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Why You Need UV Germicidal Lights

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_20144812Winter season always sees a huge influx of colds and flu bugs, especially in high altitudes like ours. Illnesses go hand in hand with the winter, though not because of the cold temperatures like a lot of people think. Nevertheless, the causes of winter sicknesses can’t be easily vanquished. You can. however, ensure that there is proper protection for your home and family in the form of a UV air purifier installed at the base of your ducts. Here’s a brief look at how it all works.

Why Do We Catch Colds in the Winter?

There’s a number of factors that contribute to the proliferation of colds during the winter season.

  • Holiday Travel. When people go out of town in December to visit friends and family for the holidays, they’re often exposed to new viruses and similar infections (either at their relations’ homes or in places like airports and bus stations). They will bring those colds home with them, where they can spread to local friends an coworkers. Even if you didn’t leave home during the holidays, the trend can catch you.
  • Dry Air. We live in an area with high elevation, which means that the air is very dry. This has the effect of drying out our sinuses and mucous membrane, which are our bodies’ main defense against colds and infection. The increased vulnerability means increased instances of illness.
  • Closed Homes. You never keep doors or windows open very long in the winter lest you let the heated air escape your home. It’s a sound policy, but it has one big drawback: germs and bugs will circulate through your home to infect multiple members of your family.

UV Lights Kill Germs

When you turn your heating system on, the air in your home cycles through it: pushed into your ducts after being heated. The same holds true for your air conditioner in the summertime. That makes the apex of your ducts the ideal place to strike. By shining ultraviolet light across the apex, it creates a sheet of light that germs cannot help but pass through as the heater cycles. UV light is harmless to us and causes no damage to pets and other multi-cellular organisms, but for one-celled organisms, it stops them dead: killing them outright or rendering them incapable of reproducing.

The UV air purifier thus works in conjunction with your heater. You likely run your heating system most days when your home. With a UV system in place, that process will slowly cleanse the air of impurities, providing a constant protection against the proliferation of germs and bugs. The system can work in any home, but is particularly recommend for homes welcoming a new baby, homes with an elderly resident, or homes with people who otherwise suffer from a compromised immune system.

If you think a UV air purifier can help your Draper, UT home and you’d like to cut down on colds and illnesses during the winter, then call upon At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air to discuss your options!

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At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides excellent heating, air conditioning, plumbing, indoor air quality, water treatment and water heater services throughout the greater Salt Lake City, UT area, including the installation of new systems and components, and the replacement of the old, as well as ongoing repair and maintenance. Established in 1980, we have served the home comfort needs of our local community for over 30 years. Whether you need your stop and waste valve replaced or a new "green," energy–efficient HVAC system installed, we can make sure that the job is completed properly. Our HVAC contractors are NATE–certified and we employ Master and Journeyman plumbers. We are confident in our ability to satisfy any issue that may arise in your home, 24 hours a day. Give one of our friendly staff members a call today to learn more about what we can do for your home.

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When it comes to ensuring that you are comfortable during the winter months in Salt Lake City, you need to make certain that you have an excellent heating system. We offer comprehensive heating services in Salt Lake City, including installation, replacement, repair and maintenance services for a wide variety of equipment, including boilers, furnaces, and radiant heat systems. Whether you’d like to save more on your energy bills from month to month with an energy efficient heater or you want to retrofit a zone control system into your existing furnace setup, we provide heating solutions.

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During this very unusual time, we have put a plan in place to do our part to help keep our community safe. First and foremost, we are going to stay CALM, PATIENT, KIND, and POSITIVE!

There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

Because we have a direct impact on the indoor environment, here are practical steps we are going to take to keep people safe:

  • Wash our hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover our nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Wash our uniforms every day including cleaning our belts
  • Stay home if we are feeling sick
  • Offer a warm smile and friendly greeting instead of a handshake
  • Wear shoe covers and latex gloves in homes and businesses
  • Wipe down surfaces and equipment touched in a client’s home with disinfectant wipes
  • Wipe down door handles, steering wheels, gear shift lever every day
  • Wipe down pens, clipboards, tablets, cell phones, and anything else passes between techs and clients.
  • We have masks on each truck and will wear them at client’s discretion (Currently the CDC does not recommend that people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • We are complying with all recommendations and guidelines from state agencies and will be proactive in our efforts to see that our team members and clients are protected.

As the situation unfolds, we will take each day one at a time and ensure we are being smart, supportive, and helping all those we can in our community.

Thank you for your continued support!