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When Are UV Air Purifiers Necessary?

Many homeowners will find that using good air filters or a designated air filtration system is enough to keep their indoor air quality at a high level. Air filtration does have its limitations, though. If you are having trouble with biological pollutants in your home, you will be better served by pollutant destruction based air purifiers.

This is when you are going to want to use UV air purifiers in Des Moines, IA. UV air purifiers, such as UV germicidal lights, are relatively simple in design and operation. They do still require professional installation and servicing, though, so be sure to dial our number if you are ready to schedule service. 

Removal vs. Destruction

When you have problems with dirt, dust, and other airborne pollutants in your home, it is enough to trap those pollutants on a filtering media. However, removing pollutants really is not going to cut it when dealing with biological pollutants, such as viruses, bacteria, and even mold spores. This is due to the fact that such pollutants are actually living organisms.

As living organisms, the biological pollutants you are dealing with in your home are capable of reproduction. It doesn’t matter if they are trapped by filters or not; they can continue to multiply. That is why destroying them is the way to go. Enter the UV light!

UV germicidal lights are installed in ductwork, typically near one’s air handler. Emitting small amounts of UV radiation — completely harmless to people and pets, of course, and confined to the ductwork regardless — these lights are able to disrupt the pollutants at the DNA level. That means that they are not only destroyed, but also rendered incapable of creating more pollutants. Just remember that these lights won’t remove other pollutants, so they should be used in conjunction with basic air filtration equipment.

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