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How Germicidal UV Light Works

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But did you know that another kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’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 kind of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to clean air, water and certain surfaces.

Abilene Air-Tech Inc uses this light in several of our products to boost air filtration in Abilene homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This specific wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” since it kills the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually die as they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a mighty alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in many disinfection uses, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to purify drinking water and other liquids created in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to freshen air in homes in Abilene. That’s due to the fact it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra perk if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We place a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is set within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its rays safely housed while providing great cleaning for your house’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 flowing throughout your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still function to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house option is superior to a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single space. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that can even work for a longer life span. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are notorious for producing ozone.

When thinking over getting a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s critical to select one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is good at wiping out odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory issues.

If you’re seeking ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help. We offer a large 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 right away!

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