How Germicidal UV Light Works

September 08, 2020

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

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

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

Durable Service uses this light in several of our products to enhance air filtration in Holdrege residences.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This specific wavelength is called “germicidal” because it wipes out the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually perish as they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a mighty substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in a lot of disinfection procedures, like medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to clean drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in houses in Holdrege. That’s since it can also eliminate common indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional advantage for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We install a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its beams safely contained while providing great cleaning for your residence’s air.

Contaminated air is freshened in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light prior to moving around your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still function to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in one room. 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 could even last for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

When considering buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s critical to get one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it can also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory troubles.

If you’re looking for ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Durable Service can help. We have a broad range of products to help your family breathe better. Contact us at 308-995-8177 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!