How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

How Do UVC Air Purifiers Work?

September 08, 2020

You likely are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you know that a different type of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your residence’s air clean?

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

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

Bell Air Conditioning Inc uses this light in several of our systems to boost air filtration in Temple/Belton residences.

Applications for Ultraviolet Light

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 as they can’t multiply.

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

It’s becoming more popular to purify air in residences in Temple/Belton. That’s because it can also wipe out common indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is installed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its light securely contained while delivering strong disinfection for your house’s air.

Filthy air is cleaned in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light prior to moving throughout your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house option is better than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in one area. 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 operate for a longer life span. And, the majority of portable air purifiers are known for creating ozone.

When thinking about getting a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s essential to choose one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory issues.

If you’re seeking ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality pros at Bell Air Conditioning Inc can help. We offer a wide range of solutions to help your family breathe more easily. Contact us at 254-307-9572 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!