In commercial indoor environments, viruses, bacteria, mold, and other illness-causing microorganisms can travel through air currents. These pathogens are not visible to the naked eye, but they are present and may be responsible for infection transmission among the occupants. UV sanitizing lights fitted in the building’s HVAC and upper room areas are one of the most effective ways to fight indoor air infection risks.
Aerosolized Viruses Remain More Viable in Absence of UV Light
Researchers at the Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC have determined that the indoor environment plays a key role in the viability of aerosolized viruses to cause infection. The research team found that exposure to sunlight (which contains UV) resulted in SARS-CoV-2 aerosols losing 90% of their viability within as little as six minutes.
On the other hand, in an environment that lacked UV light, the aerosolized virus particles remained viable for more than two hours. The research study indicated that indoor environments could be particularly vulnerable when ultraviolet light is lacking and the virus has a greater chance of becoming more concentrated. This conclusion substantially supports the view that UV sanitizing lights might be the best option to protect against infection in indoor spaces.
Aerapy UV Sanitizing Lights Can Kill 99.9% of Pathogens
Independent laboratory tests show that Aerapy UV sanitizing lights destroyed over 99.9% of bacterial and virus pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Moreover, the tests showed that 99.97% of SARS-CoV-2 was destroyed in a single air pass.
Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona found that Aerapy UV sanitizing lights reduced airborne pathogenic concentrations by as much as 99.96%. The tested pathogens in this study included Bacteriophage MS2, which is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus known to infect E. Coli bacterium.
Over 87% Reduction in Upper Respiratory Infections with Aerapy UV Lights
Aerapy UV sanitizing lights can reduce the incidence of infections of the upper respiratory tract in animal subjects by 87.1%. This phenomenal finding was determined as part of a 3-year retrospective field study where Aerapy UV sanitizing light systems were continuously operated in HVAC units and upper air indoor environments. The results of this field study were published in the prestigious Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (November 2020).
Why Your Indoor Environment Needs Infection Protection with UV Technology
For decades, germicidal UV-C, which powers Aerapy UV sanitizing light systems, has been recognized as a rapid and chemical-free method of eliminating indoor air infection. Germicidal UV-C light inactivates or kills disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and fungi by damaging their ability to replicate and spread infection.
Using this scientifically tested, reliable, and cost-effective technology, you can provide highly effective protection for your indoor occupants and visitors against harmful microbes present in the indoor air.
For businesses, it is vital to demonstrate their commitment to protecting employees from infection risks as workers gradually return to physical workspaces. Facility managers and building owners can show that their facility is equipped with UV sanitizing lights to provide a safer indoor air environment for building occupants and visitors.
Schedule Your Complimentary UV Consultation Today
From upper room UV sanitizing lights for immediate, targeted disinfection to total building disinfection with UV for HVAC systems, in addition to UV disinfection for transport vehicles, Aerapy offers comprehensive UV solutions to meet the unique needs of commercial, office, or industrial indoor environments. Talk to us at 866-994-2473 or contact us online to schedule your free UV consultation.