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Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your 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 dangerous rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.

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

Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning uses this light in some of our systems to boost air filtration in Buellton residences.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

This distinct wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” since it kills the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually cease to exist because they can’t multiply.

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

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

Installing Germicidal UV Light in Your House

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

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

This whole-house solution 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 inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even operate for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are notorious for producing ozone.

When thinking over getting a germicidal lamp for your home, it’s important to select one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is fantastic at eliminating odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory problems.

If you’re seeking ways to freshen your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We offer a wide range of solutions to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 805-242-9638 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

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