Human beings have known for ages that sunshine kills germs. A closed and abandoned building that sees no sunlight will have ripe conditions for the rapid growth of mold, bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.
This traditional knowledge led to the development of UV-C sanitizing technology to disinfect indoor spaces. However, several myths related to the utility of UV light for disinfecting an indoor environment may deter people from using this technology. Let us debunk these myths as follows:
Myth #1: UV-C Sanitizing Technology is Harmful to Humans
Fact: When you choose a reliable provider of UV light sanitizing devices and follow their instructions for installation and use, UV-C is a powerful tool for disinfecting indoor environments but not harmful to humans.
Well-designed and safety-certified UV-C sanitizing technology devices that are wall- or ceiling-mounted for upper air disinfection, used within HVAC systems, and even UV devices for transport vehicles can successfully eliminate pathogens without risk or damage to exposed human skin, eyes, or other human tissues.
The short-wavelength UV-C light used in these devices does not cause health concerns for building occupants, thanks to the design of the device and UV-C’s relatively limited range. This means, if safety protocols are followed, it will not be able to get close to the living human tissue or cells, while it will still penetrate the DNA of the microorganisms in the indoor air and inactivate or kill them.
Myth #2: UV-C Sanitizing Technology Cannot Protect from SARS-CoV-2
Fact: Independent lab tests show that, with correct installation and use, Aerapy’s UV-C sanitizing technology eliminates 99.97% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a single air pass. Further, Aerapy UV technology achieved a 99.98% reduction of SARS-CoV-2 in two seconds on surfaces.
Myth #3: UV-C Disinfecting Equipment is Not Energy Efficient and Requires Frequent Maintenance
Fact: Aerapy UV-C sanitizing technology improves the energy efficiency of HVAC systems in commercial facilities, and over time proves to be a significantly cost-effective solution. Aerapy UV light solutions disintegrate and clear away mold and bio-film that build up on ducts, coils, plenums, and drain pans.
This continually boosts the unit’s cooling capacity, enhances heat transfer, and reduces pressure drops. All these factors contribute to lowering energy bills and more efficient use of the HVAC system throughout the building. The need for annual cleaning of coils is virtually eliminated when Aerapy UV lights for HVAC are in use.
The Aerapy product manual specifies the periodic replacement of UV bulbs. As long as this guideline is followed, the AC coils will not require yearly cleaning, and the overall maintenance costs of the HVAC unit is reduced. The long-term operational efficiency of the HVAC increases its longevity and reduces the costs of equipment replacement for the building.
Consult with Aerapy Experts to Make Your Building Safer Against Infection
The team of technical experts at Aerapy encourages building owners, operators, and managers to prioritize the installation and use of advanced UV-C sanitizing technology in both new and existing buildings. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free consultation with us, call 866-994-2473 or write to us online.