3 Key Reasons You Need a UV Air Purifier
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, indoor air quality has improved since the 1990s, yet we still face serious health risks from particulates, bacteria, mold and pathogens. UV air filters use ultraviolet light rays to eliminate pathogens and bacteria as they pass by — the UV light deploys electromagnetic radiation to break down their molecular structure. This system makes UV air purifiers ideal for eliminating molds, viruses, yeasts and bacteria in the air. They help prevent diseases and illnesses, making them a good solution for consumers who become sick easily.
You’ll find UV filters in many businesses and organizations such as scientific laboratories, commercial kitchens, hospitals, medical clinics and child day care providers. Many homeowners also rely on UV filters to control the mold in their house. Here are three key reasons why you should install a UV air purifier.
UV Air Purifiers Eliminate Pollutants Like Bacteria and Mold
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants rank in the top five environmental health risks. UV air filters help remove bacteria and mold from the air; in fact, UV light has been proven to control mildew, bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses by attacking their DNA. UV light is also effective in helping stop secondary allergies that result from allergens in the air.
UV air purifiers are a potent weapon in the fight against airborne enemies such as pneumonia, measles, the common cold, flu and other ailments that travel via the air to affect everyone in your house. By removing these allergens and bacteria from the air, UV air purifiers allow for easier sleep and help protect family members who might have a diminished immune system or respiratory condition.
UV air purifiers are also effective against mold, which is a microscopic fungus that slowly increases its presence in your home, creating health problems for your entire family. This accumulation is especially concerning for anyone suffering from asthma or allergies. Molds such as Aspergillus Chaetomium, Fusarium and Stachybotrys love environments that are dark, warm and damp. By themselves, they typically do not create negative reactions for asthma sufferers or those with allergies; when the mold spores travel through the air, however, they eventually cause stuffy noses, coughing, and difficulty breathing for people with allergies.
Bacterial microbes hang in the air on tiny pieces of dust or microscopic drops of water; these microbes are then inhaled or come into contact with mucous membranes. In addition to a quality UV air purifier, you can help reduce airborne illnesses by staying away from other people when you are sick, increasing your physical distance from others if you must go out, and using your tissue or elbow to cover sneezes and coughs. Hand washing is also an effective safeguard since it reduces germs that can be picked up by your hands on household objects such as doorknobs.
Get Rid of Odors
Odors are compounds, both inorganic and organic. Some odors are just unpleasant, while others can present serious health hazards. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are carbon chemicals that evaporate rapidly into the air you breathe. These contaminants are often found in homes and offices, and they can cause odors.
Products that have been known to release VOCs include carpeting, wall coverings, vinyl flooring, air fresheners, perfume, adhesives, and sealants. Other contaminants include outdoor air sources such as car exhaust, neighboring buildings, debris, and common air pollutants such as ozone and the oxides of nitrogen and sulfur.
Even if you have an effective ventilation system, you must still control these contaminants. Odors are not just unpleasant; odors represent chemicals that could potentially affect the health of your family members. Even pleasant odors that you may use to add scents to your environment or freshen your air may be problematic. Many of these products work by releasing even more chemicals into the air. They do not eliminate the source of odor problems.
UV Air Purifiers Remove Airborne Particulates
Particulates are very small liquid or solid particles in your home. Airborne particulates refer to particles that can be carried by air, and they come from a variety of sources including dust, fires, soil and plants. Other sources are car exhausts, oil burners, tobacco smoke, cooking and power plants.
Dust is a major contributor — sweeping, grinding and regular every day household dust includes a variety of particulates including pollen, mold and even parts of insects. Particulates also come in the form of mists like when you paint something with spray cans. Tiny particles pose the biggest threat to your health because they can go deeper in your lungs than larger particulates.
The danger of particulates varies depending on the source. Some particulates, such as nickel and various metals, can eventually create serious damage to your heart and lungs. Particles as small as a few microns across have led to diseases with only a short exposure. These particulates might be acids, soil, chemicals, dust or metals. Some family members, such as young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, are especially vulnerable to particulate matter.
Bacteria, mold, odors and airborne particulates are serious obstacles to keeping your family safe and healthy. An effective UV air purifier provides a powerful first-line defense against these intruders.
At Wave Home Solutions, we are experts in a variety of air and water purification systems and solutions, such as installing a UV air purifier or an iron filter for well water. Our free report, “The Buyer’s Guide to Air Purifiers,” will help you recognize the different kinds of air purifiers, understand how pollutants affect your family’s health and learn how to select the right one for your home or office.
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