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Research shows that one of the most effective ways to promote long-term health is to maintain a high level of indoor air quality within your home. If you’re concerned about the quality of the air inside your home, a filter that provides UV air purification (also known as UVC air purification because it uses short-wavelength UVC) may be a good choice.
UV air filtration employs state-of-the-art ultraviolet light technology to prevent viruses and other microorganisms from reproducing within an indoor space. Ultraviolet light damages the genetic material that controls reproduction inside these organisms and makes impossible for them to reproduce to stop illness-inducing microbes in their tracks. Effective air purification systems combine UV technology with highly effective HEPA filters to remove dust and allergens from the air while also killing germs and other organic microbes.
To learn more about how a UVC air purifier can improve your home’s indoor air quality, call the HVAC experts at AIS Heating & Air Conditioning at (510) 792-4328.
It’s possible that UV light may be able to incapacitate the virus that causes COVID-19. However, a lack of concrete information regarding the wavelength, dose, and duration of UVC needed to sufficiently damage the virus is unclear. What we do know is that UV technology works best when the unwanted microorganisms have prolonged contact with the UV lamp. The longer the virus or other organism is subjected to UV light, the more damage to its ability to reproduce. UV air treatment can be effective in preventing the spread of viruses, but air purifiers with UV lights must be used alongside other disease-prevention methods.
UVC light is commonly used to disinfectant air, water, and nonporous surfaces in healthcare settings. It has also effectively been for many years to reduce the spread of bacteria, which is why UVC light is often referred to as “germicidal” light.
A high-quality HEPA filter does an incredible job of capturing viruses on its own. Research shows they are able to capture over 99.9% of particles smaller than the COVID-19 virus. Research shows that UV lights aren’t a replacement for HEPA filters, but the addition of a UVC light can greatly improve air purification results.
UVC lights are typically installed, by a professional, inside air ducts to disinfect the air in your home. This is the safest way to use UV light, because direct exposure to skin or eyes may cause injuries, much like being out in the sun for too long can cause sunburn. Burns have been reported when improperly installed UVC lamps have allowed UV light to come in contact with skin or eyes.
Schedule a consultation with an AIS Heating & Air Conditioning UVC specialist by calling (510) 792-4328 today.
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