Halo Technologies is offering home owners and business operators a chemical-free vacuum cleaner that the firm says kills germs through the use of ultraviolet light.

The Halo UV-ST is designed to kill germs, dust mites, mold, viruses and bacteria in addition to removing dirt. The vacuum contains a bulb chamber for an ultraviolet bulb in the bottom of the unit.

“We’ve all disinfected other areas of our home for years. Now our Halo Ultraviolet Vacuums allow you to achieve that same level of clean in your carpeting without any extra effort and without using any harmful chemicals," said Ken Garcia, Halo’s chief executive officer.

The Halo vacuum weighs 16.8 lbs and has a 14-inch cleaning path. It is available at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy and Sears with a price of $499.