Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘UV Germicidal Lights’

How Do UV Germicidal Lights Work?

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Your indoor air quality is incredibly important to your overall wellbeing, health, and comfort, so of course, you want to make sure yours is the best it can be! Surely, you’ve heard about air filtration systems and air purifiers, but do you know about UV germicidal lights?

UV germicidal lights are great for eliminating germs and bacteria from your ductwork system so that they do not enter your living space. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to consider installing one of these systems in your home, and below, we’ve explained why. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call our team when you need a reputable HVAC company in Alexandria. 

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Here’s Why Your IAQ is Important

Monday, February 24th, 2020

cold-couple-on-couchYour comfort is dependant on more than just the temperature inside your home. That’s right: in addition to a great heating and air conditioning system, you are also going to need the right combination of indoor air quality systems in place.

See, your indoor air quality is incredibly important to your overall health, comfort, and well-being, so you certainly do not want to take it for granted. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to boost your indoor air quality, but first, it is important to learn why it matters in the first place.

So, what are you waiting for? keep reading below to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need an HVAC company in Loudoun County. 

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Why Use UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, February 19th, 2018

family-playingLiving comfortably in your own home is not something that you should compromise on. It is something every homeowner deserves. That being said, maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home should not be your sole priority. Important as it may be, it is also vital that you maintain high indoor air quality in your home as well.

In many cases, using air filtration systems or electronic air purifiers will be enough.  In others,  however, dealing with pollutants of a different kind—biological pollutants—will be necessary. These pollutants are living organisms, and include viruses, mold spores, and bacteria. Such pollutants cannot simply be filtered out of the air. They must be destroyed, and they can be with the use of UV germicidal lights in Washington, DC.

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UV Germicidal Lights Help Prevent Illness

Monday, September 26th, 2016

With winter on its way, many people are probably double checking to ensure that they have some sick days left in case of illness. It’s that time of the year. With that in mind many homeowners are on the lookout for ways in which to keep their living environments as healthy as possible.

One way in which to do so is to use UV germicidal lights in Alexandria. UV germicidal lights help to protect indoor air quality, and that can help to protect your health. These systems are basic in design and operation, but it is vital that you schedule your UV light installation and services with trained professionals. Give us a call to have the job done right.

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Maintain a Healthful Environment with a UV Air Purifier

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Homeowners this time of the year are starting to think more and more about the way in which they’ll cool their homes during the summer season. If you have an air conditioner in place already, and you have already had it tuned up for the season, then you may think that you are ready to live comfortably throughout the hottest time of the year without issue. We hope that you are right, of course, but this is often simply not the case. You must enjoy great indoor air quality in your home, as well as reliable temperature maintenance, if you are to live in the comfort that you deserve. Doing so may require the use of specialized equipment, such as UV germicidal lights.

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Have You Considered the Use of UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, January 4th, 2016

As important as it is to both heat and cool your home effectively and reliably, you must also remember that the quality of the air itself can have a serious impact on your overall comfort level. There is no guarantee, unfortunately, that this will be a positive impact. If the air  in your home is of subpar quality, then you will likely find before long that your comfort, and potentially your health, is suffering.The good news is that there is certainly a system or method that can help you to improve  your indoor air quality. There is no one solution, though, that is going to work in every situation. If you are concerned about biological pollutants in particular, then you may want to use UV germicidal lights in Washington, D.C.

Contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. for more details. 

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Improving Air Quality by Destroying Pollutants

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Most homeowners know that they need a great heating and air conditioning system in order to maintain a comfortable environment within their homes. However, too many homeowners mistakenly believe that the quest for true comfort ends there. In fact, it is every bit as important that you maintain high indoor air quality in your home as it is that you keep the temperature within your home at a comfortable level. Not only does maintaining great indoor air quality protect your comfort, but it can protect your health as well. Many illnesses and respiratory issues, for instance, stem from the presence of biological pollutants. By destroying such pollutants with the use of UV germicidal lights in Capitol Hill, DC, you can reduce the risk of encountering such issues. Contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. to learn more.

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Are UV Germicidal Lights a Good Option for Me?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

While some people may go into home ownership thinking that pollution is only a problem outdoors, they generally find before long that pollutants can be just as troublesome within their homes, if not more. There are a lot of different reasons as to why your indoor air quality may suffer, and poor indoor air quality may manifest in a number of different ways. The good news is that the IAQ specialists on our staff are here to ensure that your indoor air quality problems are resolved successfully. We do so by ensuring that the right equipment is put to use in your home. For biological pollutant destruction, UV germicidal lights in Washington, DC may be necessary. Schedule your IAQ services with the experts at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.

