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Do UV Lights Kill the Coronavirus?

While there is currently no UV light that can claim to erradicate coronavirus, every microorganism, including coronavirus, requires a specific UVC dosage for inactivation. Our UV lights are proven effective against similar pathogens, some requiring a higher dosage for inactivation than coronavirus.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is quickly making its way throughout the world. Before December of 2019, the world had never heard of COVID-19. And just a few months after the virus was introduced to the public, several countries, cities, and states have all but shut down and millions of people are hiding in their homes out of fear of how this virus might affect them

Because this virus is so new, there are several unanswered questions when it comes to this new strain of coronavirus. Now that many people are staying inside of their homes to keep safe, they are starting to wonder if the air is safe inside of their house. Can the virus travel through the air ducts of your home? Here is what you need to know about the coronavirus and how to prevent it from spreading throughout your home.

What is Coronavirus?

The coronavirus is a family of viruses that have been around for a long time. In fact, the coronavirus is usually what causes the common cold. The type of coronavirus that the world is currently dealing with, however, is referred to as the novel coronavirus, which literally means "new coronavirus." Because this virus was first identified in China in late 2019, they have named this particular strain COVID-19, which stands for "coronavirus disease 2019."

Because this virus is so new, there are currently no vaccines for it and there are no medicines on the market that seem to help overcome the virus. Flu medications and other antiviral medications have no effect on COVID-19. This means that people who catch this virus have to completely rely on their immune system to help them fight the virus.

Many people who have tested positive for the virus have reported experiencing flu-like symptoms, like cough, fever, and sore throat. One of the things that makes this virus so dangerous is that in extreme cases, some people have developed pneumonia and have reported having difficulty breathing. This is why it is recommended that people who have a weakened immune system, or any other health problems, need to take extreme caution and try to avoid getting the virus.

Why is the Coronavirus Spreading So Quickly?

Like most viruses, the coronavirus is microscopic and cannot be seen by the naked eye. When someone who has the virus coughs or sneezes, the microparticles get into the air and land on services. Because these particles are virtually invisible, it is very easy for someone to touch the particles or breathe them in without ever knowing it.

While there is still a lot that we can learn about the coronavirus, a recent study has shown that when the coronavirus particle is less than five micrometers, it can stay in the air for about 30 minutes before gradually falling to down and landing on a surface. Once it lands on a surface, it can stay there anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the type of surface.

 

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Many parts of the world and several parts of the US have suggested that people are better protected from the coronavirus if they stay in their homes and away from public places. In fact, throughout the United States, thousands of businesses have temporarily closed their doors in hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Many people are staying at home because they feel safer and less likely to contract an illness. However, what many people do not take into account is the fact that their HVAC units could actually increase the likelyhood of getting sick if someone else within the home is contagious. At any given time, your air conditioner can become a host to a variety of germs and bacteria. If a virus gets into your air conditioning unit, it can quickly travel throughout your home, increasing the chances of infecting the people inside.

Air filters that are placed in your HVAC system do a good job of filtering out some germs and dust particles that get into the system, but smaller particles and viruses can slip through the filters and contaminate your air. It is for this reason that many experts suggest placing a UV light inside your HVAC system to eliminate even more germs, viruses, and bacteria from being circulated.

Purify the Air in Your Home

At Advanced Air Conditioning and Heating, we provide our customers with the latest technology in UV lights. Our experienced and knowledgeable technicians are able to install the UV lights into any existing air conditioning system to help eliminate the spread of bacteria and viruses.

While there is no UV light that can claim to eliminate 100% of COVID-19 particles from the air, the ultra-violet lights that we use have been tested and are proven to reduce microorganisms by 99.999996%. Our UV fixtures include a two-year warranty on the bulbs and a lifetime warranty on the installation.

Are UV Lights Safe for People?

When an ultra-violet light touches an organic material, like mold and bacteria, it breaks down its DNA, reducing them to nitrogen and oxygen molecules. For years, many establishments, like hospitals and restaurants, have used UV lights to help disinfect the air and help to improve the IAQ.

The ultra-violet light that is produced by the sun is known to cause damage to the human skin, which is why many people wear sunblock when going outside for long periods of time. However, far-UVC light has a wavelength between 200 and 400 nanometers (nm). Because it has a more restricted range, it does not pose a threat to human skin but is still able to break down the DNA of bacteria and germs.

Improve the Air You Breathe

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and left many people scared and confused about how to keep themselves safe. Keeping your distance from anyone who you think might be sick and practicing good hand washing habits can help to eliminate your chances of getting sick. With everyone having to spend so much time in their homes, it is more important now more than ever that the air everyone is breathing is as germ free as possible.

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