Non-Toxic Indoor Air Disinfection

Non-Toxic Indoor Air Disinfection

group of people in lecture hall with indoor air disinfection
Non-toxic indoor air disinfection helps prevent the spread of sickness while reducing the use of harmful chemicals.

We spend a significant amount of our lives indoors – homes, offices, schools, you name it. While we seek shelter and comfort inside buildings, what we often don’t realize is that indoor air can be significantly more polluted than outdoor air. From dust and pollen to harmful chemicals and lurking viruses, the air we breathe indoors can put our health at risk. This can trigger allergies, worsen respiratory problems, and increase our chance of getting sick.

The desire for clean, disinfected air is something we’ve all become increasingly aware of in recent years. Unfortunately, traditional chemical disinfectants often raise as many health concerns as they solve. These products can release their own harmful chemicals into the environment, potentially causing irritation or even long-term health problems.

Is there a better way to sanitize the air we breathe without compromising our health further, right? The answer may lie in cutting-edge technology that harnesses a natural force. Farlite Solutions creates custom, non-toxic UV light disinfection systems designed to continuously sanitize indoor spaces. Unlike harsh chemicals, UV light leaves no harmful residue and its effectiveness against viruses and bacteria is backed by science.

Discover how non-toxic UV light technology can offer a healthier disinfection solution for your indoor spaces. Contact our team today for a free, custom indoor air disinfection quote.

Common Chemical Disinfectants 

When it comes to disinfecting, chemical solutions are often the first line of defense. These chemicals come in various forms like sprays, foggers, and surface cleaning products. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common ones.

  • Chlorine and Chlorine Compounds: Found in household bleach and many disinfectants, chlorine’s potent oxidizing power disrupts the cells of microorganisms. However, it can also irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Long-term exposure has been linked to more severe health issues.
  • Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. It’s associated with respiratory problems, skin irritation, and may increase the risk of certain cancers with prolonged exposure.
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats): Widely used in disinfecting wipes, sprays, and cleaning solutions, quats disrupt microbial cell membranes. Growing concerns surround their potential links to antibiotic resistance, and studies suggest they may contribute to respiratory issues.

Dangers of Chemicals to Your Health

While these chemicals undoubtedly have disinfecting properties, they pose several concerns. Many disinfectants release VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, and worsen respiratory conditions like asthma. Plus, these chemical residues can linger on surfaces and in the air, potentially leading to ongoing exposure.

It’s important to weigh the benefits of chemical disinfection against its potential drawbacks. While they can be effective, the question remains: is there a way to achieve clean, disinfected air without introducing new risks to our health and the environment?

The Pros and Cons of HEPA Filters

When it comes to air purification, HEPA filters excel at trapping airborne particles. These filters consist of tightly woven fibers that form a maze-like structure. As air passes through, particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, and even some microbes get physically trapped. True HEPA filters must remove at least 99.97% of particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger, ensuring a very high level of filtration.

While HEPA filters can be very effective at what they do, it’s important to understand their limitations:

  • HEPA filters are designed primarily for particle capture. They cannot remove odors or chemical pollutants from the air.
  • While they can trap some viruses and bacteria, their effectiveness depends on the particle size and whether the microorganism is attached to a larger particle. They don’t actively kill these pathogens.
  • These filters need regular replacement to maintain efficiency. As they get clogged, airflow decreases, putting strain on your HVAC system and leading to higher energy bills. Clogged filters can also become breeding grounds for captured microbes.

If your primary concern is removing airborne irritants like dust or pollen, HEPA filters offer excellent filtration. But for comprehensive indoor air disinfection, they simply cannot do the job thoroughly.

The Power of UV for Indoor Air Disinfection

Ultraviolet (UV) light exists on the electromagnetic spectrum beyond the visible light range. It’s divided into three categories: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. Of these, UV-C light, with its short wavelengths, has powerful germicidal properties. There’s a strong scientific basis behind the use of this light in indoor air disinfection.

UV-C disrupts the genetic material (DNA and RNA) of microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and mold. UV-C photons are absorbed by the microorganisms, triggering a reaction in their DNA/RNA strands. This prevents the microorganism from replicating its genetic code, effectively neutralizing it. This damage prevents them from replicating and essentially renders them harmless. 

Numerous studies attest to the disinfecting power of UV light. Research has shown its efficacy in inactivating viruses (including different strains of coronavirus), bacteria, and other pathogens. In fact, UV disinfection is a technology that has been used extensively in hospitals, water treatment facilities, and laboratories for decades. 

Safe and Effective Upper Air UV Disinfection Systems

Upper air UV systems offer a powerful and safe way to disinfect indoor air.  They provide continuous disinfection while allowing everyday activities to continue as normal within the space. This makes them an excellent tool for combating the spread of illnesses and improving overall indoor air quality. 

These fixtures are installed high on walls or ceilings, above the typical occupied zone of a room. The UV light is directed upwards and outwards, forming a disinfection zone in the upper air. Natural air circulation and convection currents carry airborne pathogens into this zone, exposing them to the disinfecting UV light. The design of upper air systems ensures that people in the room are not directly exposed to the UV-C radiation, making them safe for use in a wide range of spaces.

Ideal Spaces for UV Indoor Air Disinfection

The targeted, upper-room design makes this technology incredibly versatile. They can be placed almost anywhere, including:

  • Healthcare: Reduces the spread of airborne illnesses in waiting rooms, patient rooms, and operating theaters.
  • Schools: Lowers transmission risk in classrooms, cafeterias, and common areas, benefiting both students and staff.
  • Offices and Businesses: Contributes to a healthier work environment, potentially reducing sick days and boosting productivity.
  • Any Indoor Space: Restaurants, gyms, retail stores – the potential applications are numerous.

Breathe Easier with Farlite Solutions

Traditional chemical disinfection methods, while effective, often come with health and environmental concerns. HEPA filters are excellent but have their limitations. UV light disinfection offers a science-backed, highly effective alternative with the potential to transform indoor air quality.

If you’re ready to prioritize clean, healthy air without adding new toxins to your environment, it’s time to explore Farlite Solutions. We provide custom-tailored indoor air disinfection systems designed to meet the specific needs of your space. Contact us today to learn more about how we can partner with you to create a healthier indoor environment for your employees, customers, patients, or students.