How Does UVC Disinfection Work?
Absorption by proteins can lead to the rupturing of cell walls, resulting in the death of the organism. Absorption by DNA or RNA is known to cause inactivation of these molecules, which disrupts the replication process, stopping the pathogen from spreading any further.
The UV doses required to prevent replication are orders of magnitude lower than required to kill, making the cost of UV treatment to prevent infection commercially viable.
The Benefits of UVC
The single most important benefit of UV light disinfection is that it is non-toxic. Unlike harsh chemicals that are sometimes used in cleaning and sanitization products, UV light is environmentally friendly.
UV light disinfection is a physical process, not a chemical one. UV disinfection provides many benefits over chemical options. It cannot be overdosed and does not produce by-products, toxins, or volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
UV disinfection is an affordable sanitization method. It is generally assumed that UVC is costly because it uses technology instead of chemicals, but that is not the case. A one-time investment in UV light disinfection technology can save time and money for years.
ProTekLife designed its UV disinfecting light panels to minimize maintenance and labor costs. The UV lights have a 6000-hour life expectancy, and the system is designed to operate autonomously, thus reducing ongoing labor costs.
UV light in the UVC wavelength 254nm (253.7nm) has been used extensively since the mid-1990s to disinfect and sanitize everything from hospitals and clean rooms to HVAC systems and water treatment plants.
According to David Brenner, Ph.D., lead researcher at Columbia University in this field, “… far-UVC lighting would be useful to reduce not only the transmission of COVID-19 but, ongoing, also other airborne diseases such as seasonal influenza, measles and TB – not to mention the next pandemic virus when it comes.”
Safety is ProTekLife’s design priority. While UV light is not dangerous for humans, it can have minor effects. The most recognized symptom from exposure to UV light is the common sunburn.
ProTekLife’s UV light disinfection systems are designed to eliminate any possible exposure to students, teachers, administrators, parents, or other visitors that might enter the building, however minor. Redundant safety systems ensure that the only things exposed to UV light are the pathogens it’s designed to eliminate.
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