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Why Use a UV Air Purifier in My Home?

We don’t want our clients to get too hung up on all of the things that could potentially go wrong in their homes. That being said, though, you really should be aware of the various problems that you may encounter when it comes to your comfort, especially when those problems can also negatively affect your health. It’s not fear mongering—it’s just making sure that you have the information that you need to protect your indoor air quality. In many cases, basic air filtration is enough to do so. Other homeowners may be in need of more specialized equipment, though, such as UV air purifiers. 

What Is a UV Air Purifier?

A UV (ultraviolet) air purifier is an air purification system that uses safe amounts of UV radiation in order to destroy biological pollutants, also rendering them incapable of reproduction. There are a few different biological pollutants that you may encounter in your home, including viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. We should point out that while a UV air purifier in Des Moines, IA can destroy mold spores in the air passing under its light, it will not do anything to remove mold that has already taken root in your home.

The UV air purifier is installed in your HVAC system’s ductwork, typically near the air handler, so as to comprehensively treat the air distributed throughout your home. These devices do not filter the air, so they are a great supplement to, but not a replacement for, air filtration systems and devices. Because biological pollutants are often too small to be successfully removed from the air via filtration, and they can continue to reproduce even once they are trapped on a filter, pollutant destruction truly is your best option.

If you have frequent issues with allergy and asthma flareups, or if you have noticed mold growth in any areas of your home, it may be wise for  you to consider the use of a UV air purifier. Not every home is going to require such measures. Those that do, though, can benefit greatly from the protection that UV air purifiers offer.

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