What is a UV Air Scrubber?

How healthy is the air in your home? If you’re like most Americans, you probably think the air in your home is perfectly fine, but statistics suggest that you’re probably mistaken. In fact, the air in your home can be as much as ten times worse than the air outside, and a large chunk of that has to do with elevated levels of microscopic biological contaminants. Things like mold spores, airborne bacteria, and other microbes can cause all sorts of problems, ranging from foul odors and allergies to even serious health problems and illnesses.

However, there’s a fairly simple way to curtail this problem and make the air in your home clean, healthy, and safe to breathe for you and your family: a UV air scrubber. On this blog, we’ll discuss this technology and help you determine if it’s a worthy investment for you.

What Is a UV Air Scrubber?

A UV air scrubber is essentially a small, specialized lamp that’s installed on the intake vent of your HVAC system. The lamp is equipped with a special bulb that emits ultraviolet light, also known as UV light. UV light is particularly harsh: while it’s invisible to the human eye, it’s one of the things that’s responsible for your skin getting burned if you’re out in the sun too long. It also causes aging, wearing, cracking, and other damage to things left in the sun.

Why would you want this type of radiation in your home? Simple: UV radiation is lethal to microbes like bacteria, pollen, and mold spores. By running the air in your home past this light, any microbes in the air get zapped by the radiation, killing them and rendering them completely harmless. By installing the UV light inside your air intake vent, you won’t have to worry about the radiation harming you or anything in your home, but the bacteria and other airborne bio-contaminants will be quickly zapped, preventing them from growing, multiplying, and spreading.

These are particularly popular in areas with high levels of humidity, such as the state of Texas. Humidity is what allows mold and other bacteria to continue to thrive in the air, thus making the problem really difficult to get rid of. However, with an air scrubber, the air that flows through your home is constantly cycling in and out of your system, which means more and more of the bacteria and airborne pathogens are eliminated by the air scrubber and then filtered out by your HVAC air filter.

Should You Invest In One?

Do you suffer from serious allergy problems in your home? What about musty or mildew-like odor that you can’t seem to get rid of? These are all symptoms of a high amount of mold or mildew in your home, and much of it could be in the air. An air scrubber can help you curtail this problem, get rid of the odor, and get you back to living happy and healthy again.

Air scrubbers are generally pretty inexpensive and require little maintenance beyond simply replacing the bulb every year or so. Replacement bulbs aren’t as cheap as your average lamp bulb, but you can generally get them for $25 to $35, with larger and more advanced systems running as much as $50.

These systems also only use a marginal amount of added energy as well—a difference of no more than a few cents to a few dollars on your bill each month. However, the added investment can be well worth-it when you consider the immense difference to your health and quality of life.

For more information about UV air scrubbers, contact the Kerrville heating and cooling team at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating at (830) 302-3140!