The installation of disinfectant coil lights is a common practice for air conditioning systems, as it is both cost-effective and effective in preventing microbial growth. Researchers have found that viruses travel through water particles suspended in the air, so UV lights installed in the ducts that treat the air that circulates through them can be beneficial. Installing UV lights in your air conditioning system is a simple process, but it is best to leave it to a professional. If you or your family suffer from allergies or respiratory problems, you should strongly consider installing an integrated UV air purifier in the ducts.
Installing a UV HVAC lamp can benefit everyone in your household, especially those with allergies and respiratory issues. The most common type of HVAC light is a duct light placed near the central air system fan. However, the UV lights that most HVAC technicians try to sell are not powerful enough to kill a significant amount of mold spores, bacteria, and viruses that circulate through the system. Higher frequency UV light has enough energy to destroy the DNA of bacteria and other microorganisms, killing them and disinfecting the air. A more complex system with lights mounted on all ducts will be more effective at keeping the system clean, but installing them is more difficult and expensive.
Working with UV lights can be dangerous, so you should hire a professional to install them or take safety precautions if you decide to do it yourself. You don't have to worry about a UV lamp damaging your air conditioning system, as the metal used in most ducts is resistant to damage caused by UV rays and does not wear out or become brittle over time like plastic or other composite materials. Symptoms of black mold in an air conditioner include headaches that go away when outside, coughing, sneezing, rash, nausea, and fatigue. Installing UV lights can help prevent these issues from occurring.
The cost of installing UV lights in an HVAC system depends on several factors such as the size of the system, the type of light used, and the complexity of the installation. Generally speaking, installing a single UV light in an existing HVAC system will cost between $200 and $400. If you need to install multiple lights or if you need to replace existing lights with higher-powered ones, then the cost will be higher. Installing UV lights in your HVAC system is an investment that pays off over time.
Not only will it help keep your family healthy by preventing mold growth and other airborne contaminants from circulating through your home, but it will also help reduce energy costs by keeping your air conditioning system running more efficiently.