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Is UV Light for My AC or Furnace Worth It?

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

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

There’s another kind of UV light, referred to as UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be applied to disinfect air, water and certain surfaces.

Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc uses this light in some of our systems to boost air filtration in Wisconsin Rapids homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

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

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

It’s growing in popularity to disinfect air in residences in Wisconsin Rapids. That’s because it can also eliminate typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional perk for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

How to Use Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set within the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling units. This also keeps its light securely contained while giving strong cleaning for your home’s air.

Contaminated air is freshened in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light in advance of spreading across your residence. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still run to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house product is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in one room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the inside of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even run for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers are known for producing ozone.

When thinking over getting a germicidal lamp for your home, it’s essential to get one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at wiping out odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory issues.

If you’re seeking methods to clean your home’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can help. We have a broad range of options to help your loved ones breathe more easily. Contact us at 715-301-0256 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

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