Technology Close-Up

Those requiring evidence-based proof before trusting a new technology will find it in UVAIRx.

The story begins in 1903 with scientist Niels Finsen. His research verified the naturally disruptive impact of 254 nm wavelength (ultravioliet or UV) light on RNA and DNA.  It also won him the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Now, fast-forward that Nature-based finding some 55 years. A researcher began exploring ways to maximize the RNA/DNA disruption effect of UV light while overcoming the major limitation—that of the requirement for very close contact between the light wave and the target (see “Target Talk” graph below).  The successful system he discovered served as the catalyst for UVAIRx next-generation technology.

In fact, the technology serving as the foundation for UVAIRx products:

  • generates a process called active photocatalytic oxidation (PCO)
  • forms and releases large clusters of positively and negatively charged ions:  Multi-Clustered Ions (MCIs)
  • attacks microbes (bacteria, viruses, volitile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens, molds, and odors), wherever they exist in the indoor environment
  • continues to treat the environment with MCIs on a 7X24 basis
  • has been proven unequivocally by lindependent universities and laboratories on a global basis to be highly effective and safe
  • is at work in many clinical, commercial, and residential buildings, as well as on the International Space Station.

UVAIRx has further enhanced the microbial-killing effectiveness and efficiency of the root technology by more than 50%.  Unlike other Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Systems (i.e. HEPA filtration, Germincidal UV, UV Robots, Negative Ionizers, Ozonators), UVAIRx products destroy microbes in the air, on surfaces, and in crevices, on a continual basis, with a technology that is safe for humans and animals.

Target Talk - the limitations of UV only products

Niels Finsen’s research proved wavelength light can be used to disrupt RNA and DNA activity. The same studies, however, showed that the effectiveness degrades by the inverse square. Or, stated more simply, the farther the target DNA or RNA is from the light wave, the less it is affected.

Here’s an example of how rapidly that “purification power” drops as the distance increases in traditional UV systems:

UVAIRx eliminates the distance factor through its active air treatment technology. Air-borne microbials need not be within a few inches of the UVAIRx instrument to be destroyed.

In contrast, a single Ux 105™ can treat all the air in an enclosed space up to 5000 square feet.1

UVAIRx 2000™ can treat all the air in an enclosed space 2,000 feet square.

1The gross square footage covered effectively is dependent upon the “carrying capacity” of a biological species in an environment. It is the maximum population size of the species that the environment can sustain indefinitely, given the food, habitat, water and other necessities available in the environment. In population biology, “carrying capacity” is defined as the environment’s maximum load. For the human population, more complex variables such as sanitation and medical care are sometimes considered as part of the necessary establishment. The “carrying capacity” of an environment may vary for different species and may change over time due to a variety of factors, including: food availability, water supply, environmental conditions and living space.
Notes: Hui,C. (2006) Carrying capacity, population equilibrium, and anenvironment’s maximum load. Ecological Modelling, 192, 317-320.