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Purifing Indoor Air Quality with UV Lights

Purifing Indoor Air Quality with UV LightsThe lights are placed within the ductwork or air handler of HVAC systems where nearly all the air in your home passes over it. UV light is hazardous to eyesight and they’re out of sight inside the HVAC equipment.

How UV Systems Compare

Compared to other kinds of air purification equipment, UV lighting offers:

  • High energy efficiency. The new generation of UV lights use LED technology and require annual replacement. Air purifiers rely on filters that need replacement as often as semiannually that can cost much more than the UV light bulbs.
  • Low maintenance. Since they’re out of sight, UV lights require little maintenance, especially if you keep the air filter for your HVAC system clean.
  • Protection against VOCs. These gases are among the most common airborne pollutants in the typical home. They come from products made from hydrocarbons and have varying degrees of toxicity. The lights are the only way to reduce the VOC load in the air without relying on year-round fresh air ventilation, which isn’t realistic during the summer or winter.
  • Odor-free. UV rays eliminate much of the need for disinfecting air sprays that have overpowering scents that may even include VOCs. Air sprays only offer spot protection from the spread of infectious germs, while UV lighting systems protect the whole home.
  • A cleaner HVAC system. The lights will eliminate mold growth inside the air handler and the ductwork. When mold grows inside the air handler on the evaporator coil, cooling efficiency drops and air quality declines.

Cleaner, healthier air is easy to achieve by using UV lights in your HVAC system. To learn more, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, proudly serving homeowners in the greater Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Considering Improving Your Home’s IAQ by Using UV Lights? Here’s What to Know

Considering Improving Your Home's IAQ by Using UV Lights? Here's What to KnowYou may not spend a lot of time thinking about the quality of the air inside your home. However, clean air can help keep everyone in the home healthy. It has even greater benefits for allergy sufferers and for those with breathing difficulties. Improving your indoor air quality, or IAQ, is a fairly easy task that offers a great return on your investment.

What Affects IAQ?

The quality of your air can be affected by many factors. If you have smokers or pets in the home, if you have pollen-bearing plants in your yard or neighborhood, or if there’s a major roadway nearby, your air may not be as clean as you’d want it to be. Other factors affecting IAQ include having lots of dust in the air or high levels of humidity that might encourage mold growth.

What Improves IAQ?

The first, and simplest, fix for your IAQ is a good filter for your HVAC system. If you replace it regularly, a filter will catch many of the larger allergens and contaminants that get into your home.

Filters aren’t sufficient to catch the smallest particles, however. They also don’t do much about mold or mildew growth inside your ducts or around your A/C’s evaporator coil.

To take care of these contaminants, many homeowners opt to install UV, or ultraviolet, lights inside their ducts or near their evaporator coils. These lights work at a wavelength that attacks bacteria and mold spores. The lights disrupt the contaminants’ DNA, preventing them from reproducing and shortening their lives.

Since UV lights are installed within the HVAC system, they have no effect on the people or pets living in the home. These lights are remarkably effective. They have been shown to improve IAQ in less than an hour after being turned on, and they continue to clean the air as long as your HVAC system is on. Paired with a high-quality filter, UV lights can give you the indoor air quality your family needs to stay healthy.

For more information about using UV lights in your Portland area home, contact Roth Heating & Cooling today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Keep Your Water Clean with UV Water Filters

Keep Your Water Clean with UV Water FiltersDid you know that UV light can improve the quality of your home’s water supply? UV water filters can kill the vast majority of bacteria they come into contact with in the household water supply—using no harmful chemicals. With the UV or ultraviolet water filtration system, there’s no bulky equipment to crowd up your kitchen counter, either. Your UV water filter system can be installed below the sink, keeping your countertop clear. Your pure, filtered drinking water is dispensed from a faucet separate from and usually alongside the regular sink faucet in your Portland area home. You may have read our blogs about UV light technology that improves indoor air quality, working within your HVAC system to kill bacteria. Now this type of technology has been applied to water filtration. Continue reading

UV Lights: Check the Bulb and Change as Needed

UV Lights: Check the Bulb and Change as NeededAchieving good indoor air quality in your Portland area home can be accomplished by installing UV lights to remove harmful microorganisms from your indoor air. However, it’s important for homeowners to know how often the bulbs in ultraviolet light germicidal systems should be changed in order to maximize performance. Continue reading

What Do UV Lights Really Do for Your Indoor Air Quality?

What Do UV Lights Really Do for Your Indoor Air Quality?The growing amount of fungi and bacteria in indoor air has many people thinking about how they can think Earth Smart while improving the quality of their air. The spread of fungi or mold indoors is on the rise, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This is partially due to how homes are insulated and how air flows throughout the home. The use of germicidal UV lights can help reduce this mold and other unwanted micro-organisms, creating cleaner air in the home. Continue reading

UV Lights Work With Your HVAC System To Provide Better Indoor Air Quality

UV Lights Work With Your HVAC System To Provide Better Indoor Air QualityEvery minute of every day, nasty little microorganisms are floating around the air of your Portland area home, threatening the quality of your indoor air. To combat this, one technique that is gaining popularity with homeowners is the use of UV lights. Not only do ultraviolet (UV) lights eradicate everything from spores and mold to bacteria and viruses, they’ll work with your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system to help clean your air. Continue reading

Germicidal Control With UV Lights

Germicidal Control With UV LightsUnfortunately, your family and pets are not the only living residents of your home. Today’s houses are also filled with airborne germs and other microorganisms. In fact, most homes have a far higher concentration of germs than the outdoor air, because the walls, roof and comfort systems that protect residents from the elements also provide a fertile living environment for microorganisms. Continue reading

How UV Lights Work To Reduce The Likelihood Of Cold And Flu

Many Portlanders spend a lot of time indoors to avoid frequently rainy weather. Unfortunately, most homes could use better indoor air quality. One way to improve indoor air quality is to get an air cleaner, such as an ultraviolet (UV) light purification system. Air cleaners are especially useful when you keep your house sealed, trapping pollutants inside.  Continue reading

Cold And Flu Season Is Coming: Let UV Lights Boost Your Resistance

Colds and flu are just part of the season for many here in the Portland area and around the country. Even if you rarely suffer from these illnesses, it pays to do all you can to prevent even one uncomfortable, inconvenient occurrence. Ultraviolet (UV) lighting included in modern home comfort systems is one of the latest innovations that can help keep cold/flu bugs at bay. Certain UV frequencies now used in germicidal UV lights are able to reduce the spread of bacteria to help protect your family, and your heating and cooling equipment, from harm. Continue reading

Recessed Lighting: A Relatively Simple Retrofit

Recessed Lighting: A Relatively Simple RetrofitOne simple and cost-effective way to upgrade your home is to improve its lighting. Hidden, or recessed, lighting can create an atmosphere completely different from what you currently have with your existing fixtures and lamps.  Not only can you enhance brightness and create dramatic effects through arrangements of floodlights and spotlights, but you can eliminate obstructed views and unsightly cords as well as the chore of dusting lamps. Continue reading