In-room upper air UVC fixtures are used to reduce person-to-person transmission of airborne microorganisms. Wall-mounted, and ceiling-suspended, fixtures, directly expose the air above occupants' heads to constant UVC energy. Hot air goes up, gets hit with UVC (when properly applied), and drops back down as cool, clean air.
> Typical room temperature = 68°F
> Typical body temperature = 98.6°F
(This 30°F temperature difference means that the air a person breathes out is going to go UP – even if it's a cough or a sneeze, thermodynamics will still bring that warmer air up above the cooler air in the room).
Properly sized and installed UVC upper air equipment is the most effective way to reduce person-to-person transmission of DNA/RNA-based microbes
Upper air UVC fixtures are recognized and recommended by the CDC, WHO, and ASHRAE as effective solutions for the mitigation of airborne pathogen transmission. It was manufacturing upper air UVC fixtures that American Ultraviolet started out with more than 60 years ago - safe, effective, and economical air disinfection solutions made in the U.S.A. These trusted fixtures have been successfully used to control the spread of airborne microorganisms, including viruses and bio-aerosols in hospitals, schools, prisons, healthcare environments, office buildings, and government buildings, just to name a few.
The CM, TB, STBF, and RAM Upper-Air series in-room air treatment fixtures are designed specifically for safe, continuous air disinfection, which helps clean the air in occupied spaces. The determination of the ideal upper air fixture for your situation is based on the square footage of the room, and intended use.
The CM, TB, and STBF fixtures incorporate adjustable louvers that safely direct UVC energy above the occupied space (7 1/2 + feet). The RAM series units are fully enclosed, and tamper-proof, and use internal fans to actively draw in and recirculate the air within the space.
Benefits of all American Ultraviolet Upper Air Disinfection Solutions
- Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by reducing bio-aerosols and airborne bacteria, viruses, and fungi
- Provide an extra layer of protection, local to the threat, in busy high traffic occupied spaces
- Operate 24/7 with little to no maintenance
- Produce no ozone or other secondary contaminants
- Louvered units operate silently; fan assisted units operate at very low decibel levels
Examples of Upper Air Installation Solutions
CM 15 Upper-Air units are designed to be mounted in the corners of rooms where air disinfection is needed. A single CM 15 unit can cover 75-100 square feet, and, depending on the application (e.g. conference room, waiting area, break room, etc.), multiple fixtures can be used to increase the coverage area. The CM 15 unit features a 6,000 hour lamp. The CM 15 conforms to UL Std 1598, and is certified to CSA C22.2#250.0.
TB Upper-Air series units are designed to be wall mounted in occupied spaces at a minimum height of 7 ½ feet off of the floor. The TB series fixtures are available in three sizes: 150, 250 and 350 square feet of coverage. TB units are designed to operate on a 110–277-volt electrical feed, allowing installation flexibility. Multiple fixtures can be used to cover areas larger than 300 square feet. The TB Upper-Air series units feature two-year (17,000 hour) lamps, and the ballasts carry a full 10-year warranty. The TB Series conforms to UL Std 1598, and is certified to CSA C22.2#250.0.
STBF (Pendant 360°) Upper-Air Series
STBF (Pendant 360°) Upper-Air series units are designed to be suspended in occupied spaces at a minimum height of 7 1/2 feet off of the floor. STBF series fixtures provide 600-800 square feet of coverage, or 1,000-1,400 square feet per fixture, depending upon the series you choose. STBF units utilize a fan to aid with air mixing, and are designed to operate on a 120 or 220-volt electrical feed, allowing installation flexibility. Multiple fixtures can be used to cover larger areas.
The RAM Upper-Air Series is a fully enclosed and tamper proof air disinfection unit designed for areas with low ceilings, or where a tamper proof fixture is needed. The RAM series features a dual lamp configuration with fans pulling the air in and through the stainless-steel housing. These fixtures are available in two lamp sizes (14" or 36"), with multiple voltage options, allowing installation flexibility. The RAM Upper-Air series units feature two-year (17,000 hour) lamps and the ballasts carry a full 10-year warranty.
Upper air disinfection units from American Ultraviolet are currently being used worldwide in many applications, including:
- Exam rooms
- Patient rooms
- Small and large offices
- Dental Operatories
- Conference rooms
- Break rooms
- Gyms and Fitness Centers
- Waiting areas
- Universities and Colleges
- Homeless shelters
- ... and many more!
To learn more about UVC upper air fixtures and applications contact your local American Ultraviolet office or Representative.
Prolonged, direct exposure to UVC light can cause temporary skin redness and eye irritation, but does not cause skin cancer or cataracts. American Ultraviolet systems are designed with safety in mind and, when properly installed by a professional contractor, do not allow exposure to UV irradiation and allow for safe operation and maintenance.
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.