Cutting Indoor Air Pollution with UV Light

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Beautiful spring days are tough to enjoy when you have allergies. For every blooming flower, there’s someone out there with an annoying runny nose.  We previously discussed how different types of air filters help people with allergies feel more comfortable in their homes. UV filters are especially effective; so let’s take a look at how the technology works:

More Necessary Than You Think:

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 30% of adults suffer from allergies, and that number is only increasing. If you’re part of that group, you don’t need a weather report to tell you when allergens are high – you know it right away. The EPA has stated that indoor air quality is often much worse than the outdoors. That’s a problem, because even the most outdoorsy Minnesotans are likely to spend plenty of time inside their homes. No matter how often you dust or clean, certain airborne microbes are bound to remain in your vents and wreak havoc on your health.

UV-C to the Rescue:

A type of light you can’t even see is able to destroy the germs that make you suffer. UV-C is a type of short wave UV light that has been proven to kill airborne pathogens. In fact, UV-C breaks down the DNA of bacteria and viruses until they are unable to reproduce. That’s a total buzzkill for germs, but good news for anyone who sneezes, sniffles or itches because of allergens. Even better, UV-C is a chemical-free allergy solution, so it outputs truly clean air. If you’re on the allergy spectrum, consider this part of the light spectrum for your air filter.

What to Look for in a UV Filter:

Air filters that kill germs typically feature two to four UV lamps. It’s important to know that the UV-C spectrum is wide, and not all filters are effective for killing airborne germs. Look for products that feature a wavelength near 253.7 nanometers, as that provides the highest germicidal effect. Be sure to choose a name brand with plenty of reviews. The best UV filters emit no ozone and are easy to install. Don’t know where to start? Check out our filter store to find a filter for you HVAC system.

You wash your hands to kill germs on your skin, why not kill the ones entering your lungs? If you have allergies, your home should be a refuge from the unpredictable outdoors. You need every advantage you can get, especially during springtime. Install a UV filter that improves your daily life in a big way.

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