UV light sales are on the rise. Should they be?

Closeup of a blue UV light

UV lights are used in hospitals and medical facilities and have been for decades. Why? Because they emit a frequency that stops microbial growth and helps prevent contagious diseases. Studies have shown this frequency destroys bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses. It has also been used to safely sterilize air, water, and food, without the use of chemicals.

Those who suffer from mold allergies, asthma, or who simply want a more sterile and improved air quality, could benefit from UV lights. At Sunshine Plumbing, Heating and Air, we have been installing UV light systems in air ducts for years for exactly these reasons.

When UV light is in your duct system, it stops mold growth, unlike air filters, which work to reduce air particles. The light shines on ductwork and coils, changing the environment from its normal dark and damp state, to one where microorganisms aren’t able to reproduce.

Nasal allergies, asthma, and even cancers from mycotoxin exposure can be reduced by using UV light to reduce germ contamination in air ducts.

How are UV light systems different than air purifiers?

UV light kills viruses, bacteria and mold by damaging their ability to reproduce and grow. Air purifiers simply filter the air.

A whole home UV light can improve the air quality of the entire house rather than just an area, like a single air purifier does.

Isn’t UV light dangerous for humans?

Hospitals and other facilities that use UV light do so in unoccupied rooms – such as before or after medical procedures. UV light can be damaging to skin and eyes, but a UV light installed in the air ducts is meant to shine on surfaces, not on humans. The type of UV matters – and the ones installed in your duct systems are designed to kill germs in the air, and is safe and effective.

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If you’d like to know more about UV light air purifiers in your duct system, call Sunshine Plumbing Heating Air for a quote and options today.