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How Do UV Lights Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

How Do UV Lights Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?UV (ultraviolet) lights have been used for decades to disinfect food, water, and air in food-processing plants, hospitals, water treatment facilities, schools, commercial buildings, and more. UV technology is also available for residential purposes to enhance indoor air quality in homes. Read on to learn how UV lights can help you breathe easier and healthier in your San Diego area home.

How UV Lights Improve Indoor Air Quality

UV light systems emit low levels of ultraviolet radiation to kill or control a host of germs, house mold, bacteria, and viruses. UV systems accomplish this by altering the cell structure of microorganisms which renders them unable to reproduce.

While outdoor air is cleansed by the sun and vegetation, the indoor air of many households is sealed up to save energy and becomes a stuffy breeding ground for harmful contaminants. A proactive approach to clean indoor air is necessary if you want healthful air to breathe in your home.

Installation and Maintenance

UV light systems consist of one to three UV light bulbs that are installed inside the air ducts. The best location for UV lights is near the evaporator coil. The evaporator produces a large amount of condensate. The moisture and darkness provide ideal conditions for the growth of mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms.

For the best results, install one UV light inside the A-frame type evaporator and two bulbs on the exterior tubing of the evaporator. As airflow streams through the tubing, it is disinfected by the lights. Additionally, UV light systems protect supply ducts from contamination, which helps prevent odors and re-contamination to the living spaces.

Installation only takes an hour or two. Since the lights are completely concealed inside the air ducts, they won’t harm people or pets. Maintenance is as simple as changing the bulbs every two or three years, which can be performed during HVAC preventive maintenance.

If you want to prevent the spread of mold and germs in your HVAC system and San Diego area home, contact the indoor air quality experts at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information about UV lights.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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5 Furnace Warning Signs to Pay Attention To

5 Furnace Warning Signs to Pay Attention ToIt’s not time to pack away the sweaters just yet. Chilly weather will continue for a couple of months in San Diego, especially at night when average temperatures hover in the 50s. It is essential that your furnace is in good working order during this time. Knowing when your furnace needs repair can prevent total system failure. Continue reading “5 Furnace Warning Signs to Pay Attention To” »

Don’t Just Schedule HVAC Maintenance, Invest In A Protection Plan

Don't Just Schedule HVAC Maintenance, Invest In A Protection PlanEvery homeowner in the San Diego area knows how important it is to take care of the HVAC system in order to keep it running at optimum levels. Scheduling regular maintenance is necessary but one of the safest ways to ensure efficiency and dependability is to invest in a protection plan. Problems can occur on the best-kept systems and having a plan provides high-priority quality service when problems do arise. Many companies offer HVAC protection plans, however, when choosing a plan look for these important features: Continue reading “Don’t Just Schedule HVAC Maintenance, Invest In A Protection Plan” »

5 Tips That Will Turn Your Summer Fun Into An Energy Savings Opportunity

5 Tips That Will Turn Your Summer Fun Into An Energy Savings OpportunityThe last thing you want when you return from a fun-filled vacation is a high energy bill. You haven’t even been home, so why are the bills high? The trick to preventing this situation is to implement the following tips designed to turn your summer fun into an opportunity for energy savings.

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A/C Operating Tips For Maximum Efficiency & Savings Through Summer

A/C Operating Tips For Maximum Efficiency & Savings Through SummerWith warmer weather here to stay, homeowners are looking for ways to stay cool. But staying cool also often means higher energy bills due to the operating costs of an air conditioner. In order to use your system to its maximum efficiency and to save energy, use these A/C operating tips this summer: Continue reading “A/C Operating Tips For Maximum Efficiency & Savings Through Summer” »