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How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you know that another kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’s air clean?

The sun emits two types of dangerous UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.

There’s another kind of UV light, known as UVC. While direct exposure to this ultraviolet light is harmful for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to disinfect air, water and some surfaces.

Assured Appliance and Heating & Air uses this light in some of our solutions to improve air filtration in Genoa homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This distinct wavelength is called “germicidal” as it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a mighty substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in many disinfection uses, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to sterilize drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming more popular to freshen air in homes in Genoa. That’s since it can also eradicate common indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional advantage for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

Using Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We place a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is put within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling units. This also keeps its beams securely restricted while providing powerful disinfection for your home’s air.

Contaminated air is cleaned in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light prior to circulating throughout your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still work to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house solution is superior to a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in one space. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that may even work for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers are known for producing ozone.

When considering adding a germicidal lamp to your residence, it’s critical to look for one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking ways to freshen your house’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can help. We sell a large range of products to help your family breathe more easily. Contact us at 847-306-8990 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

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