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How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you realize 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 dangerous rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

There’s another kind of UV light, referred to as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is harmful for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to clean air, water and various surfaces.

Airtronic Heating & Cooling uses this light in a few of our systems to better air filtration in Redford homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This precise wavelength is classified as “germicidal” since it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens pass through this light, they eventually die since they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a mighty alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in lots of disinfection applications, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also applied to clean drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to purify air in houses in Redford. That’s because it can also eradicate frequent indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We place a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is installed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its beams safely housed while providing great disinfection for your home’s air.

Contaminated air is purified in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light before flowing around your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house solution is greater than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a lone area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that could even work longer. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for making ozone.

When considering buying a germicidal lamp for your residence, it’s critical to buy one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory problems.

If you’re seeking methods to clean your house’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Airtronic Heating & Cooling can help. We have a wide range of solutions to help your household breathe easier. Contact us at 313-230-4053 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!

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