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UV-C Technology in Air Purifiers: What You Need to Know

UV-C Technology

The evolution of air purification technologies has been pivotal in pursuing cleaner and safer indoor environments. 

Among the many options available, ultraviolet-C (UV-C) air purifier technology has emerged as a superior and innovative solution, setting new standards in the battle against airborne pathogens and pollutants. 

Unlike traditional air purifiers, UV-C technology harnesses the power of ultraviolet light to neutralize and eliminate a broad spectrum of harmful microorganisms, making it a compelling choice for those seeking an unparalleled level of air purification.

Please keep reading to learn more about how our UV-C technology applies to our state-of-the-art air purifiers! 

We’ll help you understand what sets this tech-driven approach apart, unraveling the science behind its microbial elimination prowess and its role in creating cleaner, healthier indoor environments.

What is UV-C Technology?

UV-C technology uses ultraviolet (UV) light in the C spectrum (specifically, wavelengths between 200 and 280 nanometers) for various applications, particularly in disinfection and sterilization processes. 

The technology is also called UV germicidal irradiation, or UVGI, which can inactivate or destroy microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

It works by attacking the DNA and RNA of harmful microorganisms, preventing them from reproducing, making the technology ideally suited for air and water purification applications.

Air purifiers equipped with UV-C tech are very energy-efficient and require low maintenance, offering a sustainable, stress-free, cost-effective solution for most people and spaces.

Did you know we are rarely exposed to this UV spectrum as the ozone layer in the stratosphere prevents UV-C rays from reaching the surface of the earth?

How Does UV-C Technology Work in Air Purifiers?

A UV-C lamp is strategically placed within the air purifier to emit this specialized light. Air circulates through the purifier and passes through the UV-C light, directly exposing airborne microorganisms. 

The UV-C light damages the genetic material of these microorganisms, disrupting their ability to reproduce and rendering them inactive.

AiriX Series combines UV-C energy's disinfection capabilities with Photocatalytic Oxidation and MERV filtration technologies. 

This combination provides the highest level (level 3) to disrupt a wide range of pathogens and pollutants, making it the most effective air purification product. 

In addition, it's easy to install, reliable and affordable.

Read more: Due to the global transmission of viruses such as Covid - RSV and flu and bacteria, the AirPuriX industrial-grade air purification systems will elevate the air quality in various workspaces.

Other Benefits of UV-C Technology in Air Purification

UV-C light can target and deactivate allergens like mold spores and pollen, which could benefit people suffering from allergies. 

In turn, eliminating microbes, allergens, and pathogens also improves air quality for a healthier indoor environment, reducing the risk of respiratory illnesses.

In most cases, people also use air purification units with UV-C when they want to reduce unpleasant smells. UV-C technology is known for its ability to break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which cause foul odors.

Comparing UV-C Air Purifiers with Traditional Air Purifiers

Traditional purifiers rely on filters and other solutions to trap large particles of pollen and debris but struggle with microbial particles.

The placement of a traditional air purifier needs to be considered for quiet spaces as the noise levels are variable.

UV-C lamps used in UV-C germicidal purifiers are silent and generally odorless. The bulbs may need replacing yearly, depending on the make and model.

FAQs About UV-C Air Purifiers

Are air purifiers with UV-C safe?

UV-C technology is generally very safe and installed correctly to prevent light leakage. Avoiding direct exposure to UV-C light is critical, as it can harm the eyes and skin. 

Some UV-C air purifiers also come equipped with special sensors that deactivate them whenever people are in the room to minimise any exposure risk. 

Maintenance is relatively low-key and not too demanding regarding UV-C air purifiers. However, it is still important to replace UV-C bulbs regularly to maintain your equipment as effective and well-performing as possible, especially over time.

Does UV-C light produce heat?

UV-C light itself does not produce significant heat. Still, although generally negligible, UV-C bulbs may emit a small amount of heat. 

UV-C is primarily not used as a heat source but precisely for its ability to disinfect without generating excessive heat. 

This makes UV-C bulbs excellent for applications where temperature control is crucial, such as in air purification and water treatment. 

This can help enhance such systems' overall performance and reliability, ensuring top performance.

How long do UV-C bulbs last?

Estimates about bulb longevity might vary based on make and model, but generally speaking, the lifespan of UV-C bulbs typically ranges from 9,000 to 15,000 hours of continuous use.

Most manufacturers recommend that users replace them after about a year to ensure optimal performance and effectiveness. 

Regular maintenance and monitoring are also crucial steps for reliable UV-C bulb operation. UV-C bulbs are also relatively inexpensive.

The brand, type, and lifespan might influence the cost factor! The good news? You can expect top performance from most UV-C bulbs, especially in air purifiers.

Please browse our selection of AirPuriX products that are ideal for professional, commercial, and medical applications.

Do you need some more insight? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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