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UVC FAQ

We’ve been getting a lot of people with questions about the UVC systems we offer, and wanted to take a minute to answer some of the most common ones here. If you have other specific questions please reach out to us directly and we would be happy to go over details for your needs.

Q: Can I put UVC fixtures in my home?

Yes – Ultraviolet fixtures from American Ultraviolet have been safely used in homes, as well as in hospitals, laboratories, clean rooms, doctors′ offices, commercial buildings, food processing plants and other commercial and residential environments throughout the world – any place a concern for clean air exists.

Q: Do germicidal lamps kill viruses?

Yes – Germicidal UVC lamps kill up to 99.9% of most viruses, airborne bacteria and mold spores.

Q: Will germicidal UV take care of mold?

Yes – Germicidal UVC lamps will kill up to 99.9% of mold and help prevent future mold growth.

Q: How are UVC lamps used to disinfect the air?

Germicidal UVC lamps can be used in ceiling fixtures suspended above the people in a room, or within air ducts of re-circulating systems. The first method is called Upper Air Irradiation. The fixtures are shielded on the bottom so that the ultra violet rays are directed only up toward the ceiling and out the sides. These upper-air germicidal fixtures are mounted at least 7ft. above the floor so that people will not bump into them or look directly at the lamps. The second method of air disinfection uses UVC lamps placed inside the ventilation system ducts. If a ceiling is too low for an upper-air irradiation fixture, this type of an in-duct germicidal fixture can be used. Also, because people are not exposed to the ultra violet rays, very high levels can be used inside the ducts.