How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

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

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

There’s another type of UV light, known as UVC. While direct exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to clean air, water and certain surfaces.

Abilene Air-Tech Inc uses this light in some of our products to enhance air filtration in Abilene houses.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

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

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to disinfect air in homes in Abilene. That’s because it can also wipe out frequent indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional perk for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We place a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is put inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its rays carefully contained while giving strong disinfection for your residence’s air.

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

This whole-house solution is greater than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that could even operate for a longer life span. And, the majority of portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your residence, it’s important to select one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory problems.

If you’re trying to find methods to clean your home’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help. We sell a wide range of products to help your loved ones breathe better. Contact us at 325-200-4667 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!

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