What is a UV Air Purifier?

Air Purifiers have become much more popular and commonplace in the last decade due to the advancements in air purifier technology, which have allowed for air purifiers to become accessible to the average buyer; modern air purifiers also use better and more advanced technology to reduce irritants, pollutants and other debris in the air.

One of the most popular new modern technologies used in air purifiers is UV technology. UV technology, otherwise known as Ultraviolet technology, uses Ultraviolet light to kill germs and bacteria in the air. UV technology has become a popular germicide, and UV air purifiers are no exception.

 

UV Air Purifier

 

How do UV Air Purifiers work?

The way that a UV air purifier typically works is relatively simple. The air purifier will contain a fan which sucks the air into the air purifier chamber. This chamber is sometimes referred to as the “kill” chamber. The UV light is triggered when enough air is inside the chamber, which kills bacteria and germs. The clean air is then circulated back into the room, while the purifier continues the cycle by sucking in air, disinfecting it with UV light, and circulating back into the room.

Do they really kill germs and bacteria?

Yes—for the most part. As with any technology, there are some caveats to using UV air purifiers. Not all UV air purifiers were created equally—in order for a UV air purifier to be effective, it needs to be exposed to intense UV light for a sufficient amount of time. Some research suggests that purifiers which use more than one 24-watt UV light are more effective than others, because the higher intensity is more effective at killing bacteria. If the light is not intense enough, it may take several ‘passes’ through the air purifier for the bacteria and germs to be actually killed. For best results, look for an air purifier which has more than one UV light inside its chamber and has a higher wattage.

Who uses UV Air Purifiers?

Anyone can use UV air purifiers! They are much more affordable than they used to be in the past, and they are recommended for anyone who is concerned with killing bacteria and germs in the air. UV air purifiers are becoming more commonplace in hospital and clinic settings, where there is a higher importance placed on killing bacteria and germs; but these types of purifiers are also becoming common in offices, business settings, and even residential homes!

Depending on the size, brand and overall strength of the purifier, you can find a ‘home’ UV purifier for as little as $100! While these less expensive home purifiers may not be as strong as those you would find in hospitals, they can still be effective for keeping your home free of harmful bacteria and germs.