Some Thoughts About Ultraviolet Germicidal Light

Many people wonder if ultraviolet germicidal light is what they need in today’s home or office. Should it be installed in the air system or be mobile?

It seems there is truly some misunderstanding of ultraviolet germicidal light. Are these the same harmful rays that come from the sun? Is it something else? Something strange? No matter who you talk to you won’t get the same answer.

This is mostly because they overlook the word germicidal. Everyone knows too much sun just won’t do. We’re all in agreement on that. But how does it work, this germicidal? Who said that it works? Some say studies may have been sponsored and paid for by the manufacturer. Most people believe this to be an advertising gimmick. Information must come from Universities, Hospitals and the ones that use them.

A “Germicidal,” is an agent that kills germs and pathogenic microorganisms such as mold, viruses and bacteria. A germicidal also acts as a disinfectant. There seems to be good in the light we all fear. To make the light germicidal it must be ultraviolet, a wavelength of light invisible to the human eye.

Dr. Cath Noakes from the University of Leeds’ Faculty of Engineering said, “to be most effective, ventilation systems need to create a constant flow of treated air down to floor level, and potentially force air towards the light.”

Ultraviolet lights could reduce the spread of tuberculosis in hospital wards and waiting rooms by 70 per cent, according to a new study involving research. The study, published in PLoS Medicine today, explores the transmission of tuberculosis.

St. Mary’s Hospital in London will be the first hospital to have them in the UK. Plans are already underway to install upper room UV lights in the chest clinic.

Home and business owners across the country are using or looking very hard at the solutions presented by using ultraviolet germicidal light. Office managers are looking to find help in decreasing illnesses that keep employees away from their jobs, thereby increasing production. The itchy eyes and runny noses brought about by allergies are also part of the problem.

Everything that universities and people are saying leads to one conclusion: we need clean air. The evidence suggests that the use of ultraviolet sterilized air will clean things up. How? By using high-quality filters to take out the allergens, then using the ultraviolet light to kill the microorganisms.

For offices and homes with forced air systems, put your set up in the ducts. Most everyone can do the installation themselves. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes. Change your dirty air filters every 3 to 6 months and the ultraviolet germicidal lamp one time per year. some lamps have a two year life cycle.

For those who want only to clear the air in a specific spot, use the mobile, self-contained or corner units. Just like with the permanent installations, these must have the combination of ultraviolet light and a hepa filter to be the most effective. Moving clean air over the ultraviolet germicidal light is the key. People take their portable air cleaners to the bedroom or any place in the house they want to clean the air.

We spend over 80% of our time a home. This seems the best place to start.

Businesses use them in their waiting areas or other areas that the people congregate. A corner or wall works the best. Those that are using them claim workers seem happier! Happier people take less time away from work and less time off for illnesses. Remove the pollens and viruses before they cause a problem – that is the key.