Ultraviolet (UVC or UVGI) supplementary air sanitization technology requires the right application to be effective. The way Air Sniper utilizes powerful bulbs and reflective paneling to control the intensity, dwell time, CFM, and irradiation proximity within the equipment creates the ultimate pathogen destruction environment. Together, these elements form an environment within the Air Sniper unit that is rich with Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI).
When using UVGI for supplementary air sanitization, it is crucial to measure the effectiveness of the system from a holistic perspective. Four elements, namely intensity, proximity, dwell time, and CFM, ensure UVGI technology optimization is achieved.
Intensity is a key driver in the effectiveness of UVGI supplemental air sanitization, as pathogens and harmful bacteria may circulate back into the environment if the UVC intensity is not sufficient. Air Sniper uses several methods to combat this loss, such as increasing the number of bulbs, the wattage of each bulb, ensuring that the air is in close proximity to the UVC bulbs, and the reflective material throughout the unit.
Proximity to pathogens and contaminants is crucial for its ability to function as a germicidal solution. Therefore, in designing supplementary air sanitization solutions like the Air Snipers, it is essential to have multiple bulbs throughout the unit’s interior. This accomplishes the dual goal of providing proper UVC intensity and ensuring the space between bulbs is not large enough for the light to lose its required intensity.
As a measure of airflow, cubic feet per minute (CFM) plays an important role in determining the effectiveness of supplemental air sanitization equipment. It is part of the calculations necessary to determine dwell time, and the fans must be powerful enough to circulate all the air within a space in a reasonable amount of time.