Health experts agree that one of the best ways to promote long-term health is to keep indoor air pure and free of both particulate contaminates as well as germs, bacteria, and other microbes. Today’s consumer is fortunate to have a wide variety of air purification systems to choose from, including air filters that more efficiently deal with microbial organisms than the air filters of years past. When it comes to choosing an air purifier and filtration system that will deal with these microscopic organisms, a filter that provides UV air purification may be the best choice to meet your needs.
Ultraviolet Air Cleansing: The Basics
Unlike other air filtration systems that depend on HEPA filters or other devices to trap dust and other particles, UV air filtration uses state-of-the-art ultraviolet light technology to keep viruses and other microorganisms from reproducing and infecting a home, office, or other indoor space. Ultraviolet light damages the genetic material that controls the reproduction of these organisms, making it impossible for them to reproduce. This stops these illness-inducing microbes in their tracks and prevents the spread of various diseases and other problems. A UV light air purification system often combines a UV lamp with a traditional filter in order to maximize both the removal of particulate matter from the air and the killing of germs and bacteria.
UV purification is most effective when the microorganisms have prolonged contact with the UV lamp. The longer that a virus or other organism is bathed in UV light, the greater the damage to its DNA and its ability to replicate itself. Furthermore, while UV air treatment can be useful in reducing the spread of viruses and other microbes, a UV air filter should be used in concert with other disease-prevention measures. Purifying air with ultraviolet light is no replacement for the regular disinfection that occurs when one cleans a home or office, but when used in concert with traditional cleaning methods, UV light purification can enhance any plan or system that is in place to reduce the spread of diseases.
Ultraviolet Light and Catalytic Molecules
Many UV air purification devices combine UV light with the production of catalytic molecules in order to improve overall indoor air quality. UV filtration will assist in the removal of germs from the air, but it is less effective at reducing particulate matter from smoke and other pollutants. Thus, UV filters are often paired with other filters in order to provide the most effective air cleaning possible. One of the ways in which the improved UV filtration technology is done is through the use of advanced hydration photocatalytic (AHPCO) technology. AHPCO technology produces catalytic molecules that destroy carbon-based contaminants that UV light alone cannot take care of.
In our UV filters that include an AHPCO cell and catalyst, ultraviolet light reacts with the catalyst to produce these catalytic molecules. These molecules then convert smoke, bacteria, and other contaminants into carbon dioxide and water vapor, removing the pollution from the air. The advantage of such filters is that they use very little electricity and do not require the replacement of filters such as is necessary in traditional filtration systems. This saves money over time, making the purchase of these filters a good investment.
Mobile UV Filters
The versatility of AHPCO technology means that it can be used not only in traditional home and commercial air filters but also in portable filtration systems. We also offer several smaller UV light cleaning devices that can be mounted in a car or otherwise used on the go. These mobile Air Sanifiers® use the same method of filtration as our larger AHPCO filters, but their reduced size makes them easy to place in areas where a traditional filter just will not do. In addition to placement in vehicles, these filters are ideal for studio apartments, dorm rooms, or other small enclosed spaces.