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Ultraviolet Light Helps Fight Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu season has hit Americans hard this year. In fact, according to the CDC over 5,000 people have been hospitalized already, and we’re not even through the season yet. After picking up a bug at school, work or any other public place, we bring it home and spread it even further. But you can help reduce or eliminate the spreading of germs throughout your home by using UV light in your air handler.

As infected air passes through an HVAC system, it carries germs from one room to another. But Ultraviolet (UVC) light, a natural component of sunlight, eliminates many bacterium, viruses, odors and allergens by disrupting their DNA and rendering them harmless. By installing a UV light in your HVAC system, you can restrict the amount of germs that get re-circulated through your home, keeping you and your family healthier during this high Flu season.

Even though the Flu is a respiratory illness, it is generally not transmitted by air (unless in close proximity). Using UV light can still help prevent it from wreaking havoc in your household. If germs keep getting re-circulated through your home, you run the risk of being perpetually sick, weakening your immune system. Then the Flu can sneak in and hit you hard. By reducing the amount of other germs you are exposed to, you give your body a better chance to fight off the Flu more quickly, if you should happen to catch it. Now, because the Flu is a direct and indirect contact virus, it is important to take other precautions as well. Keep your hands washed and surfaces disinfected. If you sneeze or cough, use a tissue instead of your hands if you can.

 

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