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What to Know About UV Air Sanitizers

UV Air Sanitizers

Common Questions About UV Air Sanitizers

There has never been another time in history where Purell and Clorox wipes have jumped off of the shelf so fast. In times like these, sanitation has become critical. But with these common household products quickly being sold out every time the shelves are restocked, many people are looking for other ways to sanitize their homes.

Fortunately, there are other methods out there that can do more than clean surfaces, and that’s what this article is all about. Learn how UV air sanitizers are a highly effective method of air quality sanitation that is worth exploring for any home.

What Is a UV Air Sanitizer?

what isA UV air sanitizer uses UV-C light to breakdown and destroy airborne pathogens such as mold, bacteria, and viruses. There are many different types of UV air sanitizers, so the parts and features that are available will vary by the model being used.

However, the most essential part of the sanitizer is the UV lamp itself. The lamp emits the UV-C light which works to kill any existing pathogens in the air.

In some models, the UV lamp will sit in a chamber with reflective properties to maximize the intensity of the sanitation process. Of course, all models should also have a safety switch. This enables homeowners to safely and securely turn off the device in order to replace the lamps, make repairs, or clean the device.

How Does a UV Air Sanitizer Work?

UV-C light is the most dangerous type of UV light to living organisms and cells. But its harmful nature is what allows the light to kill airborne pathogens. A UV air sanitizer works by harnessing the power of UV light to attack the nucleic acids and DNA of the pathogen’s cells. It is a highly effective sanitation method that can kill 99.9% of mold, bacteria, germs, dust, and viruses.

how It works

It’s important to note that a UV air sanitizer isn’t as effective as a stand-alone product. It works best in combination with an additional air filtration system such as a HEPA filter. Once air funnels through the initial filtration system, it is exposed to the UV light, and finally passes through the ventilation system and into the rooms of the house.

Though the UV-C light is harmful to living organisms, it is never released into the room, and the individuals in the house will never be directly exposed to it.

Installation of UV Air Sanitizers

InstallationThere are a few different places that UV air sanitizers are typically installed in the home, but they are most commonly installed directly in the air handler. When trying to choose the best spot for installation, look for two things:
  • Stay close to a high-efficiency air filtration system (like a HEPA air filter).
  • Use a space that has reflective surfaces to maximize the sanitation intensity.

Keep in mind that the installation process of a UV air sanitizer can be a bit tricky, and it is difficult to determine the best spot to place the UV air sanitizer.

Therefore, it’s highly recommended that homeowners consult with an HVAC professional to help with the installation. An HVAC professional will have the best understanding of where to place the sanitizer in the home and will ensure that it is installed safely and correctly.

About 1st Choice Air Solutions

1st Choice Air Solutions has been there for homeowners to keep the home running as it should since 1995. No matter what mother nature has in store, their HVAC professionals are available 24/7 to restore comfort to the property as soon as possible. They strive to be the best in the industry and are so much more than the average service company – they are in the customer satisfaction business.