Three months have passed since the first US case of COVID-19 appeared and the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the nation The Virus, which was first reported in China late last year, is challenging life as we know it. Self-distancing is the new norm and everything from large gatherings to everyday activities are being cancelled or suspended. Government and businesses alike are doubling down on precautionary measures to help slow the spread of the disease, but is there an answer in the HVAC technology we already have?
Ultraviolet Light Kills Viruses
It has long been understood by scientists that broad spectrum UV light can damage and destroy various types of pathogens by destroying the molecular bonds that hold their DNA together. A fairly recent study at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University found that continuous low doses of far ultraviolet C (Far-UVC) light can kill airborne flu and other viruses without harming human tissues. Dr. Michael Gross, Chief Medical Officer at Huntington Hospital in N.Y. puts it nicely, when he says: “Though hand-washing remains critically important, it does not prevent every instance of transmission. Immunization and antiviral medications are also important, but again, have limitations. It appears that low-dose far-UV light is safe and effective and has the advantage of inactivating a wide range of disease-causing viruses.”
UV Air Cleaning Systems Leave Buildings Healthier and More Efficient
A HVAC UV air cleaning system uses this unique power of UV light to effectively and inexpensively kill viruses and pathogens that pass through an air distribution system. When installed near the coils of your cooling system, a Honeywell Ultraviolet Treatment System zaps surface mold, allergens, and pathogens that otherwise thrive on your cooling coils. This cleaning technology works similar to those that have been used to sanitize hospitals, pharmacies and professional kitchens for nearly 50 years. In addition to its virus-fighting capabilities, it can also:
- Eliminate up to 99.9% of mold spores in your system
- Kill up to 87% of certain airborne bacteria in the system
- Help maintain system efficiency and airflow, which saves money by not having to clean coils as often
As many scramble to slow the spread of coronavirus, there is a proven and effective virus-fighting technology already available. UV air cleaning systems provide the opportunity to kill diseases, like coronavirus, from within homes and other buildings by leveraging HVAC units already in place. Contact us at 1-800-GO-Earth to install a UV air cleaning system and support peace of mind, healthier buildings and happier owners.