How Ultraviolet Lights Can Help Fight Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and flu season is serious business. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 5,000 people have been hospitalized in the United States for the flu this year alone. While stocking up on Vitamin C may help you combat the sickness, did you know your air conditioning system plays a big role in keeping you healthy too? Installing ultraviolet light technology in your AC system can help you and your loved ones fight the cold and flu season this fall!

How Do UltraViolet Lights Work?

Ultraviolet lights are a great addition to your HVAC system. The lighting is installed within the ductwork in close proximity to the evaporator coil. Put simply, the lighting emits UV rays that act as a built-in germicide, which flows throughout the entire system of the ductwork. As the UV light flows through the system, harmful bacteria are essentially zapped! The ultraviolet lighting works to kill microorganisms by damaging their DNA. As the UV lights do this, the radiation causes a disruption in the chemical bonds of the microorganisms. These bonds, which usually work to hold the atoms of DNA together, are then destroyed or severely damaged. As this damage occurs, the bacteria from the microorganisms are unable to repair or regenerate new cells. The result? Your home will have fewer bacteria.

Show Cold & Flu Season You’re the Boss!

Cold and flu season is here and if your home isn’t protected by UV light technology, you could find yourself hiding under the blankets with a box of tissues and cough drops. Luckily, you can show cold and flu season who is boss this year with UV lighting and the serious benefits it boasts.

  • Bacteria Won’t Stand a Chance: The biggest benefit to having UV lights installed into your heating and cooling system is that your home will be protected against lots of various bacteria. UV lighting works to quickly and efficiently damage and destroy bacteria, like mold, while it sterilizes the air that is filtered throughout your home.
  • Your Wallet Won’t Take a Beating: While ultraviolet lighting for your HVAC system may seem intimidating and pricy, fear not. UV lighting is a cost-effective addition to your home. Moreover, not only is UV lighting economical, but it will also help you save money on your energy bills. When your HVAC system is clean, it seriously lightens the workload on the rest of your system—meaning you can save energy and keep your hard-earned money in your pocket.

At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo, we want you and your loved ones to breathe easy! We know that the key to staying healthy this cold and flu season starts with an efficient heating and cooling system, so we work to ensure your system is functioning as efficiently as possible. To learn more about your HVAC system, click here.