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COVID-19 Announcement

The Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, is a virus that is mostly transmitted through the air in water droplets found in coughs and sneezes by those infected. UVC irradiation has the ability to kill any kind of bacteria or virus. The COVID-19 virus is 0.1 microns in size making it highly susceptible to UV-C (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/). The amount of UVC necessary to kill virus varies from virus to virus.

Here are a few examples measured in Microwatt Seconds per Square Centimetter.

  • Adeno Virus Type III 3           4,500
  • Bacteriophage 1,3,4,5,6,9     6,600
  • Coxsackie                               6,300
  • Influenza 1,2,3,4,5,7,9            6,600
  • Infectious Hepatitis 1,5,7,9   8,000

As you can see some are easier to kill than others, but all are killed by UVC.

We we do know is it takes a considerable UV dose to kill germs and virus. The principle of UVC sterilization is related to intensity of the lamps used. The more powerful the lamp the better the kill. The larger/longer the duct the better the kill. The slower the air is moving the better the kill.

All One Hour UVC products are designed to meet or exceed the design parameters set forth by Westinghouse. We need a 110 Microwatt lamp in an airflow up to 2400 CFM to get 70 to 85% kill in a duct system. The lamp intensity is measured at one meter from the lamp. As germs get closer to the lamp the intensity increases. Two inches from the lamp we have 5,814 mircrowatts. We can’t block the UVC with any type of cell or screen causing a shadowing effect. The light must irradiate up and down the duct to give us time and distance to allow the germs to absorb the UVC light as they flow through the duct.

If a customer is trying to protect their family from spreading germs around their home through their HVAC system we would recommend installing one of the One Hour dual lamp units (see below). Putting two high microwatt lamps in the duct will produce 360 microwatts of UVC. That will be more than three times the Westinghouse recommended intensity necessary to get an 80% single pass kill. It’s not even important to kill viruses but simply deactivate or sterilize them so they can’t reproduce.

The chart below is a guide to achieving an 80% kill rate using a 110 microwatt lamp. All One Hour 16″ UVC lamps produce 180 microwatts each.

Lamp Intesity

Recommended UV-C Treatment