During the winter months of the year, viruses that cause influenza, the common cold, and other illnesses circulate through the air in your home. With every cough or sneeze, these germs become airborne. Just talking, laughing or singing can release aerosol droplets laden with germs. One way you can reduce the number of airborne pathogens in your home is to install a UV light for air purification. Here’s what you need to know about how they work and how effective they are at making your home’s air healthier.

What UV Lights Do

UV-C light bulbs shine at a wavelength of 207 to 222 nanometers. According to Nature, a UV-C lamp installed in your home’s heating and cooling system or in strategic places in your home can get rid of 99.9% of viruses within 25 minutes. This type of UV light isn’t harmful to your eyes or skin, and it’s also safe for your pets.

Where UV Lights Can Be Installed

There are several indoor air quality solutions that use UV-C lights. Tripods and stand-alone units can be placed on the floor or on a surface in your home. The air currents created by your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system push air past the light. The light kills any germs passing through it. There are also whole-home air purifiers that involve the installation of a UV light in your home’s air handler or ducts.

Who Should Consider a Germicidal UV Light

Everyone can benefit from the germicidal properties of UV-C light bulbs. If anyone in your home has a respiratory disorder or immune suppression, they’re at risk of complications if they get sick with something as simple as the common cold. Households with babies and senior citizens also benefit from UV-C lights.

For more details about how UV light can help reduce airborne pathogens in your home, take a look at Total Heating & Cooling, Inc.’s indoor air quality solutions, or get in touch with us any time.

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