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How UV Air Purifiers Work


The air you breathe has a huge impact on your health and well-being. And if you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you spend almost all of your time indoors, breathing indoor air. Unfortunately, indoor air is almost always much more heavily saturated with contaminants than outdoor air. 

Whether you’re concerned about allergens like pollen and dander or pathogens like viruses and bacteria, there’s an answer to your air quality problem: a UV air purifier. What does a UV air purifier do? How does it improve your indoor air quality? It’s really quite simple, but also impressive. We’ll tell you all about it.

Living Things in the Air

Most of the troublesome things that float around in your air, especially those things that can cause allergy symptoms and infect you with illnesses, are biological. They’re tiny organic things, parts of living creatures or whole tiny living creatures. This includes pollen, dander, mold spores, viruses, bacteria, and more. They’re capable of making you sick, but they’re also vulnerable to certain things.

Ultraviolet Light

UV radiation or ultraviolet light, at certain frequencies, is lethal to these tiny organisms. How can light kill pathogens? Well, the DNA of these little guys is held together by proteins. This type of light can denature these proteins, the way heat denatures the proteins in an egg when you cook it. The DNA comes unraveled, and the germs can no longer infect anyone or reproduce.

UV Light and Your Safety

Understandably, this extremely effective germ-killing causes people to be concerned. Will it harm anything larger than a germ? The answer is no. There are two reasons for this. First, people and pets are so much larger and more resilient than single-celled organisms that they’re much harder to harm, especially with light that’s similar to the sun’s radiation. The second reason is the location of the light.

Purifying the Air in Your Ducts

A whole-house air purifier is installed in your ductwork. It simply stays there, tucked away where you won’t ever be exposed to it, and it sanitizes every bit of air that your HVAC system circulates through the ducts. So even those risks that the sun might pose will not be a concern for you. 

Benefits of Purified Air

When the air you breathe has been sanitized by a UV purifier, you’ll experience benefits you might be absolutely stunned by. These include fewer allergy symptoms and asthma attacks, fewer days missing work or school due to illness, fewer headaches and bad moods, and even better sleep at night and more energy during the day.

There’s also the benefit of your home smelling fresh. Now, it’s not pleasant to think about, but any odor your nose can detect is noticeable to you because actual particles are entering your nasal passages. Cat litter, dirty socks, the trash… When your air passes through a purifier, the bacteria causing these smells will be neutralized. Your home will smell great!

If you’re ready to find out how much better your life could be with UV air purifier services in Skokie, IL, we’re ready to help!

Contact ServiceMax with any questions about indoor air quality.

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