Germs are everywhere, including in the air we breathe. With concerns about many diseases, including COVID-19, influenza, and other airborne diseases, indoor air disinfection is a must. One question many commercial building managers ask is exactly how to disinfect air so it’s free from germs. For instance, you might be wondering if it’s better to get UV disinfection or air purifiers. We’ll explore just this question in this blog.
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Why Indoor Air Disinfection is Important
Before we get into the differences between upper air UV disinfection and air purifiers, first let’s talk about why indoor air disinfection is essential. Many germs are airborne, meaning that they can spread through the very air we breathe. For instance, some common airborne pathogens include influenza, COVID-19, measles, mumps, and whooping cough. These germs get into the air by infected people breathing, talking, sneezing, or coughing. Unfortunately, this can happen even before the person knows that they’re sick.
This is especially an issue where many people congregate, such as in commercial buildings. In these instances, there are a lot of germs floating around in the air that can potentially make a lot of people sick at one time. That’s why so many building owners are looking for indoor air disinfection solutions to kill germs before they can make people sick. Of course, it can be hard to choose an effective solution. For instance, is UV disinfection or air purification better at addressing germs?
Is UV Light Disinfection or an Air Purifier Better?
UV light disinfection is a proven method for disinfecting air, water, and surfaces. These lights essentially kill the germs with ultraviolet rays, making them harmless to humans. We’ve been using this technology for decades in medical facilities and water treatment plants. However, recent advances now make it possible to disinfect air in buildings. These lights work by creating a disinfection barrier in the upper area of a room so that, as germs float up in the air, they are quickly killed by the UV light. For instance, UVPhasor is more than 99.9% effective against pathogens like COVID-19, MRSA, and VRE. These lights are also commonly known as upper air germicidal UV.
By contrast, air purifiers are essentially fans with a filter. Filters can capture a lot of pollutants and contaminants like dust as they pass through the filter. Sometimes, germs may be attached to these particles, so they can sometimes reduce the number of germs in the air. However, there are several drawbacks. One is that many germs are far too small for filters to capture. Also, they need regular maintenance through filter replacement to work properly, sometimes monthly or more. Therefore, when it comes to indoor air disinfection, air purifiers may not be as effective or as user-friendly for large commercial spaces compared to UV light disinfection options.
UV Indoor Air Disinfection Solutions from Farlite
Our team at Farlite Solutions offers customized options for UV air disinfection through our advanced UVPhasor. UVPhasors help kill germs as they float through the air continuously, even in occupied spaces. Our UV light disinfection solutions utilize sophisticated technology for monitoring for conditions that affect disinfection effectiveness. They also provide device health monitoring so you have peace of mind you’re always protected. Become Farlite protected today!