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Fight Allergies in Longmont with a UV Germicidal Light

Ultraviolet light was initially used to cure tuberculosis. Today, it’s used to help clean hospitals, some foods during processing and even water and air. Because of their effectiveness, germicidal lamps with UV light can also make your Longmont home’s environment healthier.

It can kill mold, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms within 10 seconds of contact. This can lead to relief for people struggling with respiratory conditions such as asthma and seasonal allergies. These lights will sometimes even help your HVAC unit run longer, since they keep parts clean.

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How Does Germicidal UV Light Work?

Ultraviolet lamps are placed inside your ductwork, near your HVAC system, and run constantly. These lamps use ultraviolet radiation and special lightbulbs to alter the DNA of bacteria or viruses.

In as little as 10 seconds, this strong light stops contaminants from spreading throughout your HVAC system and home. Without the ability to reproduce or replicate itself, contaminants will soon die off.

Two studies have shown how efficient UV light is in fighting germs and mold. In 2012, researchers at Duke University Medical Center successfully used it to wipe out 97 percent of drug-resistant bacteria in 50 hospital rooms. And in 2001, researchers found UV light “significantly lowered” mold concentration in a commercial office building’s HVAC equipment.

A germicidal system can also wipe out scents and airborne bioaerosols like pollen or pet dander. It’s not effective against dust, which is best regulated by an air filtration system.

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Is a UV Germicidal Light Safe?

Using UV light in your home is harmless as long as you stick to a couple of basic precautions.

The sun lets off ultraviolet light, which has a shorter wavelength than visible light. It’s responsible for creating painful sunburns. Ongoing overexposure can result in wrinkles, skin cancer and eye problems.

The type of light used in a germicidal system is more powerful, so it’s important to let Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning take care of installation and maintenance. You should never look right at the light or permit bare skin touch it.

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