UV Lights: Keep Bacteria Out of Your Home This Winter
What is that thing you’re looking at? Well, we at Home Comfort Experts think they are pretty neat. In fact, most of us have had them installed in our own homes and we think you should, too.
According to RGF, the company that makes the REME HALO, the equipment is designed to eliminate sick building syndrome risk by neutralizing odors, particulate, air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), smoke, mold, bacteria and viruses. The REME HALO is easily mounted into the air conditioning and heating system’s air ducts where most sick building problems start.
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“When the HVAC system is in operation, the REME HALO creates an advanced oxidation plasma consisting of ionized hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions and hydroxide ions. All are friendly oxidizers. By friendly oxidizer, we mean oxidizer that revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after oxidation of the pollutant,” RFG says.
What will a REME HALO do for me?
- It kills bacteria, mold and viruses.
- It reduces odors, particulate, smoke and VOCs (Volatile organic compounds.)
- Zinc ions kill viruses on surfaces.
- Used by: major hotel and restaurant chains, cruise lines and the military.
- Kills 99 percent of sneeze germs within three feet.
- A quick-release feature means no tools needed for servicing.
In 1903 Niels Ryberg Finsen won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how ultra violet (UV) light can kill bacteria.
Today, this technology is available in homes and Home Comfort Experts is making it available now.
“It almost sounds unreal,” said James Olesen, service manager at Home Comfort Experts, “But if you talk to someone who has allergies or little kids in their home, they notice a huge difference when they don’t have it turned on.”
The REME Halo®, one of the companies offering this technology, has fascinating features that scrub the air in your home using UV light and precious metals.
First of all, Olesen said, it discharges peroxide into the air that kills viruses and germs on surfaces in your home. The peroxide is created from existing air molecules and goes inert after it does its job.
“Some homeowners says fruit lasts longer on their counter, even,” he said.
UV light has been found to kill tuberculosis, lupus and other very serious disease-causing bacteria and viruses that can be found on your doorknobs, toilet handles and more. Some evidence shows fewer dust mites in homes with professional grade UV light systems.
Secondly, it ionizes particles, such as pollen and dust, making them stick together, so the filter in your furnace and air conditioner can catch even the tiniest irritants, Olesen said.
“It’s a little like a lint roller for the air,” he said.
Lastly, when your blower motor is running, the UV light comes on and kills not only bacteria in the air, but viruses too.
“It’s very high tech and extremely powerful,” Olesen said, “That’s why we keep it locked inside the furnace and that’s why you need it installed by a professional.”
“Basically, everyone should have one. It’s new technology and the word is just now getting out,” he said. “Right away, people notice a clean, fresh smell in their house, just like when you go outside after a lighting storm. That’s basically what this does—it zaps the crud from air in your house,” Olesen said.