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How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But did you know that another variety of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your home’s air clean?

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

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

Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces uses this light in several of our systems to boost air filtration in Alliance residences.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

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

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to disinfect air in residences in Alliance. That’s since it can also wipe out common 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 House

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is installed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its rays carefully contained while giving powerful purification 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 before flowing around your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t working, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house solution is greater than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one room. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that may even operate for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers are known for producing ozone.

When thinking about adding a germicidal lamp to your house, it’s essential to get one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at eradicating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory problems.

If you’re trying to find methods to freshen your residence’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can help. We sell a large range of solutions to help your loved ones breathe better. Contact us at 308-646-3827 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

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