How Germicidal UV Light Works

September 08, 2020

Perhaps you realize that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be useful for keeping your home’s air clean?

The sun emits two types of harmful UV rays, UVA and UVB. These harmful rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.

There’s another kind of UV light, called UVC. While full exposure to this ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to disinfect air, water and certain surfaces.

Jent Mechanical LLC uses this light in a few of our solutions to better air filtration in Dayton residences.

How Ultraviolet Light is Used

This specific wavelength is classified as “germicidal” as it eradicates the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually cease to exist since they can’t reproduce.

This makes UVC light a powerful substitute to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in lots of disinfection procedures, such as medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also used to clean drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s growing in popularity to purify air in homes in Dayton. That’s due to the fact it can also wipe out typical indoor contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra benefit for loved ones who deal with seasonal allergies or asthma.

Uses for Germicidal UV Light in Your Residence

We put a germicidal UV light inside your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is installed in the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams safely confined while providing powerful disinfection for your residence’s air.

Filthy air is purified in a two-step process, first traveling through your air filter and then the UV light before circulating across your home. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t running, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort equipment clean.

This whole-house product is greater than a portable air purifier, which is limited to cleaning the air in one room. Portable air purifiers also can’t freshen your ductwork or the interior of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is typically a more efficient one that could even last for a longer life span. And, many portable air purifiers are notorious for creating ozone.

When thinking about getting a germicidal lamp for your house, it’s critical to buy one that doesn’t produce ozone. While ozone is good at getting rid of odors and chemicals, it could also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory issues.

If you’re looking for ways to purify your home’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Jent Mechanical LLC can help. We sell a broad range of solutions to help your loved ones breathe easier. Contact us at 937-845-1111 to request a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate right away!