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Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you know that a different type of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your residence’s air clean?

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

There’s another concentration of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to purify air, water and some surfaces.

Rescue Heating & Air uses this light in several of our solutions to enhance air filtration in Alice residences.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

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

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

It’s growing in popularity to disinfect air in homes in Alice. That’s since it can also wipe out frequent indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is placed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling units. This also keeps its light securely confined while giving great cleaning for your home’s air.

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

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that can even last for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

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

If you’re trying to find ways to purify your residence’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Rescue Heating & Air can help. We have a large range of options to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 361-265-4371 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!

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