Benefits of UV lighting in HVAC
The use of UV Lighting in your cooling and/or heating systems prevents or eliminates the buildup of any type of organic material on the system’s drain pipes, cooling coils, and interior ductwork.
Simply, it’s a smart, healthy option that makes sense no matter how you look at it.
Adding UV lighting to your HVAC system helps to reduce microbial buildup on air filters, cooling coils, drain pans, and duct surfaces, keeping your entire HVAC system working like new. By eliminating contaminants such as biofilm growth, and other organic materials, heat exchange and airflow are dramatically improved. Other benefits include improving air quality, reduction in overall maintenance, and reducing energy use.
Reduction in Energy Consumption
By adding UV lighting to your HVAC system, you can reduce energy consumption. UV lighting itself doesn’t conserve any energy. However, it restores the system’s performance to optimal levels which helps to save you money.
Reduces Disease Transmission
Reducing disease transmission is the primary benefit of UV lighting in your heating and cooling unit, which keeps your family healthier. Your central heating and air conditioning are designed to circulate the air, the downside is that it can also circulate airborne bacteria and viruses. UV lighting kills pathogens and other microorganisms that would normally thrive in the system.
Sick Building Syndrome
In our modern times, a substantial percentage of the population in urban and suburban areas spends most of their days in enclosed spaces. Hence the increasing importance of indoor air quality. 40 years ago data began to be published that reported people who worked in office buildings had been developing headaches, sore throats, and chronic fatigue, among others. In the coming decade, we found these symptoms developing more frequently in hermetic buildings. We came to label these as cases of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). When you are feeling poorly we usually attribute it to the flu or an infection. However, the culprit behind it could be something as innocuous as your building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
The International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy estimates that poor air quality from sick buildings increases job losses by 5%. Sick buildings can lead to work absenteeism, but it also decreases productivity, since employees usually find themselves ill or unmotivated in the workplace, usually due to respiratory ailments. Low-quality HVAC systems can be a risk factor due to cross-contamination between the air supply and the air extraction. Lack of maintenance or inadequate design can be a leading contributor towards SBS, especially when the outdoor air quality is low or there is too much air re circulation. Here at Advanced Air Conditioning, our highly qualified design team can offer tailored design and installation of UV lighting options that can be greatly beneficial when designing new commercial systems and replacing existing systems, and will recommend the best outcome.
A UV lighting device helps your system clean itself, which is why they’re cost-effective for business owners. A number of factors contribute to their effectiveness including:
- The Intensity and Number of UV Lamps Installed
- Placement and Direction
- The Reflectivity of Surrounding Surfaces
- Home’s Temperature and Humidity Levels
If your business turns out to have the right conditions for UV installation, it’s certainly worth the investment when you consider all of the health-related and money-saving benefits.