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How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) results in painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’s air clean?

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

There’s another concentration of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is harmful for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to disinfect air, water and certain surfaces.

Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. uses this light in some of our products to improve air filtration in Muskogee homes.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

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

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

It’s becoming more popular to freshen air in residences in Muskogee. That’s because it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We install a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is set within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling units. This also keeps its beams carefully housed while delivering great cleaning for your house’s air.

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

This whole-house option is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that may even operate for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.

When thinking about adding a germicidal lamp to your residence, it’s important to select one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is good at eradicating odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking ways to freshen your residence’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can help. We sell a broad range of products to help your household breathe better. Contact us at 918-682-8238 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!

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