Most people know that UV lamps are used in tanning salons to safely give that sun-kissed look. UV technology is also used in hospital settings for sterilization and medical phototherapy. But did you know you can also use UV lights at home? Indeed, UV lighting has a range of applications outside of healthcare, industrial, and commercial settings.
UV lights are versatile and available in different types. Homeowners across all of California have realized as much, with portable lights, air sterilization, and HVAC coil sterilization lights being the most commonly used types. You, too, can use these UV lights that resemble fluorescent bulbs in various ways at home.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
UV lights can kill biological growth in the air. Such biological growth includes bacteria, mold spores, and other air-borne pathogens. By improving the indoor air quality in your home, UV lamps protect you from headaches, eye irritation, rashes, and other common allergic reactions. Eliminating these air contaminants and allergens also reduces the risk of your family catching respiratory diseases and other illnesses. Better air quality ensures you can breathe better, even in your sleep, so you enjoy more refreshing sleep all year.
Homeowners can install these UV lights in HVAC systems, including air conditioners and furnaces. These coil sterilization UV lights prevent mold growth and sterilize the air passing through the HVAC system while protecting your HVAC equipment from premature degradation. Installing air sterilization UV lights in the ductwork ensures that the air is sterilized before it passes through the vents and into your living spaces.
While highly effective on their own, using UV lights alongside other air purification systems will greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality. In addition to UV lights, Huft Home Services carries other indoor air quality products, including air purifiers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers. We also offer professional air filter replacement services so you can continue to enjoy the best indoor air quality.
Increasing Energy Savings
Contaminant buildup on the coils and throughout your HVAC system will significantly reduce its capacity, forcing your system to work harder to meet your heating and cooling needs. Eliminating bacteria and mold ensures they cannot clog your air filters and restrict airflow from your HVAC system. Clean air will circulate more easily, ensuring your system doesn’t have to work too hard to cool or heat your home. This optimized system performance will ensure your HVAC system works like new with reduced energy consumption, saving you a significant amount in utility bills.
Additionally, UV lights are a cost-effective way to improve your indoor air quality. These lamps are highly energy efficient, so you don’t have to worry about spiking your energy costs when you add UV lights. Additionally, the bulbs require minimal maintenance with no serious financial implications.
Enhancing the Comfort of the Home
Getting rid of the mold in your spaces will eliminate the musty odor frequently associated with it, making your home more comfortable to be in at any time. Similarly, you can avoid the unsightly stains on your furniture, floors, walls, and ceilings caused by mold.
With fresh air to breathe in, no smells to worry about, and no stains in sight, the comfort in your home will make you want to spend even more time indoors. You will have no trouble spending quality time at home with family, and working from home will no doubt be a welcome prospect. You will also be happy to host and entertain friends and family in your home without worrying about any embarrassing sights and smells.
Disinfecting the Kitchen
UV germicidal lights are highly effective at disinfecting kitchen surfaces, appliances, groceries, and other items. The UV light breaks down grease, making it easier to clean kitchen surfaces, so you spend less time and effort on kitchen clean-up. The lights also kill viruses and bacteria on kitchen surfaces, so you don’t have to rely on chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation.
By removing residual grease from your kitchen hood exhaust, using UV lights in the kitchen also helps to prevent a flue fire hazard. You can add UV lights to your kitchen hood as part of your kitchen remodel without worrying about altering the hood’s structural dimensions.
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Your Home’s UV Lights
Hiring trained professionals such as our technicians at Huft Home Services guarantees the best outcome. Instead of doing it yourself, leave all the UV light installation work to our experts. They understand the impact of correct light placement and direction. UV lights will do an excellent job of improving your home’s indoor air quality when placed in the return air duct and near the coils of your HVAC system.
Additionally, you can trust a professional to recommend the right number of UV lights based on your home’s humidity levels and average temperature. You don’t want to skimp on getting enough UV lights only to end up compromising your home’s comfort and indoor air quality. Keep in mind also that UV lights are not all equal. Consulting with an expert will help ensure you choose a UV lamp that is best suited for your application. Light intensity is one of the fundamental characteristics to consider as you choose a UV lamp.
Regular maintenance also enhances the performance of your UV lights. Cleaning your UV lights every few months will remove any dust or debris that may have settled on the bulb, improving their effectiveness. It is recommended that you clean the bulbs every three to six months, as any dust buildup on the bulb will reduce the potency of the UV emission.
You can also get great tips from an expert on how to handle and operate the UV lights in your home. One such good tip is to avoid touching the surface of your UV lamp with your bare hands. The oil on your fingerprints may reduce the lamp’s UV output. This oil can also cause uneven heating on your UV lamp, which may, in turn, result in premature degradation. Another easy-to-follow tip is to be careful with your lamp storage and ensure you keep your UV lights in a dry place that is neither too hot nor too cold.
It is recommended that you replace your UV lights every year or after 9000 hours of use. While the bulb will still emit UV light if you don’t keep up with the replacement schedule, the light emitted will not be as effective in killing bacteria. To ensure your UV lights are working at maximum capacity, make sure to replace them on time, as recommended by the lamp manufacturer.
Get UV Lights for Your Home Today
At Huft Home Services, we are committed to ensuring you enjoy indoor comfort throughout the year. In addition to UV lights, we provide comprehensive installation, maintenance, and repair services for electrical and plumbing systems as well as air conditioning and heating equipment. We are always excited about serving our customers, and our service areas extend to Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin, Yolo, Solano, and Yuba counties.
Using UV lights in your home will improve your indoor air quality, enhance your home’s comfort levels, and ensure you have an ultra-clean kitchen. Are you located in this part of California and ready to start enjoying these benefits? Contact us today, and our team of trained and experienced technicians will install UV lights in your home and provide the required maintenance service.