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Are UV Air Purifiers Dangerous?

When it comes to improving your indoor air quality, you may have heard that not all systems are safe to have in your home. Whether you opt for a portable model or go with a whole-house air purification system, it’s important to do your research when it comes to choosing an air purifier for your house.

UV air purifiers are often misunderstood as being potentially harmful. However, this simply isn’t true. You may have read articles recently about the use of UV lights in nail salons causing harm. You’re also probably aware that UV light can cause sunburns and premature aging. But this isn’t true of whole house UV air purifiers. Let’s dispel some myths so you’ll feel completely at ease calling us for UV air purifier services.

Ultraviolet or UV Purification Systems

These systems are whole-house systems that are professionally installed by an HVAC company alongside your home’s existing HVAC system. They use UV light to purify the air that passes through your HVAC system and eliminate contaminants such as mold spores, bacteria, and germs.

UV light is highly effective at getting rid of a host of airborne contaminants that can cause problems for your home’s air quality and your family’s health. UV light can either kill a particle, causing it to literally break down, or it can destroy its ability to reproduce, rendering it as harmless as dust. 

Are UV Light Air Purifiers Potentially Harmful?

We mentioned above that UV light has been shown to be harmful in certain ways. Anyone who’s had a bad sunburn certainly knows how uncomfortable it feels. However, we want to assure you that when installed by a professional HVAC company, a whole-house UV air purifier won’t harm anyone in your home.

That’s because UV air purifiers are installed within your HVAC system’s ductwork. It’s out of sight and out of mind. Even if you were to make contact with it, it wouldn’t be harmful as it’s a different type of UV radiation. You can rest assured that whole-house UV air purifiers are a perfectly safe and effective method of removing 99% of airborne contaminants from the air in your home.

Do UV Light Purifiers Emit Ozone?

You may have read or heard about air purifiers that emit ozone. However, this concern was about an entirely different type of system that has since been phased out of the market. UV air purifiers don’t emit ozone and this isn’t something you need to worry about.

Installation Makes All the Difference

In order for a UV air purifier to work effectively and safely, the light needs to stretch across the entire width of your ducts. But a poor installation can disrupt all of that, leading to misaligned UV lamps and other problems that can affect the effectiveness of the unit. Considering how much of a difference it can make in the health of your family, a high-quality installation is vital to ensuring your UV air purifier can provide the best performance. 

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling today for UV air purifier installation services in Prosperity, SC!

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