Ultraviolet Cleaning

Ultraviolet Germicidal Light Cleaning in Niceville, FL & Surrounding Areas

An ultraviolet cleaning system is the best defense against germs and microorganisms that live and breed in your air conditioning system. These lamps generate ultraviolet wavelengths that efficiently disable microbes. Microbiologists have studied this mechanism since the 1930s, but the technology has recently come into its own in the heating and cooling industry.

Ultraviolet Cleaning Systems

Scientists know that UVC and UVV wavelengths between 250 and 450 nanometers effectively destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They deactivate microorganisms by breaking the molecular bonds and causing permanent cellular damage. Ultraviolet AC cleaning systems can destroy most germs in seconds. If your air conditioner runs for just one hour, an ultraviolet light can eliminate 80 percent of colony-forming units that contain viable viruses and bacteria. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is a simple and effective solution for addressing the following microbe-related air quality problems.

  • Allergies
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Airway irritation
  • Seasonal illnesses
  • Dirty sock syndrome
  • Musty odors

Benefits of AC Ultraviolet Cleaning

Air conditioning systems are an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which can produce unpleasant musty or stinky odors when your air conditioner runs. During the summer, condensation forms on the evaporator coils, drips into a collection pan and flows through a drainpipe.

In humid areas like Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Panama City, FL and the surrounding area, your air conditioner can remove up to 20 gallons of moisture every day. The evaporator coil and condensate pan are constantly damp. This type of environment supports many microorganisms that produce irritating mycotoxins. When ultraviolet lamps are installed in the evaporator coil or plenum manifold, the light deactivates germs before they waft through your house.

An Effective Solution for Dirty Sock Syndrome

Bacterial problems also reveal themselves during the winter when you run your heater. Over the past 20 years, dirty sock syndrome has become increasingly common in Florida. Estimates show that it affects 2 percent of heat pumps. During the winter, the unit’s internal temperature only reaches 130 degrees. This isn’t hot enough to destroy microorganisms, but it is warm enough to make them release unpleasant odors. Ultraviolet wavelengths address dirty sock syndrome at the source by eliminating bacteria.

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Your AC System

At One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® of Niceville, we offer several proprietary ultraviolet AC cleaning systems that use the power of light to destroy germs and irritating microbes. These products use negligible amounts of electricity to deactivate viruses and bacteria that cause influenza, the common cold, sore throats and seasonal illnesses. Call our office in Niceville to learn more.

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