How Does a UV Air Purifier Work?

Here in La Habra, CA, indoor air quality often takes a back seat to air conditioning. Our summers are hot and you need a quality air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. But indoor air quality—particularly the presence of germs and biological contaminants—is almost as much of a problem, and without taking steps to combat it, all the cool temperatures in the world won’t help you. This is particularly true if you have a newborn baby in the household, if you have an elderly family member or if anyone in your household suffers from asthma or similar conditions. The answer is a UV air purifier, which serves as a ferocious first line of defense against all kinds of biological contamination. How does it work? Here’s a quick breakdown.

UV Light

UV stands for ultraviolet, a wavelength of light that we can’t detect with the naked eye. It’s often used in dark rides at amusement parks, and at places like rock concerts. If you’ve ever seen your white shirt glowing on a Disneyland ride, you’re in the presence of a UV light. It’s perfectly safe for humans and higher forms of life (i.e., pets). For germs, bacteria, and biological contaminants, however, it’s absolutely lethal: striking at their DNA and rendering then unable to replicate.

How It Works

A UV air purifier is basically a UV light bulb that sends a field of light across the apex of your ducts. That forms an impenetrable field which various creepy-crawlies must pass through as the air circulates through your system. As the air conditioner runs, the air is “scrubbed” clean of contaminants, lowering the risk of illness in your home and helping the air feel fresher overall.

If a UV air purifier sounds like a good fit for your home, then call JC Mechanical today to talk about installation!

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