How Germicidal UV Light Works

September 08, 2020

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 home’s air clean?

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

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

HCE Systems Inc uses this light in some of our products to boost air filtration in Norton homes.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This precise wavelength is classified as “germicidal” since it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually die since they can’t reproduce.

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

It’s becoming more popular to purify air in residences in Norton. That’s because it can also eradicate common indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional benefit for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We install a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is put inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its light safely restricted while delivering great purification for your residence’s air.

Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light prior to circulating across your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house solution is superior to a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in one area. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that can even run for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

When thinking about adding a germicidal lamp to your residence, it’s essential to select one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory problems.

If you’re trying to find approaches to purify your residence’s air, the indoor air quality experts at HCE Systems Inc can help. We offer a broad range of options to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 276-302-0076 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!