How Germicidal UV Light Works

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you realize that another variety of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

The sun emits 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 kind of UV light, called UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to disinfect air, water and some surfaces.

J & J Air Conditioning uses this light in several of our products to enhance air filtration in Eastland houses.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This precise wavelength is called “germicidal” since it destroys the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens travel through this light, they eventually cease to exist as they can’t multiply.

This makes UVC light a mighty substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in many disinfection applications, such as medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also applied to clean drinking water and other liquids created in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to purify air in homes in Eastland. That’s since it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Installing Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We install a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is installed inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with most heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its light safely confined while giving great disinfection for your residence’s air.

Filthy air is purified in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light prior to circulating throughout your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still run 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 lone space. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even run for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are known for making ozone.

When considering getting a germicidal lamp for your home, it’s essential to look for one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is great at eradicating odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re trying to find ways to freshen your home’s air, the indoor air quality pros at J & J Air Conditioning can help. We offer a wide range of products to help your loved ones breathe easier. Contact us at 254-355-3833 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!