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How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you know that another variety of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’s air clean?

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

There’s another type of UV light, known as UVC. While direct exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to purify air, water and some surfaces.

Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning uses this light in several of our products to improve air filtration in Odessa homes.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

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

This makes UVC light a strong substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in many disinfection uses, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also applied to sterilize drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to purify air in houses in Odessa. That’s due to the fact it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is put in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams carefully housed while giving powerful disinfection for your home’s air.

Dirty air is purified in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of flowing 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 unit clean.

This whole-house solution is better than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single space. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that may even operate for a longer life span. And, some portable air purifiers are known for creating ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your house, it’s critical to choose one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is good at wiping out odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory troubles.

If you’re trying to find ways to purify your residence’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We sell a broad range of solutions to help your household breathe easier. Contact us at 432-237-0168 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!

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