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Why Have UV Germicidal Lights Installed?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Our winter weather is not nearly as extreme as in other parts of the country, obviously, but temperatures do cool down during the season. In order to live comfortably when temperatures cool off, you need to have a good heater installed in your home. You’d be remiss, though, to overlook the importance of your indoor air quality throughout the winter months. When you have air of a subpar quality filling your home, you are at a higher risk of illness and allergy symptoms. Air filters are a good start on the path toward better air quality, but do little to combat biological pollutants. That’s why you may want to use UV germicidal lights in Tampa, FL. Contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling to have yours installed by a qualified professional.

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Will UV Germicidal Lights Benefit Me?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Living in total comfort is a goal that all homeowners share. Unfortunately, the quality of the air within the home is a facet of the overall comfort therein which is often overlooked. It is simply not enough to effectively heat and cool one’s living space; the quality of the air throughout that living space must also be maintained at a high level. For some homeowners, this necessitates the use of UV germicidal lights in Tampa, FL. Not every home will necessarily benefit from the use of such devices, though, which is why we have put together some information regarding UV germicidal lights and their uses for you to review. If you suspect that such devices could benefit you in your living space, schedule service with the pros here at IERNA’s Heating & Cooling.

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How an Ultraviolet Light Works in Your Home

Monday, September 29th, 2014

If you have concerns about biological contaminants in your indoor air, one of the best tools to fight these types of particles is ultraviolet (UV) lighting. Also known as UV germicidal lights, these lights act as air purifiers by destroying biological contaminants. UV germicidal lights in Lutz are over 99.9% effective, and are safe for home use. The NATE and EPA certified indoor air quality specialists at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can ensure professional installation of UV lights, so call us today.

How Does Ultraviolet (UV) Light Work?

UV lights emit radiation in the form of UV-C rays. These types of rays have the ability to destroy the DNA in biological contaminants and the life-sustaining proteins that help keep cells alive. This dual action not only kills the cell, it keeps it from replicating. As such, UV germicidal lighting doesn’t just get rid of biological contaminants: it eradicates them.

What Are the Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights?

There are several benefits to using UV light in your HVAC system:

  • Improved indoor air quality – by removing biological pollutants, you can increase the quality of your indoor air.
  • Stops mold and bacteria growth – the anti-microbial effect on contaminants helps stop biological growth.
  • Eliminates odors – UV lights kill the contaminants that can create unpleasant odors.
  • Generates negative hydroxyl ions – negative hydroxyl ions are natural compounds that remove pollutants from the air.
  • Flexible placement – UV lights can fit virtually anywhere, but the most common placement for them is in vents and over the evaporator coils.

Two items to note about UV lights are that they do not capture anything like a mechanical or electronic air cleaner will, and they do not draw particles to them. For biological contaminants to be destroyed, the contaminants have to pass within the area of radiation.

If you are looking to remove the biological contaminants in your home, UV germicidal lights in Lutz may be just what you need.

For professional installation of UV germicidal lights, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts.

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What Do UV Germicidal Lights Do for My Indoor Air Quality?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a major household concern today, and in Florida we face an even more difficult obstacle when protecting our air from unhealthy contaminants: the growth of mold, fungus, and other bacteria within our home’s ventilation systems. The humid climate provides an easy medium for these biological pollutants to begin to take hold and grow. Some molds send toxic spores into the air that can lead to serious ailments for people in a house.

Dealing with biological pollutants is tricky, since they often do not go away through traditional cleaning methods. But there is help: UV germicidal lights, a technology used in medicine and laboratories to sterilize environments.

Thanks to companies like Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, you can have UV germicidal lights installed to defend your home against these dangerous intruders. Call us today for an appointment.

The action of UV germicidal lights

In 1903, Icelander Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for medicine for his pioneering work using ultraviolet radiation to treat diseases such as tuberculosis. The use of UV lamps spread through the health care world, and today this method of sterilization is widely used for hospitals, laboratories, water treatment plants, and in the food service industry as a way to cleanse bacteria without leaving residual harmful chemicals.

UV lights in your home are positioned within the ductwork, targeted at infested areas and places where bacteria might pass along toward the vents. The extreme short wavelength of the ultraviolet radiation disrupts the cellular structure of molds and microbacteria, stripping away their nucleus and not only killing the bacteria, but also preventing its reproduction. When you use UV lights on your ducts, you’re not only eliminating mold, you’re preventing it from coming back.

Concentrated doses of UV radiation can be harmful to humans (that’s why you should always wear UV shielded sunglasses when outside), but the lamps used to clean ducts are designed for safety and pose no threat to you or anyone else in your household. The lights will carry out their job without you even noticing them.

You will need professionals to install these UV lamps, however, to make sure they are working as they should. It is also wise to have them routinely maintained and inspected, with necessary bulb changes and adjustments.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling offers a variety of ways to improve your indoor air quality, including professional installation of UV germicidal lights in Tampa, FL that will take care of any mold growth inside your ventilation system. Call us today to learn about what we offer in the way of air filtration and air cleaners as well.

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