How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

September 08, 2020

You probably know that the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV) is to blame for your painful sunburn. But did you realize that another kind of ultraviolet light can be installed to keep your house’s air clean?

The sun emits two types of damaging UV rays, UVA and UVB. These harmful rays can result in sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles and other types of premature aging.

There’s another kind of UV light, known as UVC. While unprotected exposure to this ultraviolet light is bad for your skin or eyes, it can safely be used to clean air, water and various surfaces.

Garoken Energy Co. Inc. uses this light in a few of our products to enhance air filtration in Beaverton residences.

What is an Ultraviolet Light Used For?

This specific wavelength is called “germicidal” since it kills the DNA of bacteria and viruses. When pathogens move through this light, they eventually die as they can’t multiply.

This makes UVC light a strong alternative to chemical disinfection. Germicidal light is employed in lots of disinfection applications, including medical laboratories and hospitals. It’s also employed to sterilize drinking water and other liquids produced in food processing.

It’s becoming a popular choice to disinfect air in houses in Beaverton. That’s due to the fact it can also eradicate typical indoor contaminants including mold, mildew and bacteria. This is an extra advantage if someone in your household has seasonal allergies or asthma.

Installing Germicidal UV Light in Your House

We put a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Since the light is installed inside the ductwork, it makes it compatible with many heating and cooling equipment. This also keeps its beams carefully confined while providing powerful disinfection for your residence’s air.

Dirty air is freshened in a two-step process, first moving through your air filter and then the UV light prior to moving around your house. Even when your heat or air conditioning isn’t operating, these lights still operate to keep your air, ductwork and home comfort unit clean.

This whole-house option is superior to a portable air purifier, which can only clean the air in a single area. Portable air purifiers also can’t clean your ductwork or the innerworkings of your HVAC equipment. A clean HVAC system is often a more efficient one that may even work longer. And, the majority of portable air purifiers have a bad reputation for producing ozone.

When considering adding a germicidal lamp to your house, it’s important to select one that doesn’t create ozone. While ozone is great at wiping out odors and chemicals, it may also irritate your lungs and cause other respiratory troubles.

If you’re trying to find ways to freshen your house’s air, the indoor air quality experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. can help. We have a large range of solutions to help your household breathe better. Contact us at 503-374-1934 to set up a free, no-obligation home comfort analysis and estimate today!