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5 Uses For UV Light Sanitation

It might be surprising to know how many industries use ultraviolet light to decontaminate and sanitize our world.  The UV rays destroy the DNA of microorganisms such as viruses, molds and other pathogens causing them to die and not be able to reproduce.  UV light can also be used to visualize things which cannot be seen with the naked eye.  When UV light waves hit these substances, they “flouresce” or “glow”.  It causes the waves to be absorbed and re-emitted in longer wave lengths that can be seen.

  • Water Sanitation – UV systems are used to sanitize everything from waste water to drinking water and swimming pools.  According to the World Health Organization, UV light is a recommended method for disinfecting household and community water.
  • Pest Control – UV lights can be used to identify the location of rodent urine stains and to visualize scorpions and other insects.
  • Food Industry – The food industry has used UV light for many years.  Whether delivered via a wand or installed lighting systems, UV Light is used to clean liquids such as apple juice, decontaminate air in production facilities and sanitize preparation surfaces and packaging.
  • Healthcare Industry – The Medical Industry is using UV light to disinfect hospital rooms and reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infections.  Studies are being conducted currently to prove the effectiveness of using narrow length UV light during surgeries.  UV lights are being used more and more to disinfect offices and homes.  They can be used to kill flu and common cold viruses on computers, phones and other handheld devices and commonly touched surfaces.  UV lights are increasingly being included in humidifiers to kill these viruses and molds which can live in the water.
  • Forensics – UV dyes are used in marking certain items to identify criminals such as if applied to currency prior to a robbery.  UV light can illuminate bodily fluids.  UV photography can be used to detect deeper bruises than would be seen with the naked eye as well as to identify forgeries.

Decades of use has proven UV Light is not only efficient, but versatile and cost effective for use in both sanitation and visualization applications.  It is used in many industries and is often a preferred chemical free option to disinfect and sanitize our homes and hospitals.

Contact us at the Healthy Home Filter Company to order your UV Light and other Indoor Air Quality improvement products.

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Meeting Your Resolutions for Better Health and Wealth

Many folks make resolutions this time of year. These are known for being easy to make but hard to keep. A reliable way to assure you will keep a resolution is to change your surroundings so the desired outcomes just seem to take care of themselves.

If any of the following resolutions are on your list, our products can help you meet your goal:

  • Make Healthy Choices
  • Save Money
  • Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse

You might be surprised to know how some of our products can help you meet these goals with a simple one-time purchase and easy installation.

Who doesn’t resolve to improve their health habits?  One of the keys to good health is decreasing the number of germs you are exposed to on a daily basis. We are constantly reminded to cover our coughs, wash our hands, and use safe food preparation techniques. What many people don’t know is that in addition to these habits, you can use a special light called a UV-C in your home. These lights use ultraviolet rays to reduce airborne microorganisms as air passes through your heating system. These lights kill mold, germs, bacteria, and viruses – including flu, strep, and even swine flu germs – without any additional effort on your part.

Interested in saving money while at the same time helping to keep the environment cleaner by preventing waste? We carry permanent air filters. These fit your furnace the same way a disposable one does, but being reusable, eliminate the needs for purchasing new ones and for disposing of used filters. Instead of the monthly chore of finding the right size and changing filters, simply vacuum or rinse a permanent one to keep your furnace running efficiently.

Contact us for information on ordering and using these products and others that will help everyone under your roof to save money, be kind to the environment, and have a healthier year.

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Shedding UV Light on Sanitation

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What are UV Lights?

We all try to stay healthy and work to keep our houses and indoor environments as clean and germ-free as is reasonably possible. One tool many people are not even aware of is ultra violet sanitation, even though this technology has been used for sterilizing drinking water in parts of the US since 1916. Hospitals have used these for years and now we are happy to be able to offer a selection of UV light products for home use by our customers.

In this sort of sterilization, very short wavelengths are passed through air, water, or over the surfaces to be disinfected. The rays work a little like sunburn on humans – molecular bonds in micro-organisms are broken down so they are harmless or cannot grow and reproduce. This results in a reduction of bacteria, mold, germ, and virus wherever the UV lights are used.

What kinds are available for homeowners?

