Stop the Spread of Germs; Purify the AirMany of us spend the majority of our time indoors. What many don’t realize is the quality of the air inside your home (according to the US Environmental Protection Agency) is often 2 to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.
When your heating and cooling system is running, it acts as the catalyst for recirculating the air throughout your home - the air that can contain allergens and contaminants like pet dander, mold, dust, gases, odors, bacteria and viruses.
Especially during the colder months when we spend less time outdoors and more time inside where it’s warm, we’re at more of a risk for contracting airborne illnesses like the dreaded seasonal cold or flu.
While many of us know it’s important to practice healthy habits including regularly washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, even these efforts sometimes aren’t enough. If you’re breathing air that is contaminated with the cold and flu virus or bacterial pneumonia, your chances for infection are significantly increased.
So what can you do?
The best way to keep the air clear is to stop the germs from spreading. Outside in nature, this happens through ionization and UV energy from the sun. UV light has been proven for decades to effectively disinfect air, surfaces and water. By understanding the benefits of UV energy, this same principal has been applied for use in hospitals, labs, nursing homes, schools, office buildings and even residential settings.
By installing UV germicidal lamps in your central HVAC system you can reduce your risk of getting sick. Germicidal UV lamps eliminate the germs that traditional and HEPA air filtration cannot. Microorganisms like the cold and flu virus are too small to be trapped by these methods of filtration. Ultraviolet energy, at the right wavelength, is lethal to viruses, bacteria and mold spores of any size. Microorganisms are killed or damaged when they pass by the light and are exposed to the UV energy produced by the lamp. Essentially, when the microorganisms are exposed to the light, the genetic material of the microorganism is deconstructed and prevented them from reproducing – rendering it harmless.
What are the benefits of using a germicidal UV lamp?
When a germicidal UV lamp is properly installed, your indoor air quality will be significantly better and you will be healthier. Using ultraviolet technology is a safe and effective non-chemical approach to air purification. Once the lamp is installed, it requires very low maintenance.
While UV lamps are effective, it is important to continue using an air filter with your HVAC system. They are important for trapping larger particulates like dust and pet hair that can trigger allergy and/or asthma symptoms and significantly affect the efficiency of your heating or cooling unit.
To learn more about UV germicidal lamps or other methods and products for improving your indoor air quality, contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning online today!