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What Types of Contaminants Do UV Germicidal Lights Target?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The quality of your air depends in large part on what flows through the ducts every day. Your heating and air conditioning system recycles air for use again and again. As you breathe in this air, you also breathe in anything that may have collected in the ductwork. While there are filters in your heating and air conditioning system to prevent this from occurring, they cannot filter out every type of particle, and your ducts may be home to other contaminants that could provoke an illness. Learn about why you should use UV lights in conjunction with your HVAC system to rid your home of bacteria and viruses, surface mold, and even foul odors.

  • Bacteria and Viruses: UV germicidal lights can actually help prevent the spread of disease by sterilizing and killing microorganisms like harmful viruses and bacteria. Ultraviolet light can damage organic material when it comes into contact with it. When people go outside in the daylight for a short period of time, it usually carries little or no effect. But for a microorganism like bacteria, UV exposure can prove fatal. UV germicidal lights eliminate bacteria which could trigger an immune disorder or viruses that make your family members ill.
  • Surface Mold: UV lights are often used specifically to target the mold that may potentially develop on the inside evaporator coil of your air conditioning system. The evaporator coil collects moisture as condensation when refrigerant moves through the coil, which is helpful to homeowners because this keeps humidity levels under control. However, excessive moisture creates ideal circumstances for mold development. As air blows over the wet coil and into your home, you and your family members breathe in the air along with any mold spores that could aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
  • Odors from Cooking or Pets: Finally, UV germicidal lights can sometimes get rid of lingering odors that are byproducts of cooking as well as pet odors. In fact, sewage treatment plants use commercial UV treatment technology to control odors and reduce the chances of corrosion.

A UV germicidal system may not be the best choice for every homeowner. Discuss your indoor air quality concerns with a technician to decide whether you would prefer an air cleaner or humidifier instead.

Call Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. to speak with an expert about the possibilities of UV germicidal lights in Arlington.

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Are Germicidal Lights Right for Me?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

At the turn of the century, Icelandic physician and scientist Niels Ryberg Finsen experimented with ultraviolent radiation as a method of treating disease. Using UV lights, Finsen discovered he could destroy harmful bacteria inside the human body, and his development of a way to treat tuberculosis garnered him the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 1903. This started a revolution in sterilization in health care that not only treated disease but helped to create healthier environments in hospitals and clinics.

Today, UV germicidal lights that eliminate bacteria have entered the home for use in cleaning the air that circulates through ductwork. Ducts, closed-in and sometimes damp, are an ideal breeding ground for mold and fungus that can send dangerous spores into household air which trigger a variety of health conditions. UV germicidal lights can safely destroy these biological contaminants and prevent them from returning. Specialists in Alexandria, VA in UV germicidal lights can install these in your HVAC system to stop the spread of illness.

But are these ultraviolet lamps right for you? The best way to learn is to call Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. today and arrange for an appointment; our experts will determine the best way to clean your home’s air.

Why UV lights might be the right choice for you

Not every home will have troubles in its vents from biological pollutants. However, with the humid summer climates we can experience in Alexandria, this can be a distressingly common issue. You still shouldn’t arrange for UV germicidal light installation unless you have professionals look over your ductwork to see if the ultraviolet lamps are the best solution.

It’s important to keep in mind that health issues you can experience in your home from low indoor air quality don’t necessarily need to originate from bacteria growth in the vents. Dirt, dust, pollen, and dander will also cause troubles that can be hard to distinguish from problems due to toxic spores. UV lights do no good against standard dust and dirt issues, and in these cases you will need air cleaners and filters instead of UV germicidal lights. Indoor air quality experts can examine your home and ventilation system to determine what contaminants you have inside and how best to treat them.

If you do have bacterial troubles inside your vents from mold, fungus, etc., then UV germicidal lights are probably the best solution. Not only are they extremely effective (the Nobel Committee doesn’t hand out awards for nothing), but they also eliminate the need to use chemicals inside your ducts that will damage your air. As long as they are professionally installed, UV lights are completely safe and unobtrusive.

Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. offers excellent UV germicidal lights for Alexandria, VA homes. Call us today to get started solving your home’s indoor air quality woes.

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