What Do UV Lights Really Do For Your Indoor Air Quality

April 20, 2015

Air quality cannot be taken for granted. We need to breathe in a large amount of air throughout the day. Our health will suffer if this is full of unwelcome particles. Viruses, fungi and bacteria may find their way into our lungs where they can wreak havoc. These microorganisms are everywhere in the environment. However, this fact should not discourage people from going outside. The interesting thing is that the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA says indoor air pollution is often worse than that of the outdoors. We must tackle the problem head and one of the most effective ways is to use UV lights.

According to studies, ultraviolet light is successful in eliminating most of the germs present in the area where it operates. It is able to break down the DNA or RNA of bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, spores and fungi so that these can no longer harm people. This type of light can be created using specially designed UV lamps. These lamps are placed in strategic locations where the unwanted microorganisms are known to grow and multiply. These include the air ducts and evaporative coils of the HVAC system. It is an excellent way of ensuring that occupants breathe well and stay healthy.

Clean air is particularly valuable to those who are suffering from a respiratory disease or have a strong allergic reaction to certain airborne particles. For this reason, many hospitals, laboratories, public places, and food processing plants have begun to use UV lights as part of their HVAC systems. It is one of the best disinfection techniques as it does not add any chemicals into the air but instead simply clears it of harmful microbes. UV lights lower the incidents of asthma attacks, allergies, tuberculosis, and countless other diseases.

Closing the doors and windows, cleaning the premises regularly, and using air filters are good practices but they are not enough when it comes to airborne disease prevention. Germicidal UV lights have been proven in lab tests to lower microbial levels in the air after they have been installed in the HVAC system.

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