Vacuum with Pest-Killing UV Light
September 2007
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The Halo UVX Ultraviolet Vacuum from Halo Technologies Inc. (Charlotte, NC, U.S.) is the only vacuum using ultraviolet light to kill dust mites, molds, bacteria, viruses, lice, fleas, and germs in home carpets. The vacuum is the first of a line of ultraviolet household cleaning appliances planned for launch starting in 2007. The company engineered the vacuum to use the same ultraviolet light, UV-C, as is used by water-treatment facilities to purify drinking water and by hospitals to sterilize operating rooms and medical instruments. UV light in the C spectrum deactivates the DNA of dust mites, bacteria, viruses, germs, and molds, destroying their ability to multiply. The unit contains a UV-C bulb chamber at the bottom of the vacuum that can be activated by a switch on the handle; consumers are instructed to activate the UV-C bulb chamber while running the vacuum to kill these unwanted household pests.

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