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How UV Light Can Clean Your Air

You may hear about ultraviolet (UV) light more often in reference to tanning—or getting a sunburn. But UV light can do a lot of good when it’s not touching your skin. A small amount of UV light can actually kill tiny organisms that float around in your air. Airborne contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and mold spores are no longer harmful with the help of a UV light air purifying system.

Remove Microorganisms from the Air

The typical method of cleaning the air in a home is with an air filter that traps particles as you run your heating and air conditioning systems. Today’s air filters are rated using a MERV system (minimum efficiency reporting value) and a higher MERV means the filter can remove more particles, and smaller ones too. However, the standard home filter is limited in how effective it can be due to the size of the system and the amount of airflow necessary for the HVAC unit to operate.

In other words, you may not be able to achieve the level of filtration necessary to remove some of the smallest of particles, like bacteria and viruses. These microorganisms are some of the most harmful, causing issues for those with severe allergies and asthma and leading to frequent illness as they continue to thrive in the HVAC system and circulate through the home. Luckily, UV light can kill and sterilize these on impact, so they are no longer harmful to your health.

Choose Professionals for Installation

The UV lights in your heating and cooling system can kill and sterilize all of the microscopic living contaminants that happen to move through your ducts. Viruses, bacteria, and mold spores are no match for UV light, as long as you have a professional install them. This will ensure that your UV air purifier is the proper size for your ducts, so that none of the air is able to escape its powerful rays.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. We offer indoor air quality services in Post Falls, ID.

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