How Germicidal UV Light Works

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you know that another kind of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your home’s air clean?

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

There’s another concentration of UV light, referred to as UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to purify air, water and certain surfaces.

Total Comfort uses this light in several of our products to enhance air filtration in Franklin Lakes homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This distinct wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” because it kills the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually die as they can’t spread.

This makes UVC light a mighty alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is applied in a lot of disinfection procedures, such as medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to purify drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s becoming more popular to disinfect air in houses in Franklin Lakes. That’s since it can also wipe out frequent indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an additional benefit if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Having Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We put a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. As the light is put inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its beams safely housed while giving powerful cleaning for your residence’s air.

Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light before flowing around your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still function to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house product is greater than a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in a single room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that may even last longer. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for creating ozone.

When thinking over buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s essential to get one that doesn’t make ozone. While ozone is great at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it might also irritate your lungs and lead to other respiratory troubles.

If you’re seeking methods to clean your house’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at Total Comfort can help. We offer a broad range of solutions to help your family breathe easier. Contact us at 201-268-5663 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate now!