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How Germicidal UV Light Works

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

The sun gives off two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can result in sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

There’s another concentration of UV light, known as UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to clean air, water and various surfaces.

Colvin's Heating and Cooling uses this light in a few of our products to boost air filtration in Excelsior Springs houses.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

This distinct wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” because it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually die as they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a strong substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in many disinfection uses, such as 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 freshen air in residences in Excelsior Springs. That’s since it can also eliminate frequent indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra benefit if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Installing 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 many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams securely restricted while giving powerful purification for your home’s air.

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

This whole-house option is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single space. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even run longer. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for producing ozone.

When considering getting a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s critical to buy one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory troubles.

If you’re looking for ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help. We offer a large range of products to help your family breathe better. Contact us at 816-379-3918 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!

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