Schools Need Indoor Air Disinfection for Airborne Germs

Schools Need Indoor Air Disinfection for Airborne Germs

Teacher sneezing in front of students in a classroom with indoor air disinfection from Farlite.
Indoor air disinfection can help protect students, faculty, and staff from many germs.

Schools can be breeding grounds for germs. Many people associate the school year with increased illnesses. Even older college students often notice higher rates of illness during the studious fall, winter, and spring months. However, the good news is that there are indoor air disinfection solutions that are accessible and affordable for schools and universities through germicidal ultraviolet lights. Let’s explore some key things to know about using UV rays to disinfect the air in schools to keep teachers, students, staff, and parents healthy. 

Address airborne germs in your school today – reach out now to request a proposal for UVPhasor indoor air disinfection devices.

Why is Indoor Air Disinfection Necessary for Schools and Universities?

Schools and universities can be a major source of disease transmission. Airborne germs are particularly a concern. While germs that live on surfaces can make people sick, you can mitigate risks by encouraging proper hand hygiene and regular surface disinfection. However, with germs in the air, you can hardly ask students not to breathe in case they release or take in germ particles. Airborne illnesses commonly found in schools include:

  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • COVID-19
  • RSV
  • Measles

However, indoor air disinfection measures can help prevent people from getting sick in your school. For instance, UV devices can kill germs as they float through the air to reduce the risk of serious illness outbreaks in your school. This way, you can support in-person learning while also reducing health risks to those in your school building. 

It’s important to consider how to kill germs in your school. The fewer illnesses that spread through your school, the fewer missed days and low cognitive performance tied to illnesses like colds, flu, COVID, and other issues.

How Does UV Light Disinfection Work to Reduce Disease Transmission in Schools?

UV light disinfection offers a solution for indoor air disinfection that works well in school and university buildings. You can use these devices in classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other rooms in your building. 

UV light disinfection relies on ultraviolet rays to kill germs as they float through the air. As warm air rises to the top of the room naturally, it brings with it germ particles like viruses that room occupants breathe into the air. Once they reach the top of the room where the disinfecting barrier zone is, the ultraviolet-C light penetrates the germs to damage proteins, DNA, and RNA in the germ. This “kills” the germ by inactivating it and making it unable to infect people. 

UV disinfection is commonly used in tandem with increased ventilation rates. This allows you to reduce the number of potential germs in the air by bringing in more fresh outdoor air and killing germs present in the indoor air inside the room. This is important, as studies show that these solutions can reduce airborne virus transmission by up to 80% according to the USGBC. 

Get UV Disinfection to Protect Your Students, Faculty, and Staff

Start addressing airborne illnesses in your school building today with Farlite. We offer advanced UV light disinfection devices to kill germs in the air. Our UVPhasor devices use proven UV disinfection technology and offer sophisticated features for safety and performance, including device health monitors and auto shut-off for human detection in the disinfection barrier zone. Contact us now to request a custom proposal for your building.