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How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But were you aware that another kind 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 damaging 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 isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to disinfect air, water and certain surfaces.

Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. uses this light in several of our systems to enhance air filtration in West Columbia homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

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

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in residences in West Columbia. That’s because it can also wipe out common indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added advantage for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Installing Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its rays securely confined while giving great purification for your home’s air.

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

This whole-house product is superior to a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that may even operate for an extended period of time. And, some portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your house, it’s critical to look for one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory problems.

If you’re trying to find ways to freshen your residence’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help. We offer a large range of options to help your household breathe better. Contact us at 803-265-4208 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!

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