We carry two basic types of germicidal UV lights. The first are installed in your ductwork or heating and cooling system and simply plug in to a standard outlet. Once in place, they begin to work without any sound, ozone production, effort on your part, or any maintenance. They shine on and destroy airborne pathogens as air moves through your system, 24 hours a day, and have solid warranties. We have both single and double bulb systems available, as well as replacement bulbs.

The second form of light for UV disinfection may leave you feeling as if you are doing high-tech battle with germs – and you are! These are wands that hold UV bulbs and can be waved over the surface to be treated. As such they can be used anywhere from your kitchen counter, to on upholstery or bedding you would like to clean up, or to sanitizing a bathroom. There is even one specifically for disinfecting water! If you want to be able to disinfect sizable areas in ten seconds with a sweep of the wand, look at the Large UV Sanitizing Wand. Our Portable UV Wand Sanitizer folds and gives you a way to disinfect surfaces away from home – places like restaurants or public bathrooms. It reliably kills 99.9 percent of E.coli, staph, salmonella, and H1N1 virus. The Nano15 Dual UV Sanitizer is a lso easy to travel with and not only disinfects surfaces, but can also be used when traveling or camping to disinfect drinking water without chemicals.

If you are interested in this environmentally friendly way to make your environment healthier, feel free to contact us for help in choosing a product to best meet your needs.

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A Permanent Furnace Filter is a Breath of Fresh Air

There is a great deal of attention given to the quality of the air outdoors. Every major weather reporting service provides an air quality index with specifics about things like pollen and atmospheric particulate matter. From the perspective of an allergy sufferer—this is misleading. Are we to believe that the likely cause of red, itchy eyes, headaches, fatigue, and our runny noses is the great outdoors?

Indoor air pollutants average two and a half times higher than outdoors and indoor air quality is the number one health concern in the country according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Some estimates suggest that forty percent of all buildings present a serious health hazard because of indoor air pollution. Talk to a symptomatic allergy sufferer and they will tell you that sometimes just getting to an open window can provide some relief.

Recognizing this problem is a good first step but we need to do more. We need to implement some solutions. A perfect place to start in any home or office is the furnace. Nothing kicks allergies or asthma into gear faster than when the furnace kicks on—pushing dusty, musty, germ laden air into every room.

A permanent, washable, electrostatic furnace filter removes ten times more pollutants than a disposable filter and never needs to be replaced. Electrostatic furnace filters are also cost effective, usually paying for themselves after one year of use.

The permanent furnace filter is one huge step toward improving the indoor air quality in your home or office. With this solution implemented, you can improve even further with air cleaners from Austin Air and the air sanitizing power of a UVC light.

If good health is important to you and you spend much of your time indoors than you need to start taking steps to improve the air you breathe by contacting us at Healthy Home Filter Company. Make today the day you become part of your air quality solution.

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Thinking Beyond Filters with UV Light

UV Light for Furnce A/C

You pretty much can’t own a home without learning about air filters in this day and age. Whether you have a furnace, an air conditioner, or both, you have been taught by someone that you need to keep your filters clean in order to get the best performance out of your machines, and have the cleanest possible air in your home.

What you might not realize is that there is a way to actually destroy, not just filter, many of those air pollutants that make their way into, and through, your heating and air conditioning systems. For just pennies a day, adding a UV light to your system will destroy a variety of biological contaminants. Ultraviolet radiation does this by literally killing those viruses, bacteria, allergens and molds—which is why it is also important to install the light inside your furnace or air conditioning unit, where the light cannot directly reach your rooms.

For example, the humid summer season is just around the corner, and humidity brings with it an increase in mold. Air conditioning does remove a certain amount of excess humidity from the indoor air, minimizing mold buildup in your home, but if your air conditioner brings outdoor mold into the house, only the largest spores will be blocked by your existing filters. In order to get all the molds out of your system, you need to install a UV light, which will destroy those mold spores, regardless of their size. The UV sterilization will also reduce odors in your home because its continuous operation prevents any build up of contaminants in your heating and cooling systems.

Remember that UV lights are meant to work in conjunction with the filters on your air conditioning and heating systems, not as a replacement. Filters trap larger particles, preventing their entrance into the home—which is why they need regular cleaning. UV lights actually destroy biological contaminants, rendering your rooms fresh and clean. So contact us today to learn more or to order a UV light for your air conditioner today.

