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How Do Hospitals Combat the Spread of Germs?

woman-coughing-in-bedHow do hospitals combat the spread of germs? The same way we help homeowners to! With high intensity UVC (Ultraviolet Light).

But wait, isn’t ultraviolet radiation dangerous?

No, not in the application we are referring to. We’re talking about UV lights, also known as UV germicidal lights or a UV air purifier. These systems are used to combat bacteria and viruses that can be lurking in your home’s ductwork.

There is a lot of information out there about the use of UV lights in combatting the transmission of diseases, many of that information being provided by indoor air quality manufacturers. We consider it our duty to ensure that you are getting the best information from trustworthy sources, such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and HealthChem Inc.

How Does UV-C Light Reduce Health Risks?

With UV-C light, the sterilized bacteria and viruses can no longer reproduce and infect your family.

The CDC recommends using UV germicidal lights in combination with HEPA air filters to control infectious diseases in their published article, “Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of M. tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings.”

While this isn’t a particular virus you need to worry about in your home there are other viruses that can enter in, but UV radiation can stop them, as well as stop the development of mold and mildew. The latter can severely affect household members with asthma and allergy symptoms, and make even the healthiest person ill. UV lights, however, can significantly reduce risk in your home.

“Can UV Lights Prevent COVID-19 Transmission?”

UV radiation sterilizes all bacteria and viruses, however, there is not currently enough research to determine how strong the UV radiation needs to be to sterilize this virus. Fortunately, by eliminating the risk of other germ and virus transmissions, you can help improve the immunity of your household, overall protecting the health of your family. As for preventing COVID-19, here is what the CDC does recommend:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. PREMIERONE™ recommends adding high microwatt UVC in your HVAC system to purify the air in addition to these standard good hygiene practices.

To learn more about our indoor air quality products and services, contact Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. today. Established in 1912, we’re your trusted resource for all things HVAC and indoor air quality related throughout Union, NJ and beyond.

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