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UV Lights Help Make Healthier Homes

UV-air-purifierSpring is typically the time when biological contaminants start to become a nuisance. Germs, bacteria and pollen flourish, increasing allergic reactions and adding to the risk of you or a family member contracting an illness. Heaters and air conditioners contain filters, but they need to be regularly replaced, and don’t always do as thorough a job as they should. If you’re looking to cut down on germs and other unwanted creepy-crawlies in your air, we have an outstanding solution for you: UV air purifiers placed in your HVAC system.

How Do They Work?

UV stands for “ultraviolet,” a wavelength of light that we can’t see, but which affects us every day. It appears in sunlight, and causes our skin to tan and burn when we spend a lot of time outdoors. We use UV light bulbs for a number of services, and you’ve likely seen UV bulbs at amusement parks or rock concerts. (They’re what causes your clothes to glow in the dark.) The light projected from UV bulbs is far weaker than sunlight, and thus perfectly safe for multi-cellular organisms like humans and pets.

For germs, however, the effect is much nastier. UV light will either kill them instantly upon contact or fuse their DNA, which renders them unable to replicate. Either way, they’re unable to cause harm once they encounter the light. The question becomes, where can you put such a light such that it will do the most good while taking up the least amount of space?

Placement in Your Ducts is Key

Centralized heating and air conditioning systems use a system of ducts to carry conditioned air to the various corners of your home. In the process, they circulate most of the air in your home. That makes the apex of the duct a great: choke point to let the UV air purifier do its job. The UV lights shine across the width of the ducts, forming an impenetrable barrier that not even the tiniest germ can get through. As the air conditioner runs (or the heater in the winter), it gradually scrubs the air clean, eliminating new germs as they arrive as effectively as germs or bacteria that have lingered.

As a result, you’ll find your air feeling fresher and cleaner than it normally does. More importantly, instances of illness will go down considerably, and your family will feel healthier and happier overall. UV air purifiers are a good idea for every home, but we especially recommend them for homes with:

  • Infants or toddlers, who may be more vulnerable to germs.
  • The elderly, who are similarly vulnerable to colds and illnesses.
  • People suffering from asthma, or similar conditions.
  • People who work in at-risk jobs, such as nursing or retail jobs that put you in contact with a large number of people.

If your home struggles with spring colds, excess bacteria or other biological contaminants, call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air to discuss your UV air filter options. We provide indoor air quality services for residences throughout South Jordan, UT!

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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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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!