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How Do UV Germicidal Lights Work?

Sunlight has long been known to kill problematic organisms such as mold and mildew. But there are several different types of light that emit from the sun, and each type of ray has its own effect on organisms. UV light, also known as ultraviolet light, is actually a type of electromagnetic radiation that can help eliminate germs entirely without the side effects of harsh chemical disinfectants. So how can UV germicidal lights help your air conditioner in San Antonio? It’s in the nature of how the lights work.

What Is UV Germicidal Light?

As mentioned above, UV light is electromagnetic radiation from the sun; the most harmful UV rays are screened out by the Earth’s atmosphere. UV light is divided into 3 classifications: UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. Each can damage organisms, but it is the UV-C light that is classified as “germicidal”.

How Do UV Germicidal Lights Work?

UV-C light can destroy a great number of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, mold spores and allergens. It irrevocably damages the organism’s DNA. The damage caused by the UV-C light destroys the organism’s ability to both replicate and create life-sustaining proteins. The end result is that the organism can no longer reproduce or survive.

Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights 

  • Kills germs
  • Helps eliminate odors
  • Stops mold and bacteria growth
  • Destroys volatile organic compounds
  • Generates negative hydroxyl ions

Placement

UV germicidal lights can be placed different areas of your air conditioning system:

  • Over evaporator coils
  • Inside air ducts

When placed over the evaporator coils in your system, UV germicidal lights eliminate growths like mold, mildew, algae and gel formations. In your ductwork, microbes like bacteria, viruses and allergens are destroyed before they can enter through the vents.

Ready to Shine Some Light on Germs?

UV germicidal lights kill over 99% of micro-organisms. If you have concerns about germs, mold growth, bacteria and allergens, it may be time to consider what a UV germicidal light can do for your home.

Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule and appointment to discuss having UV germicidal lights in your San Antonio home.

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