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How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

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

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

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

Lycoming Heating Company uses this light in a few of our solutions to boost air filtration in Williamsport homes.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This specific wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” because it wipes out the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually die since they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a mighty substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is used in many disinfection procedures, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also applied to sterilize drinking water and other liquids made in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to freshen air in residences in Williamsport. That’s since it can also wipe out common indoor contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We put a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is set in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling systems. This also keeps its beams securely contained while providing powerful purification for your home’s air.

Contaminated air is cleaned in a two-step process, first flowing through your air filter and then the UV light before flowing across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t on, these lights still run to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house solution is better than a portable air purifier, which is restricted to cleaning the air in a lone room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even operate for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers are known for producing ozone.

When considering buying a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s essential to select one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at eliminating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory symptoms.

If you’re looking for ways to clean your home’s air, the indoor air quality professionals at Lycoming Heating Company can help. We have a broad range of products to help your family breathe more easily. Contact us at 570-244-2510 to schedule a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!

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