How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But were you aware that a different type of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your home’s air clean?

The sun lets off two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These dangerous rays can result in sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

There’s another variety of UV light, called UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to disinfect air, water and some surfaces.

Air Service Co. uses this light in some of our products to enhance air filtration in Muldrow homes.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

This specific wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” because it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens pass through this light, they eventually cease to exist because they can’t reproduce.

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

It’s becoming more popular to freshen air in houses in Muldrow. That’s since it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional perk for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

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 many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams securely restricted while providing strong purification for your home’s air.

Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of spreading across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still work to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house product is greater than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single space. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that can even last for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for making ozone.

When considering getting a germicidal lamp for your home, it’s important to get one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking approaches to purify your house’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Air Service Co. can help. We have a wide range of products to help your household breathe more easily. Contact us at 918-212-8943 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!