Cold and flu season isn’t quite here yet, but most of us are already concerned about infections and contagions. As summer transitions into fall and back to school season begins, person-to-person contact increases—especially among children. Therefore, the likelihood of picking up an infection or pathogen increases as well. Hospital staff and other medical workers are especially at risk.
Most of us know the basics of protecting ourselves from disease, such as washing and sanitizing our hands frequently. However, technology plays a role in this, too. Ultraviolet (UV) lights can do plenty to protect you from pathogens and infections, both in your hospital and your home.
Why UV Lights Are Needed
In this age of sterilization and vigilant sanitation, some might wonder why UV lights are necessary in the battle against infections. One reason is that many of today’s pathogens are antibiotic resistant. The CDC reports that more than two million people get sick from these pathogens each year and that at least 75,000 die. Many of these antibiotic resistant infections are known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). According to the CDC, HAIs kill more people each year than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined.
Many antibiotic resistant pathogens, including HAIs, are airborne. Thus, they easily spread through their environment without detection. Mechanical and functional operations, such as light fixtures, are the pathways that these pathogens often use.
How UV Lights Keep People Healthy
To be effective, UV lights must work in tandem with HVAC systems because of how easily infections spread through mechanical pathways. Integrating UV lights with HVAC systems prevents unplanned airflow and decreases the size of air-building envelopes. Additionally, UV lights can significantly reduce the bioaerosols that often slip through non-integrated ductwork. Bioaerosols include mold, mildew, and various kinds of bacteria, all of which can cause serious diseases.
When a UV light is installed in your HVAC system, it penetrates the DNA of any bacteria or other microorganism that tries to slip through the ventilation. This disrupts the microorganisms’ life cycles and, in many cases, kills them. In addition, UV lights actually make your clinic, hospital, or home’s cooling system more efficient by reducing humidity in the air. It keeps mold spores, mildew, and other contaminants from breeding.
Are UV Lights Safe?
Ultraviolet lighting gets plenty of negative press, but it’s safe to use in your home, hospital, or clinic. Within an HVAC system, UV lights operate on wavelengths. This ensures your patients or family members aren’t constantly exposed to the potentially harmful effects of UV light. It also ensures cool and heated air are dispersed efficiently through your building, which helps people maintain comfort and keeps them safe from bioaerosols.
Contact Us For Professional Advice
Winter means less Vitamin D and more time indoors, both of which make our immune systems weaker. Whether you’re considering UV lights for your home or your hospital, it can save you—and possibly your patients and employees—time away from work and fewer overall health concerns.
If you’re a medical professional concerned about pathogens, or if you’d like a safe and easy way to keep your home healthy, contact us about adding UV lights to your HVAC system. We’ll consult with you to determine what setup best fits your needs.