So, what are the important benefits of UV-C being used for disinfection?
You’ve probably read about UVC in the news. With the coming of the Coronavirus the world has been scrambling for solutions. One of those being harnessing the power of the sun. The sun produces lots of different wavelengths of light. Some are visible while others are not. Amongst the invisible spectrum is Ultra Violet or UV light. UV light comes in a few different wave lengths as well. UVA which is known for tanning, UVB which has therapeutic properties, and UVC which is germicidal. Powerful enough UVC light can kill 99.99% of germs and even black mold.
- Safety: No other technology has shown itself to be as effective at preventing the spread of disease. UVC kills 99.99% of germs including Coronaviruses. However, it’s important to have a complete UVC solution. Buying a cheap lamp off of Amazon or Kickstarter is not a UVC system. There a lot of factors that go into a UVC system, such as air flow, the number of people coming in and out of a facility, as well as wattage and the actual wave lengths. UVC light can also damage eyes and irritate skin if not used correctly so it’s important to work with an expert to make sure all these factors are addressed.
- Environment: While UVC systems don’t completely negate the need for chemical disinfection it can greatly reduce the use of hazardous chemicals. This is much better for the environment inside an outside of your facility or home. The bulbs are also incredibly long lasting and require a very small amount of electricity.
- Confidence: Reopen your facility knowing that you are keeping your employees and clients safe. While there are too many variables involved to guarantee the safety of your organization we can confidently say with a UVC system that you are providing a much safer environment.
- No or low maintenance: Our lamps (or bulbs) last 18,000 hours and considering it typically takes at most 20 minutes to sterilize a room you can plan on not changing bulbs for 20 to 30 years!
- Ease of use: When our systems are combined with motion sensors, timers, scheduler you’ll never need to think twice about them doing their job.
A question that is often asked is, “If this is so great why is it just now becoming popular?”.
Answer: While UVC has been used for disinfection for over 100 years there has never been a greater understanding of the need for disinfection in public spaces. Most infectious diseases don’t spread like Covid-19. The typical flu virus causes visible symptoms relatively quickly which leads to a self quarantine (you stay in bed when you are sick). Covid-19 can seemingly spread through people with no apparent symptoms. Also, UVC systems where generally to cost prohibitive for most places. They weren’t worth the investment. However, we are now seeing just what an economic impact a pandemic can have. Having a system in place that allows facilities to stay open during a pandemic makes a lot more sense now.