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What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782-me How do they work and what are the benefits to installing one in your home? Read on for the answers.

Colds in the Winter, and the Summer Too

Winter is cold season, and we’re not exempt from it just because we live in a warm climate. And colds and bugs can strike year ’round too. Winter colds often spread from people going out of town for the holidays, and bringing back bugs they picked up and their friends or family, or even from contact with a stranger at the airport. That can affect you even if you stayed home for the holidays, since friends and coworkers can bring it back and it can spread throughout the first few months of the year.

Summers are just as bad on that front. The Inland Empire is essentially a desert, which means hot, dry air in the summer months. That can dry out your sinuses, which leave you more vulnerable to colds and germs. We also tend to keep our homes shut tight in the summer months to retain cool air generated by our air conditioners: a smart move that nevertheless helps germs circulate in your home.

How Do UV Lights Help?

If you’ve ever been on Space Mountain at Disneyland, you’ve seen UV lights — or blacklights — in action. They’re what make your white clothes glow in the dark. We can’t see ultraviolet light, but it can affect us nonetheless. And while UV lights are perfectly safe for humans, pets and even insects, they’re absolutely lethal to germs and viruses. Just coming into contact with the light will either kill them instantly or fuse their DNA, rendering them incapable of replicating.

A UV air purifier simply makes use of that fact to keep your home free of germs. The UV light stretches across the apex of your ducts, forming an impenetrable barrier that the germs and viruses in the air will pass through as your heater or air conditioner runs. When they do, they’re killed or rendered inert. This happens every time you turn your HVAC system on, ensuring that you always have a level of protection for your home. Your air will feel fresher, and you’ll find instances of illness in your family diminishing a great deal.

The system can be set up very quickly by a trained professional, and since it has few moving parts, it can stand up to years and years of constant use. So long as you periodically replace the lightbulbs, a UV filter can be counted on to keep your family happier and healthier for a good long time.

If you’re a homeowner in Ontario, CA, and you think a UV germicidal light is a good fit for your family, then call on Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to perform the installation the right way!

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