Do you ever think about the air quality in your home, and the possible threat of mico-organisms to you and your family? Poor quality indoor air counts as one of the top five environmental health risks, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But there are steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home, such as installing UV (ultraviolet) lights in your HVAC system. UV lights work to destroy airborne bacteria and viruses, and reduce the risk of molds and mildew that cause allergies – meaning better air quality for you and your family.
What Are UV lights?
UV light rays are invisible to the human eye, as they travel via short wavelengths in a form of radiation that’s not dissimilar to the rays given off by the sun or from tanning beds. But not all UV light is dangerous, and it can have a lot of productive uses, including destroying live pollutants via air purifiers installed in your home.
How Do They Work?
Ultraviolet lights work best when combined with high-efficiency air filters. While the UV lights will attack and neutralize living organisms in your air, high-efficiency filters are needed to remove non-living dirt and debris from your indoor air. This two-pronged strategy is the best way to provide clean and healthy air to your family.
UV light works by altering the molecular bonds in a microbe’s DNA. They are in turn broken up so that the cells are unable to reproduce, rendering them harmless. Household bacteria enter the area, known as the “kill zone,” and are quickly destroyed. The threat is removed and you have peace of mind that your home is safe.
Installing UV Lights
It’s relatively simple and inexpensive to install UV lights, and research by the federal EPA has proven that they can greatly reduce molds, bacteria and other viruses when effectively installed in your home.
For more information on achieving better air quality in your Dayton area home, contact Detmer & Sons, Inc.
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