Keeping indoor air quality high is a challenge in Chamblee, GA’s airtight homes. This is especially true when there is poor ventilation. Fortunately, a variety of products can keep indoor air fresh and clean. One such line of products is germicidal UV lamps.

What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

UV light is an invisible form of electromagnetic radiation. It resembles x-rays and radio waves and exists just outside of visible light.

How Many Types of UV Light Are There?

UV light is divided into three categories:

  • UV-A equals about 95 percent of the total light output of the sun. UV-A is used in tanning beds and is thought to cause premature aging and skin wrinkles.
  • UV-B causes sunburn. It damages the DNA of the top layers of the skin. It’s associated with skin cancer.
  • UV-C is the most harmful form of UV light. Fortunately, UV-C light is 100 percent blocked by the earth’s atmosphere.

How Do UV-C Lamps Improve Indoor Air Quality?

UV-C rays are used to incapacitate harmful indoor air pollutants. UV-C destroys cells. It does this by destroying the cell’s nucleic acids and interfering with its DNA. The result is that the cell either dies or is incapacitated.

How Do UV-C Lights Work

In air purifiers, air is sucked into the unit. It’s funneled through a fine filter and forced through an internal area for a dose of UV-C light. UV-C lights can take out a variety of toxins. Some remove organic growth. Others reduce dander, pollen, mites and dust.

Which Indoor Contaminants Do UV Lights Eliminate?

UV lights have been shown in several studies to effectively kill bacteria, viruses, and other organic growth.

To learn more about air purifiers in general and UV-C lamps in particular, visit Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. You can also call us directly at (678) 369-0500 for more information.