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Should I Be Using UV Germicidal Lights?

UV-lightThe answer to the question posed in the title of this blog is—maybe. We’d love to give you a solid answer right off the bat, but not every home is going to require the use of UV germicidal lights. Those that could stand to benefit from the use of such devices, however, stand to benefit greatly. So how can you tell if using UV germicidal lights in Washington, D.C. is the right move for your home?

We can help you with that. There are plenty of warning signs that can indicate the need for UV air purification. Read on to learn more about these warning signs, as well as how UV germicidal lights actually operate. If and when you decide to integrate a UV air purifier into your home comfort system, remember to schedule the service with our team.

How Do They Work?

UV germicidal lights are not used to target the same type of pollutants that air filters or electronic air purifiers do. Instead of removing dust and dirt from the air, UV germicidal lights will destroy the biological pollutants that threaten your health and that of everyone else in your home. They do this simply by hitting these pollutants with ultraviolet light rays. Yes, the same light rays that give us sunburns can disrupt these pollutants at a biological level, rendering them incapable of reproduction and/or killing them outright. The lights are safe for multicellular organisms, and are entirely confined to the ducts anyway.

Who Needs Them?

If you have a lot of dust or pet dander floating around in the air in your home, then you do not necessarily need UV germicidal lights. If you or anyone in your home is frequently ill, has aggravated allergy or asthma symptoms, or notices mold growth in the house, though, UV germicidal lights may be a good idea. When it comes to indoor air quality, a multi-pronged approach is typically best. UV air purifiers should be used in conjunction with, not in place of, more standard air filters or purifiers.

Schedule your IAQ services with Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.

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