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Keep Air Clean with a UV Purifier

Germs and viruses are a part of life, and with spring here in Bloomington, CA those contaminants are raging across the Inland Empire. It can be bad no matter who you are, but households with infants, the elderly, and asthmatic family members are particularly vulnerable. How can you protect yourself from germs and bacteria? It’s not like putting up a Keep Out sign will help. Thankfully, you have options with indoor air quality devices, and when properly installed by a trained technician, they can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. A UV air purifier, in particular, can be a great boon to keeping your home healthy and clean. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works.

Ultraviolet

If you’ve ever been on the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland, you’ve seen UV lights in action. They help make parts of the set glow in the dark, as well as making your white clothes glow. (That’s the ultraviolet light interacting with the chemicals in your laundry detergent.) We can’t see light on the ultraviolet spectrum, but rides like Peter Pan show us it’s there. And while those kinds of light are harmless to human beings and pets, they’re absolutely lethal to one-celled organisms like germs.

Forcing Them Through

Naturally, you can’t simply shine a UV light over your entire house to kill the germs. Instead, a UV air purifier plants the light at the apex to your ducts, where the air circulates through when your heater or air conditioner is running. As the air moves, it passes through a sheet of UV light running across the width of your ducts. Germs caught within it are either killed or rendered incapable of reproducing, and as your HVAC system runs, it gradually scrubs your household air clean of any biological contaminants.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air can install and repair UV air purifiers!

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