The idea of the air purifier was once nearly synonymous with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which are designed to intercept pollutants in order to help improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). However, modern technological innovations have allowed the development of other types of air purifiers, including UV air cleaners. These purifiers employ the power of UV-C light to kill harmful organisms present in your home’s air.
How Do UV Air Cleaners Eliminate Pollutants?
The reason UV air cleaners are so effective in killing off microorganisms is the same reason that unrestricted ultraviolet light is known to pose a serious threat to human health. UV-C light never actually reaches the Earth’s surface thanks to our atmosphere’s natural filtration capabilities, but it’s possible to create artificial UV-C light using modern technology. By doing so, air purifiers can harness the power of UV-C light to eliminate unwanted organisms in the air that passes through the cleaner itself without causing any risk or harm to individuals working or living in the space where the purifier is used.
Advantages and Disadvantages of UV Air Cleaners
The unique approach to air purification used by UV air cleaners provides a few clear advantages over other, more conventional types of air purifiers. Most purifiers use filtration elements that are designed to trap pollutants, rather than kill them. This means purifiers that aren’t adequately maintained could simply serve as breeding grounds for more harmful bacteria. UV light, on the other hand, outright destroys biological organisms in order to keep them from harming household health and prevent further breeding.
Another benefit is that many UV air cleaners use HEPA filters alongside UV light in order to trap those contaminants that are unaffected by germicidal ultraviolet light.
For High IAQ, Turn to Custom Aire
Custom Aire has provided residents of the Bensalem, Pennsylvania area with reliable heating and cooling services since 1969. We’ve garnered expertise with both residential and commercial products, and our technicians hold NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certifications for your peace of mind. Seeking a new air cleaner or air purifier maintenance services? Get in touch with Custom Aire today.