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How Germicidal UV Light Works

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But did you realize that a different type of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your residence’s air clean?

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

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

Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC uses this light in several of our systems to improve air filtration in Booneville homes.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

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

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to purify air in residences in Booneville. That’s because it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is put in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling units. This also keeps its rays safely restricted while delivering strong cleaning for your home’s air.

Contaminated air is freshened in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light prior to spreading across your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even run for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for producing ozone.

When thinking over buying a germicidal lamp for your home, it’s critical to buy one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re trying to find methods to purify your residence’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC can help. We offer a broad range of options to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 662-269-8716 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

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