UV Light Treatment 101: How It Works and What It Does

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You’ve heard many facts and opinions about pollution and its impact on the environment. By now, you already know that contamination in the air doesn’t just harm the ecosystem-it can impact everyone on Earth.

So to keep you and those around you safe from smog, smoke, etc., you invest in air purifiers, humidifiers, and other machines to produce clean air and a comfortable environment.

Despite your best efforts to clean the air inside your home or office, you still notice mold on the walls. Or perhaps a family member becomes ill out of the blue. You wonder what could cause these situations to occur. And since you clean with Clorox, Lysol, or various disinfectants, your home or office can’t be the culprit.

But did you know that the air inside your house, office, and other buildings can make you sick? In fact, the EPA reported that air inside a building contains 5 times-and even up to 100 times-more pollutants and contaminants than the air outside.

Even though you use air purifiers to clean the air, your house or work place still holds microscopic allergens, mold and mildew spores, bacteria, germs, viruses, etc. that your filters can’t trap. You want to rid the air of these impurities, so why not consider UV light treatment? Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this process and how it purifies inside air.

The Basics of UV Light

“UV light” sounds like a familiar term. That’s because this technology uses the same form of UV light the sun emits. The sun produces three kinds of waves: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. Each wave contains different levels of radiation and can cause various side effects, depending on which rays you expose yourself to.

UV purifiers produce UV-C waves to kill microorganisms that float in the air. If you’ve read about UV-C rays before, then you know that these rays are the highest and most potent of all UV rays. You might feel concerned about using UV purifiers in your home, but don’t fear.

This new purification technology only releases levels of UV-C rays that damage bacteria and germs. These safe amounts of radiation won’t harm you and those inside your home or office. Lights that produce UV-C light only discharge short wavelengths of light-254 nanometers, to be exact. So even though you have these rays indoors, you won’t expose yourself to any danger.

How UV Light Purifies Inside Air

Before you decide to install a UV light treatment system into your home or office, you’ll probably want to understand how this process works.

An HVAC technician or electrician will come to your home and look for the ideal location for your new purifier. Usually, he or she will install a CAPS filter into your current HVAC unit (typically in the coils, ductwork, or another discrete area). Once your HVAC specialist fits the filter into place, he or she turns on the device. The light inside this filter will then continuously emit UV-C rays to disinfect the air.

The CAPS filter will trap the microorganisms we listed earlier in this article. Then, the UV light damages or sterilizes the different spores and bacteria so that they can’t reproduce and grow.

Fortunately, UV-C rays can penetrate a microorganism’s DNA, which means that germs no longer pose a threat if you inhale them. Studies have even shown that up to 50% of the airborne spores inactivate within the first 45 minutes of purification.

And since these impotent germs can’t breed, your home or office won’t house as many types of germs or bacteria. As a result, you and others won’t become ill or suffer from allergens as easily.

Benefits of UV Light Treatment

When you install a UV light treatment system into your home, office, or another building, you can experience several advantages.

This purification method does the following:

  • Destroys up to 87% of airborne bacteria
  • Eradicates up to 99.9% of mold spores
  • Improves your overall health
  • Lowers electricity and maintenance costs
  • Maintains your HVAC system’s airflow and efficiency
  • Prevents algae growth
  • Reduces odors and smells in your building
  • Shrinks likelihood for clogging in drain lines
  • Stops germ recirculation through the air

According to recent studies, UV air purifiers have successfully reduced respiratory issues, allergies, and other health problems in many individuals.

Because of these accomplishments, hospitals, office buildings, and other public areas now use UV light purifiers to maintain a healthier environment. Many of these locations have also reported fewer work-related illnesses and breathing problems. So why not partake of these amazing benefits?

Upgrade the air quality in your home or place of business to experience these advantages. If you would like to discuss your options for UV light treatment, call All American Air & Electric in North Central Florida at 352-629-1211 or in Treasure Coast at 772-878-5143. And as you make this change, remember the benefits that this remedy provides you and those inside your edifice.