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 useful for keeping your residence’s air clean?
The sun emits two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.
There’s another concentration of UV light, known as UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light is harmful for your skin or eyes, it can safely be utilized to purify air, water and some surfaces.
Halverson Brothers Inc uses this light in some of our systems to better air filtration in Menomonie and western Wisconsin residences.
Applications for Ultraviolet Light
This specific wavelength is classified as “germicidal” because it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually cease to exist since they can’t reproduce.
This makes UVC light a strong alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in a lot of disinfection uses, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to sterilize drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.
It’s becoming more popular to purify air in homes in Menomonie and western Wisconsin. That’s because it can also eliminate frequent indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.
Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Home
We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is placed within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its beams safely restricted while providing great cleaning for your house’s air.
Filthy air is freshened in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light before moving throughout your residence. 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 solution is superior to a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even work for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.
When considering getting a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s essential to buy one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory problems.
If you’re looking for ways to clean your residence’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Halverson Brothers Inc can help. We have a wide range of options to help your family breathe better. Contact us at 715-352-4052 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!