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Disinfection Update - Summer 2021

The Comprehensive Approach for Educational Facilities – The Four Pillars of UVC Disinfection

Keeping our children safe.

One of many things that make American Ultraviolet unique is our approach to Educational Facilities. We view the entire facility and offer complete UVC solutions designed to eliminate multiple vectors of transmission. We take a comprehensive approach to offer the appropriate solution, and not just a "bandage."

4 pillars of UVCIt is well established that UVC Disinfection is a proven tool in lowering the levels of microorganisms in the air and on surfaces. The continued growth, and worldwide acceptance of UVC technology during the current pandemic, is proof of this. UVC is a safe, low cost, low maintenance, and proven technology recommended by the CDC, ASHRAE, WHO, and the Global Healthcare community.

American Ultraviolet's overall approach is state-of-the-art. We offer the most diverse line of UVC product solutions and meet each facility's specific needs. It is well known that microorganisms have different vectors of transmission in an educational setting, and we attack the problem using multiple interventions to offer each facility a complete solution. We refer to our approach as the "The Four Pillars of UVC Disinfection for Educational Facilities."

>> Pillar 1:

Upper Room UVC disinfection units – inactivate bioaerosols from air continuously in occupied rooms.

4 pillars of UVCUsed in occupied spaces, like classrooms, offices, cafeterias, and other common areas, these units have been used for decades to reduce airborne microorganisms, and efficacy data is readily available. The Upper Air UVC disinfection units from American Ultraviolet bring a solution local to the threat. Upper Room UVC is currently being used worldwide to combat COVID-19, drug resistant TB, influenza, and other airborne pathogens.

>> Pillar 2:

UVC for the HVAC or air conditioning system – inactivate bioaerosols in the recirculated air stream and keep cooling coils / drain pans free from mold.

4 pillars of UVCCold, dark, and wet is the perfect environment in the HVAC system for mold, mildew, and other microorganisms to grow and flourish. These contaminants can easily be blown downstream into occupied spaces where they can be introduced into the occupied space. American Ultraviolet UVC systems are specifically designed for HVAC applications and can treat the air and surfaces in the HVAC system in a manner that destroys microorganisms otherwise too small to be captured by the particle filters. In addition, no harmful residuals are left in the air.

>> Pillar 3:

Mobile UVC disinfection units – to disinfect surfaces that are contaminated by hands and disinfect air.

4 pillars of UVCMobile UVC unit's (aka UVC robots) are designed to inactivate microorganisms in the air, and on surfaces, in classrooms, rest rooms, offices and common areas. These units are designed for use in unoccupied spaces and can be brought to each threat as necessary. American Ultraviolet manufacturers four mobile devices of various sizes to provide the proper unit based on the individual application.

>> Pillar 4:

Fixed-mounted packages – to disinfect surfaces and air with the flip of a switch.

4 pillars of UVCThere are several differences between fixed-mounted packages and mobile units. Fixed-mounted (or hard-mounted) systems deliver energy vertically from the ceiling down, and from multiple sources spread around the space. With a fixed mounted system multiple fixtures can be arranged in a manner that provides an even energy footprint, whereas mobile systems need to be repositioned for multiple cycles, or long extended run times, in order to limit or eliminate shadowed areas. In areas such as restrooms, locker rooms, common areas, and classrooms, an automated timed cycle connected to a fixed-mounted system can be run after hours, and without the need for additional labor costs that would be necessary to operate a mobile unit.

In summary, the 4 Pillars approach provides the most comprehensive UVC disinfection solution available. Please contact American Ultraviolet for more details on how you can successfully integrate UVC into your facility in order to help protect students and staff.

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None of the American Ultraviolet UVC products detailed above are certified, or approved under any applicable laws, as a medical device, and as such, American Ultraviolet, and its Representatives and Distributors, do not currently intend for them to be used as medical devices anywhere globally. Products have not been evaluated by the FDA.