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Be Proactive: Eliminate Viruses, Bacteria and Other Micro-Organisms in Your Home

Angela Newton Digital Marketing Specialist

As fear and growing concern continue to ramp up surrounding the coronavirus there are proactive steps you can take inside of your home to reduce the likelihood of the Coronavirus affecting you or your family. 

According to a study conducted by the EPA, UV-C LED technology is able to kill any kind of bacteria or virus. While we presently don’t know the specific UV-C dosage necessary to kill the coronavirus, viruses are some of the easiest micro-organisms to eliminate. Sterilization of most viruses and bacteria will occur at the 1000 microwatt range.

How It Works

There are three demonstrated methods of controlling airborne infection that has proven results: ventilation, particle filtration and UV.

Filters

Any air cleaner that removes particles from the air has some potential to reduce exposure to coronavirus. The question lies in what efficiency of filter is required to be effective enough to have a significant impact on how likely people are to get infected by the airborne route. HEPA filters are 99.97 percent effective at trapping particles down to 0.3 microns in size. However, like many viruses, coronavirus is very small, measuring between 0.06 and 0.14 microns in size. HEPA filters will have some level of effectiveness, but not 100%.

Ultra Violet

UV disinfection systems for HVAC complement well with conventional filtration because it addresses the micro-organisms that are small enough to pass through filters as discussed above.

Many people ask “how can UV light kill bacteria?” With the right intensity and contact time, germicidal UV lights can kill viruses, bacteria, and other micro-organisms. A non-chemical approach to disinfection, UV technology makes this process simple, inexpensive and requires very little maintenance. 

An air purifier circulates the air several times per hour, cleaning the air. Air purifiers can remove the smallest microbes in the air, reducing harmful airborne germs that not only include cold and flu viruses but also dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and smoke particles. Kill ratios up to 99.9 percent on a first-pass basis have been modeled, and concentrations are further reduced each time the air circulates.

How We Can Help

UV-C air purifiers, like the OXY3 air scrubber, are designed and calculated to produce a certain dosage of ultraviolet rays that eliminate viruses, bacteria and other micro-organisms in your home. Our vital air solution purification system will attach to your home ventilation system and will purify your air for less than $2 a day.

A purification system will:

  • Clean the toxic air in your home that circulates three times an hour
  • Reduce or eliminate colds, sinus infections and dry throats
  • Breathe cleaner, fresher and healthier air in your home
  • Reduce energy bills and equipment breakdowns
  • Extend the life of your home comfort system

Of course, risk reduction involves doing a number of different things including hygiene, being careful about touching your face, shaking hands with people, and washing your hands frequently.

Give Us a Call

Not only are we Des Moines’ heating and cooling experts, but we’re also proud to be delivering cleaner, fresher and healthier air to homes with our indoor air quality services. Our Home Comfort Heroes are ready to take your call today at 515-657-6634.

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