How Germicidal UV Light Works

September 08, 2020

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) causes painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be used to keep your residence’s air clean?

The sun gives off two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These damaging rays can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

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

YES R&M Inc. uses this light in a few of our solutions to enhance air filtration in Long Beach houses.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This specific wavelength is referred to as “germicidal” as it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens pass through this light, they eventually perish because they can’t multiply.

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

It’s becoming more popular to purify air in residences in Long Beach. That’s due to the fact it can also eliminate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an added benefit for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We put a germicidal UV light within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is put inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with the majority of heating and cooling units. This also keeps its rays securely confined while giving great cleaning for your residence’s air.

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

This whole-house product is greater than a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in one room. Portable air purifiers also can’t purify your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC unit. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that can even run for an extended period of time. And, many portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for producing ozone.

When thinking about adding a germicidal lamp to your residence, it’s critical to choose one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is good at eliminating odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and create other respiratory troubles.

If you’re trying to find ways to purify your residence’s air, the indoor air quality specialists at YES R&M Inc. can help. We offer a broad range of solutions to help your household breathe easier. Contact us at 562-286-6624 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!