Humans breathe more than 20,000 times a day on average. In offices, factories, healthcare facilities, and other commercial buildings, harmful microorganisms in the air can easily circulate if even one person is infected with an airborne illness-causing virus. Maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) using science-backed UV-C sanitizing is vital for the health and well-being of the building occupants.
Indoor Air Puts You at a Greater Risk than Outdoor Air
One of the widespread misconceptions is that outdoor air pollution causes more harm than indoor air. However, the truth is that indoor air can be up to five times more harmful than outdoor air, particularly in modern buildings that have little natural sunlight or open-air circulation.
Four out of five people are at risk of respiratory problems or other health conditions because of poor indoor air quality. As many as 900 toxins and harmful pathogens may be present in the indoor air that can have immediate as well as long-term effects on the health of an exposed individual. Fortunately, UV-C sanitizing is a proven solution to eliminate pathogens in indoor air, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Indoor Air Quality is Critical to Mitigating Airborne Infection Risks
It is now well known that SARS-CoV-2 primarily spreads through respiratory aerosols released in indoor air environments when an infected person talks, laughs, sneezes, or coughs. The microscopic aerosols can get transmitted much farther than large droplets and can remain afloat in the air for extended periods of time.
While a commercial indoor space by itself cannot fight a viral outbreak, it can be fitted with cutting-edge UV-C sanitizing technology from Aerapy to improve indoor air quality and minimize the risk of viral transmission. As a point of interest, one research study model indicates that improving indoor air quality can effectively reduce virus transmission equivalent to vaccinating more than half the population.
How UV-C Sanitizing Works to Enhance Indoor Air Quality
Eliminating SARS-CoV-2 or other harmful pathogens is possible with UV light integrated in HVAC systems or in standalone upper room devices. But it must be the right UV. Independent laboratory tests, field studies, and university-backed research show that Aerapy UV-C sanitizing technology kills more than 99.9% of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, in the air in one air pass and on surfaces in just 2 seconds. Competitive air sanitizing technology can take up to 30 minutes, but the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as other airborne infectious diseases, can spread in a matter of seconds.
As employees return to physical workspaces, customers engage in physical meetings and visits, and the business world gradually returns to normality, it is time to pay attention to fortifying your building or facility against the risks of airborne infection. UV-C sanitizing devices from Aerapy provide a powerful defense system when it comes to protection from harmful pathogens in the indoor air environment.
UV-C radiation is germicidal because its short and powerful wavelength can destroy the DNA of infectious pathogens in the indoor air. Once the genetic material of the harmful virus or bacteria is deactivated, it eliminates their ability to proliferate and spread disease.
UV-C devices for HVAC systems in indoor environments are integrated with the air handler unit to kill airborne viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens and create a protective shield against indoor air infection risks. The UV-C device for HVAC also keeps coils clean, allowing for improved energy efficiency and airflow throughout the building. In addition to UV for HVAC, upper air UV devices are crucial for immediate, targeted disinfection. Aerapy’s upper room units include the option of built-in fans to circulate air more quickly and for faster air disinfection.
Aerapy UV-C Sanitizing Lights Kill SARS-CoV-2
Since 2008, the team at Aerapy has led innovation in the field of UV-C sanitizing to improve indoor air quality in commercial indoor spaces as well as transport and service vehicles. We offer advanced and proven germicidal UV devices for HVAC and upper air and surface disinfection. Give us a call today at 866-994-2473 or write to us online to request free UV consultation.