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Category: Airborne Viruses

The Benefits of Optimizing Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace

 

Provide a healthful indoor environment while reducing energy costs

In general, the better people physically feel, the happier and more motivated they will be. Walking into a workplace that smells old and musty or one that triggers allergies is not going to create the most positive attitude among employees. However, the implementation of a strategic Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) plan utilizing a combination of air filtration, ultraviolet (UV) light and photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) can greatly improve employee outlook and sense of well being, without breaking the bank. In fact the return on investment can be amazingly short.

 

Air Filtration

Many allergy triggers – like dust, mold and pollen – can be dramatically reduced when using quality air filters. Integrated into HVAC, air filters capture dust, pollen and large mold spores that enter the air handler, preventing them from returning to the workspace. This can reduce the severity of allergy symptoms employees may experience.

Quality filtration also lowers HVAC maintenance and energy costs. As air travels through ductwork, it can deposit the dust, mold and pollen particles, which creates buildup and requires professional cleaning. Filters dramatically reduce the potential build up of dirt and debris, which results in fewer maintenance visits. Filters save energy simply because a clean HVAC system runs more efficiently.

 

Ultraviolet Light Treatment

When employees come to work sick they introduce germs into the office airflow. Some germs will be distributed office-wide via the HVAC system, contributing to the spread of office illness. The application of ultraviolet (UV) light in the air handler can help reduce this distribution. When passed through UV light a microbe’s DNA is disrupted, rendering it harmless. UV disinfects the circulating air, reducing airborne illness-causing bacteria and viruses.

HVAC systems are also prone to mold growth on interior surfaces due to the naturally wet surfaces inside the equipment. If the system is generating allergens, then the IAQ problem is exacerbated. The installation of UV lights in the air handler not only prevents mold growth and therefore allergen generation, it keeps unwanted biogrowth from clogging the cooling coil. UV keeps contamination under control, but also can virtually eliminate expensive, environmentally un-friendly coil cleanings.

 

Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) and Odor Reduction

Office air can be polluted with other undesirable substances. Among the most common are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are gases that are released by certain solids or liquids at room temperature. The odors resulting from this process can be irritating and some are detrimental to your health. New carpeting, fresh paint, or even the smell of hot copier toner and everyday solvents can cause respiratory distress for some people. There are hundreds of VOC odors that can potential exist in an office environment.

Photocatalytic oxidation is a relatively new air purification process that specifically addresses VOCs and serves as an airstream disinfectant as well. The system includes a titanium dioxide coated grid energized by UV light. It creates a very effective oxidation process that breaks down VOC molecules into CO2 and water vapor. It is even powerful enough to break down cigarette smoke.

 

Everybody Benefits

It is easy to see how creating an indoor air quality strategy could be a win-win situation for both a business and the people who work there.  It goes without saying that happy, well taken care of and respected employees tend to do a better job. So think about your office. Would you benefit from better IAQ?

 

To learn more about Ultravation professional IAQ products, visit our website: www.ultravation.com

 

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Ultraviolet Light Helps Fight Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu season has hit Americans hard this year. In fact, according to the CDC over 5,000 people have been hospitalized already, and we’re not even through the season yet. After picking up a bug at school, work or any other public place, we bring it home and spread it even further. But you can help reduce or eliminate the spreading of germs throughout your home by using UV light in your air handler.

As infected air passes through an HVAC system, it carries germs from one room to another. But Ultraviolet (UVC) light, a natural component of sunlight, eliminates many bacterium, viruses, odors and allergens by disrupting their DNA and rendering them harmless. By installing a UV light in your HVAC system, you can restrict the amount of germs that get re-circulated through your home, keeping you and your family healthier during this high Flu season.

Even though the Flu is a respiratory illness, it is generally not transmitted by air (unless in close proximity). Using UV light can still help prevent it from wreaking havoc in your household. If germs keep getting re-circulated through your home, you run the risk of being perpetually sick, weakening your immune system. Then the Flu can sneak in and hit you hard. By reducing the amount of other germs you are exposed to, you give your body a better chance to fight off the Flu more quickly, if you should happen to catch it. Now, because the Flu is a direct and indirect contact virus, it is important to take other precautions as well. Keep your hands washed and surfaces disinfected. If you sneeze or cough, use a tissue instead of your hands if you can.

