UVC filters: Make sure you’re getting the real thing

We’ve spent much time singing the praises of UVC light filtration. Germicidal UVC filters are one of the most effective ways to eliminate micro-organisms and other harmful particulate matter from the air. These filters can be installed in air conditioning systems, fitted as ceiling lamps to decontaminate unoccupied rooms, as mobile units, or integrated into air filtration systems.

There is a wealth of information about UVC online which is increasing daily and as interest in the technology continues to grow, it can be confusing to know the difference between types of UVC available and which will suit your needs best.

UVC air filters are used to dramatically reduce exposure to viruses, bacteria, mould, and pollutants. This makes any given public space a far safer, healthier place to be – which is an issue of particular concern as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. However, this is only the case if you can be confident that the UVC air filtration unit you’ve purchased is up to the job. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that because a product uses UVC, this means automatic protection, it doesn’t. There are many serious factors to consider.

This is why we wanted to write a short article introducing the type of UVC lamps used in Rejuvenair units. 

Our lamps are provided by the only manufacturer in the world whose product passes governmental and academic standards. This is one of the things that makes Rejuvenair air filtration units unique. We’ll explain more.

Medical-grade UVC technology

The lamps were tested by the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Homeland Security to verify their fitness for use in medical contexts. The EPA provides unbiased, third-party performance information that can supplement sales literature. 

The EPA independently verified that the lamps Rejuvenair uses deliver an average of six times the output of other ultraviolet devices on the market under HVAC operating conditions. According to their report, these lamps achieved 99.96 % destruction in a single pass on airborne bacteria, 99% on viruses and 96% on spores.

The results were so convincing that the same units have been approved for use by NATO, and the British Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy. This type of UVC germicidal lamp is deployed in settings where there may be a risk of Ebola, tuberculosis, or other potentially lethal pathogens. 

Peer-review and independently verified

The lamps used by Rejuvenair have also been tested and peer-reviewed in academic journals. As part of a study published in the Journal of Perinatology, the panel concluded that when fitted as part of an HVAC system, microbial contamination was substantially reduced. This particular study was conducted in a neonatal intensive care unit, where they were exploring ways to reduce instances of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in patients.

The study monitored the ongoing health of the ward’s occupants. Throughout the trial period, not only were VAP cases reduced but doctors and nurses reported a reduction in the need for antibiotics. Although further randomised trials were recommended, the results were certainly compelling. 

Quality you can trust

It’s independent testing and trials like those discussed here that make these particular UVC lamps the only product of their kind that is endorsed by The Infection Prevention Society. No other germicidal UVC lamp can make this claim – and that’s what makes the technology unique. 

Combined with these ultra effective, world class UVC lamps, state of the art engineering and the latest Internet of Things technology, Rejuvenair ensures that the air in the room is clean, fresh, and safe. Providing airflow at a standard rate, Rejuvenair units pass air through the UVC chamber at the optimal rate for killing the microorganisms that cause respiratory illness. 

Ultimately, if it’s good enough for the MoD, imagine what it could do for the health of your employees and visitors to your building. Click here to learn more about the science behind Rejuvenair.