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How Germicidal UV Light Works

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But were you aware that another variety of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

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

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

Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. uses this light in some of our products to improve air filtration in Oxford houses.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

This precise wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually perish as they can’t reproduce.

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

It’s becoming a popular choice to disinfect air in residences in Oxford. That’s due to the fact it can also eliminate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added perk if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Home

We install a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Because the light is set in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling units. This also keeps its rays securely contained while delivering great disinfection for your house’s air.

Dirty air is purified in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light before flowing throughout your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still work to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort system clean.

This whole-house product is superior to a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in a single room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC system. A clean HVAC system is usually a more efficient one that could even run for an extended period of time. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

When thinking over adding a germicidal lamp to your house, it’s important to choose one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is fantastic at eliminating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory issues.

If you’re looking for ways to freshen your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help. We have a large range of solutions to help your household breathe better. Contact us at 662-281-1231 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!

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