Indoor Air QualityIAQ FAQ: What Are UV Lights?

UV-lightNo, we are not talking about the lights that make your sneakers t-shirts glow at concerts — though the technology is much the same. UV germicidal lights are not used to create a fun atmosphere in one’s home. Instead, they are used to keep the air within that home cleaner and more healthful. If you think that dust and dirt are the only pollutants that you should be concerned with in your home, think again. Biological pollutants can put your health in jeopardy, and using UV germicidal lights in Everett, WA helps to resolve such problems. 

What Are Biological Pollutants?

Biological pollutants is a term covering those pollutants that are biological in nature, including microorganisms such as mold spores, viruses, and bacteria. These pollutants generally cannot simply be filtered out of the air the way that dust or dirt can. This is the case for 2 main reasons. First of all, they are often so small that a filter efficient enough to trap them would not be appropriate for residential use. Secondly, they are capable of reproducing.

When the pollutants are trapped, that does not stop them from growing in numbers further. There is no point in trapping the pollutants if they are still going to thrive. That is why pollutant destruction methods are the better option. UV germicidal lamps emit UV rays that are safe for family members and pets in the house. The rays are confined to the ductwork, regardless. For the aforementioned biological pollutants, though, the effects of the rays are deadly.

The UV radiation disrupts the pollutants at a molecular level. They will either be completely destroyed, rendered incapable of reproduction, or both. These systems are very simple and require very little in the way of maintenance, other than changing out the bulbs as needed. To learn more, give the pros at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric a call.

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