November 30, 2021
If you have been thinking a little differently since last year about the air you breathe in your home, you’re not alone. Ventilation and air purification have become nearly synonymous with health and safety, and awareness around the different types of filtration and purification is on the rise. If you have been wondering how UV light purification works and if it will benefit your home, you’ve come to the right place.
How UV Light Purification Works
UV-C radiation is dangerous to humans when they are directly exposed to it, so it can be puzzling trying to understand how it can be used safely to clean the air in your home. But UV-C light purification systems like the Aerus Air Scrubber are installed inside of your central heating and cooling system, out of sight, and clean the air using concentrated UV light radiation.
This permanently damages the RNA of contaminants like viruses and bacteria, preventing them from multiplying and entering the lungs of your family members and visitors. The Air Scrubber also creates clusters of hydrogen and oxygen, called oxidizers (which are in no way harmful or hurtful to pets or humans), which are sent out into your home to help reduce contaminants on surfaces.
How Effective is UV Purification?
According to research done on similar UV germicidal lights for air cleaning, the Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Lab at the Berkeley Lab, “research has demonstrated up to 99% reductions of molds and bacteria on irradiated surfaces”. According to Aerus specifications and research, the Air Scrubber utilizes the same ActivePure® Technology that can reduce “over 99.9% of contaminants found on surfaces and in the air”.
Is It Right for You?
Deciding if a UV air purification system is right for you will depend on a number of factors, like the shape of your existing ductwork and the particular sensitivities of you and your family. Our IAQ experts here at Hassler can help you make the right decision for your home, factoring in your current ventilation and filtration systems as well as the current state of your indoor air.
However, the Air Scrubber can provide a number of benefits when correctly installed in a central HVAC system, such as:
Less risk of mold growth
Reduction in allergy-like symptoms, year round
Increased surface sanitization throughout your home
Reduced dust on AC or heat pump coils (which can increase life expectancy as well as HVAC efficiency)
If you experience allergy-like symptoms throughout the year, such as dry eyes, skin, nose, throat, headaches, unusual tiredness, sinus congestion, nausea, coughing, and sneezing, the Air Scrubber may be able to reduce those symptoms by cleaning your air “at the source”.
Keep Your Home Healthy This Year, with Hassler
No two homes will ever be exactly alike, and there is no “silver bullet” for curing your home of all viruses, bacteria, and allergens. But with a comprehensive and customized plan for increasing your indoor air quality from the experts at Hassler, we can start you on a path to a healthier home.
As the whole home experts in the East Bay, the Hassler team knows how to improve your home from the outside in, starting with closing up the air gaps in your home through professional air sealing, upgrading your insulation to prevent excess heat loss (or heat infiltration), then addressing the ventilation, filtration, and purification connected to your HVAC system. If you are looking to breathe healthier air in your Alameda, Contra Costa, or Marin county home, get in touch with Hassler today!