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What Is UV Radiation, and How Does It Work?

You’ve probably heard us mention UV air purifiers before, and there’s a good reason for this. If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that the air quality of your home is an important thing to consider. Viruses, mold spores, and bacteria can linger in the atmosphere after a sneeze or a cough, and unless you’ve got a powerful air purifier to deal with this issue, you’re always going to be at risk for infection.

Luckily, UV air purifiers work perfectly at this job. And, to make things even more interesting, UV air purifiers in Longboat Key, FL use completely natural processes to eliminate contaminants. With just one blog post, we’re hoping to explain how this type of air purifier works, and why it’s just so powerful!

Just remember that at any point, if an air purifier sounds like a good investment for your home, you call our team for the installation of one.

How a UV Air Purifier Works

Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common. They take air that’s circulating through your home and purify it. This means removing harmful contaminants in the air that would otherwise infect you or make you sick. Different air purifiers do this in different ways, but today we’re going to focus on UV air purifiers.

UV air purifiers use ultraviolet light, which is a special kind of lightbulb that’s mounted in your air ducts. This light uses the same type of radiation that occurs naturally from sunlight, and it can be especially harmful for single-celled organisms. We’ll cover all you need to know about UV radiation down below, but for now, we want to make it clear that it’s harmless for humans and it’s completely natural.

What Is UV Radiation?

UV radiation that comes from a UV air purifier is similar to the UV radiation from the sun. This can be harmful to single-celled organisms like viruses and bacteria for one specific reason.

UV light can penetrate a cell and cause damage to the internal DNA of the nucleus. This can disrupt major life functions like reproduction, which is one of the main ways a virus or bacteriophage infects us. Remember, these kinds of infections require a host to reproduce, and without that reproductive function, a single-celled contaminant can’t really do much. These contaminants basically become harmless to us and ripe for easy clean-up.

Eliminate Contaminants and Odors

Since an air purifier eliminates contaminants and renders them harmless, it also helps reduce odors as well. You might notice a physical difference when you walk into a space that’s treated with an air purifier, like a hospital or an office building, the air might feel clear no matter what is happening inside of that space.

You can help eliminate contaminants and foul odors in your home with the help of a UV air purifier. All you need to do is get in touch with a professional!

Call Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.

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