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5 Uses of UV Disinfection

Jun. 07, 2021

As a facility manager, any investment you make in equipment needs to have a very clear purpose. UV technology can be a sound investment for many different types of facilities because UV disinfection is, in fact, appropriate for many different situations. The following are five ways in which various facilities can effectively utilize UV disinfection, as shared by UV Disinfection Lamp Suppliers.

Air disinfection

Any facility that requires disinfection of air spaces can use UV for disinfection to some degree. Air needs to be in full contact with UV light, which makes this type of disinfection more effective for still or stagnant air than for moving air. To improve the effectiveness of air disinfection, many facilities choose to install UV Disinfection Lamps in the upper levels of the room so that the air will be cleaner as it naturally circulates. Facilities may also choose to install UV lamps near the coils and drain pans of cooling systems such as air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, which prevents bacteria from growing in these cool, humid environments and eventually being released into the air.

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Water Disinfection and Wastewater Treatment

Facilities can also use UV light to disinfect water and even for wastewater treatment. Because UV disinfection is a physical process that does not require any chemicals to be added to the water to clean it, this can be a very safe and effective option. UV light can reduce the incidence of parasites such as Cryptosporidium or Giardia, which are resistant even to chemical disinfection.

Surface disinfection

It's no surprise that UV light can be used for surface disinfection in healthcare facilities and other spaces. In fact, UV light can destroy active viruses and other pathogens on surfaces in just a few seconds. In this case, the use of UV in healthcare facilities is more efficient and effective than other cleaning and disinfection methods.

Equipment Disinfection

In addition to fixed surfaces like countertops, tables and floors, UV is a popular solution for equipment disinfection. For example, laboratories at risk of contamination can use UV to disinfect goggles, glassware or other laboratory instruments. As with other applications, UV has the benefit of being effective but also dry and simple, unlike washing or bleaching which can leave residue and moisture behind.

Food and Beverage Sterilization

The use of UV light in food and beverage disinfection combines the effectiveness of UV light on surfaces as well as liquids. UV disinfection has been shown to be effective in food production facilities when it is used to disinfect something as difficult to clean thoroughly as a conveyor belt. When the right products are used, these types of surfaces can be sanitized without shortening the life of the equipment.

When considering applications where UV can be used as a disinfection method, it is also important to consider the type of UV used. Far and near UV can have different effects on bacteria and viruses. To learn more about the use of far UV in disinfection, please feel free to contact us. Our company also offers Portable UV Disinfection Lamps for all your needs!

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