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.
Yes! Air purifiers are a great way to reduce the amount of contaminants in your air including pollen, smoke, dust and other common allergens. However, adding UV light can give you even more protection. Air purifiers with UV light can help to get rid of germs, bacteria and viruses in your air. This can help to protect you from getting sick, reduce your allergy symptoms and can even improve the quality of your sleep.
UV purifiers can get rid of a number of contaminants in your air, including viruses. Some other common contaminants UV air purifiers can help to get rid of include bacteria, germs and mold. Along with protecting you from getting sick, UV air purifiers can make your air more comfortable to breathe, improve the quality of your sleep, lessen allergy and asthma symptoms and can even neutralize odors in your home.
Air purifiers work by filtering the air in your home and trapping any contaminants in the air. Some common contaminants like dust, mold, smoke, pollen and pet dander can irritate allergies and asthma, so getting rid of these contaminants can help to alleviate your symptoms. However, to get rid of the germs, bacteria and viruses in your air that can make you sick, you will need a UV air purifier.
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.
Questions about how UV rays can impact the safety of your family’s air? Call Edison Heating & Cooling at 732-372-7161 or request service online now.