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How UV Lights Can Help to Keep You Healthy

When the weather outside is less than ideal, we keep the windows and doors shut tightly so that the air conditioner (or heater) can operate as intended. As soon as you open up a window, you let the warm air in that you’re trying desperately to keep out by operating your whole-home air conditioner. The advantages to shutting windows and doors are clear, but there are some downsides as well.

When you keep the air conditioner running and shut all the windows, any contaminants in the home have a chance to recirculate in the air that you breathe, forced out through the vents in the rooms you use every day. Particles in the air may include bacteria and viruses that can make you ill, as well as mold spores that can set off respiratory issues and allergy symptoms.

An isolated point-of-use air purifier system often doesn’t do the trick. It can only clean the air in a single area, and it can’t stop bacteria and viruses from moving back through your air conditioning system. A whole-home system is the best option you have for getting rid of these pollutants, and a UV air purifier targets the small living contaminants that tend to do the most harm.

How It Works

UV lights are installed in the air handler of your heating and air conditioning system (the inside portion). The blower fan sucks air through the return grille, where an air filter traps most of the particles in the air (except for the smallest ones).

As the air passes through the air handler, small microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, mold spores) that move with the air are killed and sterilized. That’s because ultraviolet light has the ability to kill small organic matter on contact (though it won’t do anything to affect your family members).

If you’re considering UV light installation in Richmond Hill, call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. We do a quality job at a fair price!

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