Frequently Asked Questions About Germicidal UV Lights

You know that ultraviolet rays are produced by the sun, but did you know this same type of light can be used to purify the air in your home? Read below to learn more about germicidal UV lights and how they can help improve your household air quality.

How do UV lights work?

Disinfecting ultraviolet lights emit UVC rays, which can penetrate bacteria, alter its DNA, and make it unable to reproduce. In fact, when these pathogens try to replicate, they die.

What kind of germs are affected by UV light?

Ultraviolet lamps are effective against virtually all forms of airborne microbes, including cold and flu germs, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mold.

Where are UV lights used?

Sanitizing UV lights were first used in commercial applications such as hospitals, water treatment facilities, and food processing plants. However, they are becoming increasingly common for household use in recent years.

Is UV light harmful to people?

Prolonged, direct exposure to ultraviolet rays is harmful to all living organisms, including people. However, UV lamps are specifically designed with safety in mind, and with professional installation, do not allow for direct exposure.

Where in my home should I put the UV light?

With so much air in our homes, the most effective place to install a UV light is in our HVAC systems. This is the only place in our home which all conditioned air passes through, and is recirculated every 12-15 minutes.

How often do the lamps need replacement?

Ultraviolet lamps can last anywhere from 10,000 – 20,000 hours of continuous use; or up to one to two years.

What kind of maintenance is needed?

UV lights are very low maintenance, only requiring a periodic cleaning about once every three months. This should be done with a cotton cloth or paper towel using alcohol and rubber gloves.

How can I get a UV light in my Virginia home?

If you live in Fairfax County, trust the Air Treatment Company with all of your indoor air quality needs. We offer professional installation of disinfecting UV lights, air filtration systems, humidity control solutions, and more.

Ready to get started with a free consultation? Click here to contact us online, or call (703) 270-0881.

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