you are. We work hard to keep quality UV germicidal lamps affordable to install and maintain. It’s one of the best ways to make your indoor air cleaner and healthier. Take advantage of our comprehensive maintenance program to reduce servicing costs.

Ditter Cooling, Heating & Electrical is a familiar sight in the western Twin Cities. That’s because people trust us for their indoor air quality solutions. Want to request a free estimate or schedule an appointment? Contact our staff at 763-200-5055 today.

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