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Can UV Lights Help with Allergies?

Managing allergies during the spring and summer can be a full-time job, and if your air conditioner or HVAC system doesn’t have upgrades to help you with them, there may be days where you feel like you just can’t get any relief indoors or out. There are a number of indoor air quality products that can help with indoor air quality, but when it comes to removing biological contaminants, you’ll want to look at UV germicidal lights. These lights don’t just remove biological contaminants, they eradicate them. Why does this matter to y our allergies? Let’s take a look.

Common Biological Allergens

You may not realize it, but there are a number of common allergens that are biological in nature:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Fungi
  • Pet dander
  • Certain types of pollens

Why does this matter when it comes to UV lighting? Because UV lighting works solely on biological contaminants.

How UV Lighting Works

UV lighting works by emitting UV-C rays that kink the DNA in cells while also destroying the life-sustaining proteins of that cell. This 1-2 punch does two things: stops the organism from reproducing while also killing it off. The result is total eradication of the organism. However, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding UV lighting. First, the lights do not draw objects to them; UV lights are stationary, so for an organism to be affected, it must pass under the lights. Second, UV lights do not capture or contain any kind of contaminants. As such, they are ineffective against particles like dust and dirt.

Combing UV Lights with Another IAQ Product

The best way to maximize UV lighting to help clear allergens from your home is to pair it with an air cleaner or air filtration system. The UV lights will take care of the biological allergen particles and the air cleaner or filter will take care of the rest!

If you are an allergy sufferer or have allergy sufferers in your home, call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today and see what UV lighting can do for your home in Stamford, CT.

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