Choosing The Best Facility Disinfection System For Your Campus
Educational facilities across the country are feeling the pressure to get their students back in the classrooms. Every year, colleges and universities are responsible for providing their students with the resources to better their education as well as providing their students with a safe learning environment. With only a little over a month left until summer vacation, now is the perfect time to plan for your campuses cleaning and disinfection services. Choosing the best disinfection systems will help make sure all of your campuses facilities are clean and safe. However, due to limited budgets and overdue maintenance, many facilities are looking to, if not already, using electronic air cleaners including ionization, oxidation and its many forms.
According to an open letter addressing the use of Electronic Air Cleaning Equipment in Buildings states, “we advocate for schools not to use electronic air cleaning devices. The proven measures that should be taken to address airborne transmission risk include properly sized and maintained ventilation (mechanical and natural), mechanical filtration (including portable HEPA filter units), and germicidal ultraviolet light systems. Such measures are practical and often can be easily implemented; many are not costly, particularly when assessed on a per student basis. Even without the relief aid dollars many are inexpensive enough to be funded with capital outlay dollars instead of passing a bond”.
The Best Facility Disinfection Systems
As a fire and life safety company, we too recommend for schools to only use the best when it comes to the health and safety of everyone on campus. Ventilation, Filtration, and UVGI remain the only safe and scientifically proven technologies for airborne disinfection.
HVAC System Cleaning
Clean ductwork is the first step in removing airborne contaminants and allergens out of the air you breathe. Regular duct cleaning also improves airflow, allowing your facility’s HVAC system to run more efficiently. According to the EPA, a buildup of just 0.42″ of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. Dirty ductwork can load filters quickly and lead to more stress on the air handler and potentially higher energy costs. Blockages in reheat coils, mixing boxes, VAV boxes and other terminal boxes found in commercial HVAC systems can also restrict airflow. Components of HVAC duct cleaning include:
- Supply & Return Ductwork
- Dedicated Exhaust Ductwork and Fans
- Air Handler Units
- Internally Lined Ductwork: Cleaning and Encapsulating (Sealing)
- Mold Remediation from all types of Ductwork
- VAV’s Reheat Coils, Mixing Boxes
- Filter Replacements
UVC Air Purification System
UVC Air Purifying Systems (or UVC Air Protection Systems) use germicidal lamps to disinfect mold, bacteria, and other viruses. This method of disinfection uses a short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate microorganisms, leaving them unable to perform vital functions. UVC Light Disinfection is the perfect solution to disinfect your commercial building’s many surfaces, water, and air quality. The APS2000 combines:
- Ultraviolet-C Spectrum lighting (UVC) by Steril-Aire™ – kills 99.9999% of airborne bacteria, viruses and other pathogens
- HEPA filter – captures 99.97% of 0.3-micron particles
- Carbon filter – removes gases and other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)
The UVC Air Purifying system will help improve the air quality in spaces up to 7,200 sq ft depending on the number of air exchanges needed for your application. Increasing Air Changes per Hour (ACH) reduces the time it takes to remove contaminants from the conditioned space.
UVGI Light Disinfection
UVC Lighting is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. UVC refers to ultraviolet light with wavelengths between 200 – 280 nanometers (nm). Light in the UVC wavelength can be used for disinfecting hospitals, sterilizing surfaces, destroying harmful micro-organisms in food products and in air. So how does it work?
These specialized lamps produce an ultraviolet (UV) light that disrupts growth and deactivates existing growths, aiding in the disinfection of surfaces, water and more. Using one in your facility can help improve everything from air quality to the health and well-being of your students, faculty and staff. By treating the air circulating in your heating and cooling system, UVC lighting can kill mold and destroy airborne viruses and bacteria that, ultimately, lead to colds, flus and other illnesses. Best practices for an educational campus include:
- Mobile Remote UVC Disinfection System
- Ceiling/Wall Mountable Germicidal UVC Systems
- UVC Lights for Ice Machines
- UVC Lights for PTAC Units
- UVC Lights for HVAC Systems