Whether you frequent the Jersey Shore or LBI each summer, it’s pretty likely you know the hazards of UV rays. These days, you’ll even see ocean swimmers (many of them, children) who look fully dressed because they are covering almost all of their skin with UV-protectant fabrics. Even if you never venture beyond your front door, it’s probable you’ve heard about the negatives of UV ray exposure. Whether it’s in articles on swim apparel, anti-aging make-up commercials or sunblock ads.
So you might be surprised to find out that UV rays are actually amazing at cleaning up the air!
The problematic UV rays that we’re taught to protect ourselves against are UV-A and UV-B. These are what burn you and cause damage to your skin. There’s a third kind of UV ray, though: UV-C. UV-C rays can’t pass through human skin to cause damage or cancer. What they can do, however, is kill germs.
When something this powerful can be used for good, it’s an all-around win.
UV Rays To The Air Purification Rescue
Just like UV rays from the sun can bleach and kill living things, used in tandem with air purification, UV rays offer you an indoor air quality solution that makes sleeping and breathing at home easier and that protects vulnerable family members from the harmful viruses and bacteria that can float around in a home’s recycled air.
According to the indoor air quality experts at the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor pollutants can sometimes be up to 100 times worse than outdoor pollutants! In addition, dust and skin cells can be released into the air simply by sitting on a couch. Even walking across the floor can send dirt from that floor directly into your air system.
But what about filters, you may wonder. Don’t they protect us from bad stuff in the air? Filters can absolutely block certain elements from traveling back into your home’s air circulation. But purifying UV lights not only catch germs and viruses in your air, but they kill bacteria on your duct surfaces to end the cycle of bacteria growth.