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UV Light An Effective Supplement To Electrostatic Filters

 

What do doctor’s offices, hospitals, laboratories, and food processing plants have in common? In many instances, its UV light air purification. And why do so many such facilities turn to UV light air cleaners? Because of UV light’s impact on everything from bacterias and viruses to molds and fungi. In fact, this advanced technology has been employed in such settings for over two decades now. What is called ‘C’ band short-wave ultraviolet radiation in the “C” band (UVC, also called UVGI, which references ‘germicidal irradiation’) has been proven effective in rendering various microorganisms inactive, reports the EPA.

EPA UV Light Research

In fact, UV light systems have even drawn the attention of Homeland Security for their potential in combating harmful bio-aerosols. As a result, the EPA conducted tests to measure the effectiveness of UV light air cleaners in eradicating various types of organisms. All systems tested were more than 99 percent effective in eliminating what is called vegetative bacteria, for example. Overall, three different organisms were tested, and a number of UV light systems tested were more than 93 percent effective in eliminating all three microorganisms.

Would you like to have this air purification capability in your home? Now you can. Now it is possible to enjoy the peace of mind that UV light air cleaners offer. UV light systems can be installed right in UVAC ductwork, near your furnace, for example, to continually treat air as it is circulated throughout your home.

Electrostatic furnace filters take air purification a big step beyond that offered by traditional replaceable filters. And UV light systems can take air purification to an even higher level by attacking various airborne pathogens, including mold, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses.

Air Quality And Health Effects

Especially given today’s airtight home construction, people often find that colds seem to linger for weeks, or that runny noses that are way too common. Or, there may be inexplicable breathing issues and a general lack of energy. The culprits may be airborne substances that irritate the mucous membranes, lungs, and other tissues.

The potential benefits for those breathing air treated by UV light are numerous:

* Fight sickness such as common cold, influenza, measles, small pox and tuberculosis
* Reduce allergic reactions and asthmatic effects
* Reduce the frequency and severity of headaches
* Reduce congested nasal and sinus passages
* Address irritability induced by air issues
* Reduce fatigue and depression associated with fatigue
* Address Sick Building Syndrome

Find out more about how electrostatic filters and UV light can combine for especially effective air purification. Please contact us today.

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Combating Mold With UV light

UV Light Kills Mold

UV light air cleaners can further  complement the air purification offered by electrostatic furnace  filters. They have been proven useful in reducing the incidence of mold,  mold spores, bacterial, and viruses.

Mold Can Be Helpful — But Not Indoors

When  you are composting outdoors, various molds actually aid the process.  These living organisms break down organic matter, like dead leaves.  However, people in your home or commercial building are ‘organic’ too.  You don’t want harm to come to them.

Mold And Health — The Connection

Anytime  both moisture and oxygen get together, especially in poorly ventilated  environments, mold can grow and produce what are called mycotoxins.  These mycotoxins have been associated with various allergic reactions including watery eyes, skin rashes, runny noses, and even asthma attacks, according to the EPA.

Mold Infestation Challenges

Research  suggests a three or four-fold reduction in mold with use of a UV light  air cleaner integrated into the HVAC system. Almost everyone has heard  of the more extreme cases of drywall getting moist and uncontrolled mold  growth requiring major remediation. Typically, drywall needs to be  completely torn out and replaced. Affected carpet needs to be steam  cleaned. Hard surfaces have to be wiped down with a mild detergent  solution. Finally, a high-efficiency particulate air vacuum is typically  employed to thoroughly clean surfaces once they are totally dry.
It  is important, therefore, to always deal with water leaks as soon as  they appear. Plus, UV light integrated into one’s HVAC system can  significantly reduce mold’s impact.
The EPA asserts that the  complete elimination of mold from indoor settings is not possible.  However, controlling mold indoors is possible. UV light is one of the  key tools used to control mold. Again, it’s effect iveness is testified  to by its common use in both medical and food processing environments.

Healthy Home Filter Company offers modern solutions to the air purification needs of residences, schools, and businesses. For more insight into how to address your particular air quality issues, please contact us.

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