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Can UV Air Purifiers Benefit Me?

UV-lightIt is certainly possible. However, because of the very specific purpose of UV air purifiers, they are not necessary in every home. For those simply looking to remove pollutants like dust and dirt from the air that they breathe, ultraviolet germicidal lights are not going to be needed. These types of pollutants are removed by air filtration systems and electronic air purifiers. If you are experiencing problems with biological pollutants, however, then UV air purifiers in Fort Collins, CO can help.

Pollutant Removal vs. Pollutant Destruction

Air filters are very basic in their operation. As air passes through the filter, the pollutants in that air are trapped on the filtering media. Electronic air filters typically use an ionization chamber in order to trap charged pollutants on oppositely charged collector plates. Those plates are then removed from the system for easy cleaning. These devices are pollutant removal-based systems.

The issue with removing pollutants from the air, however, is that doing so does not stop living pollutants from continuing to multiply. Biological pollutants, such as viruses, mold, and bacteria, are living microorganisms. If you were just to filter these pollutants out of the air, then they would go on with their biological processes, including reproduction, even as they sat trapped by the filter or air cleaner.

UV air purifiers, on the other hand, are pollutant destruction-based systems. This means that they actually kill the biological pollutants, or at least upset them biologically and leave them incapable of reproducing. Plus, because these microorganisms are so tiny, they can generally pass right through any air filter that would be compatible with most residential HVAC systems anyway.

The UV light emitted by these devices is confined to the ductwork and is in no way harmful to pets or residents in the house. For biological pollutants that could make you and your family ill, though, it proves devastating. Schedule your IAQ services with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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