The quality of your home’s indoor air can have a significant effect, positive or negative, on your family’s well-being. Poor indoor air can lead to illness and disease, trigger allergy attacks and cause or aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma. Airborne biological contaminants such as viruses, germs, bacteria, fungi and mold spores can easily spread and thrive if not controlled. By adding ultraviolet (UV) lights to your existing air filtration system, you can eliminate these potentially harmful microorganisms from your air and make your home a better environment in which to live.
UV light is an extremely powerful disinfectant. UV lights are commonly used in environments where surface cleanliness and air quality are vitally important, such as in hospitals and operating rooms, food production facilities, and industrial and manufacturing applications. UV light cannot be seen by the unaided human eye, but it’s no less effective for being practically invisible.
Biological contaminants and micro-organisms are destroyed and removed from your air when they are exposed to UV lights. The UV light causes irreparable damage to the organism’s DNA, the fundamental genetic component of living creatures. UV light breaks apart the DNA’s molecular bonds and renders the organisms incapable of reproducing. If these microorganisms cannot reproduce, they cannot establish themselves in your home or your body where they can multiply and cause disease and other ill effects.
Organisms must be directly exposed to UV light for only a few seconds for it to be effective. UV light systems are usually installed within your existing forced-air heating or cooling systems, and placed so that all the air flowing through the system passes under the UV lights. After treatment, the air continues through the HVAC unit and is circulated as usual to heat or cool your home.
Detmer & Sons Inc., serving heating and air conditioning customers in Dayton and the surrounding area, has more than 30 years of experience in HVAC sales, service, and maintenance. Contact us today for more information on UV lights and how they can keep your indoor air clean of potentially harmful pollutants and microorganisms.
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