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Stop Winter Colds with a UV Air Purifier

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782Here in the high altitudes of Utah, colds and illnesses are a considerable winter problem. A number of factors contribute to the increase of illnesses in the winter months, and unfortunately, there’s little you can do to prevent them.

You can, however, take steps to protect your household from the spread of germs and flu bugs: a UV air purifier installed at the apex of your ducts and working in conjunction with your furnace (and your air conditioner during the summer months). Here’s a quick breakdown of what they can do for you.

Why Are Colds More Common in the Winter?

A number of factors go into the increase of colds and illnesses in the winter (though obviously, illnesses aren’t limited to the colder months).

  • Holiday travel. When people go out of town for the holidays in December, they often come into contact with colds and flu bugs — from friends, family, or even just strangers they pass — then bring them back here. They then move quickly from person to person, which means you can be affected even if you stayed home for the holidays.
  • Confined spaces. We rightfully keep our homes and businesses buttoned up when it’s cold outside to prevent the loss of heat. That has the effect of keeping germs and viruses circulating in the space, however, allowing them to pass from family member to family member very easily.
  • Dry air. OurĀ air is notoriously dry up here, which affects our bodies’ abilities to fight infection. Our sinuses and mucous membrane make a potent first line of defense, but when they dry out, we become more vulnerable to colds and flu bugs.

UV Lights to the Rescue

UV (or ultraviolet) lights are perfectly harmless to human beings and pets — in fact, they are often used to make our white clothes glow in the dark at rock concerts and amusement parks — but they’re lethal to one-celled organisms. Germs, bacteria and other organic contaminants are either killed outright or rendered incapable of reproducing. A UV light can be a potent weapon in your fight to keep your house clean. The trick is to find the ideal spot to place it where it can do the most good in the least amount of time.

By shining UV lights across the apex to your ducts, a UV air purifier sterilizes the air as it passes through. Every time you turn on your heater (or air conditioner in the summer) it cycles through the air in your home, slowly scrubbing it clean of germs. As a result, your air feels fresher and cleaner, and you’ll find the frequency of colds and similar illnesses in your family going down.

A UV air filter works well for any home, but we especially recommend it for households getting ready to welcome a new infant, or who have elderly family members or those with compromised immune systems.

If you like the sound of a UV air purifier in your Orem, UT home, then call on the professionals at Skylake Heating & Air to discuss your options today!

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