 

Want to know the Flu level in your area? Track the Flu using this handy tool.

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Building a Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality System

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the importance of scheduled replacements of UV lamps and air filters to keep indoor air quality optimized. But did you know that combining ultraviolet light disinfection and air filtration creates a comprehensive IAQ system that adds up to more than the sum of its parts? By working together, these units can eliminate a much wider range of indoor air contaminants then they ever could separately. Let’s take a deeper look:

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How often should your UV lamps be changed and why?

The frequency of changing a UV lamp for effective indoor air quality improvement depends on how you are using the system. Typically, a UV lamp being used primarily to disinfect the air circulating through a home or small office should be replaced every 9000 hours or approximately every 12 months. For people with respiratory conditions or other acute sensitivities, we strongly recommend keeping to an annual lamp replacement schedule for the best control of airborne microorganisms and allergens. Read the rest of this entry »

Ultravation to showcase their indoor air quality treatment products at the 2012 AHR EXPO – January 23-25, 2012

Ultravation® UVPhotoMAX™ shown with EZ-Light™ enhancement

Ultravation® will be exhibiting at the AHR EXPO on January 23-25, 2012. The 64th International Air-conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition will be held at McCormick Place North & South in Chicago, Illinois and is where 52,000+ contractors, engineers, distributors, facility managers, OEMs, and other professionals from all over the world will convene to learn about new products and resources for the HVAC&R professional and how they can use them to improve their business and sales. The AHR EXPO will provide access to more than 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services.

Visit Ultravation’s exhibit (booth 6391) which will showcase their extensive product line of Indoor Air Quality systems including the UVPhotoMAX™ air purifier. It uses TWO-bands of UV light in its ReFresh™ photocatalytic advanced oxidation (PCO) system to destroy airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens while neutralizing hundreds of common household VOC odors. Read the rest of this entry »

Ultravation Enhances IAQ for Children at The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development in Ohio

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development chose the Ultravation Photronic – our multistage total air purification system to disinfect and deodorize the air for their classrooms’ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) improvement. Here is what the owner, Jim Nerpouni had to say about the Photronic system… Read the rest of this entry »

UV Lamp Air Disinfection

Ultraviolet light to control airborne allergens and microorganisms

Our strategic partner, Philips Lighting, in their article Protecting our world: Philips ultraviolet lamps – for the purification of water, air and surfaces brochure shares with us that  “Air pollution is … a predominant factor in the spread of common diseases such as flu epidemics… ”

Learn how Ultravation’s UltraMAX™, a whole house germicidal UV air and surface disinfection treatment system, can improve the healthfulness of the air in your entire home. UVC light is well known to kill bacteria and viruses. UltraMAX™ features advanced UVC lamp technology to disinfect the air and stop mold growth on HVAC coils and other interior HVAC surfaces.

View Philips’ articles in UV Lamps for purification brochure

UV Purification and Disinfection Applications

uvp_application_imageOur supplier, Philips Lighting, has published a UV Purification Application brochure highlighting how techniques in purification using ultraviolet light (UVC) have benefits of efficiency and energy effectiveness.

View the UV Purification Application brochure

Learn how Ultravations’ UltraMAX uses the natural power of ultraviolet light to control airborne allergens and microorganisms — bacteria, viruses and mold growth on HVAC interior surfaces.

FLU ATTACK! How a virus invades your body

virus attacking the body

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Here is an interesting and clear depiction of just how a virus, such as the flu, invades the body and how it manages to make you ill.

View video – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114075029

Thanks to NPR.org.

UV Airstream Disinfection and Airborne Viruses

UVC is a proven disinfectant and is in use around the world to help reduce the concentration of all types of pathogens suspended in the air.

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View Philips UVC lighting hospital video

Airborne viruses, such as the flu virus, do not differ from other microorganisms in that it is vulnerable to doses of UVC light — just as other germs are, ranging from the “regular” flu virus to the common cold. It is a well accepted technology and has been in use for many years in a variety of public spaces including hospitals. At right is a link to a video clip produced by Philips lighting, the worldwide lighting manufacturer headquartered in Europe—and a strategic partner for us with our own manufacturing—showing the application of UVC lighting for air disinfection in European hospitals.