In an important development for the HVAC&R industry, independent laboratory testing using a live SARS–Cov2 (COVID-19) pathogen confirms UV-C technology has a high level of inactivation efficacy.
Previously, UV-C inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 was only estimated based on similar known pathogens (inc. SARS-CoV-1 & MERS-CoV), but this result confirms that UV-C is an effective airstream disinfection solution in eliminating and reducing COVID-19 particles.
Through our strategic alliance with UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI), a global leader in UV-C Air and Surface Disinfection technologies, Airmaster is committed to providing cleaner, protected environments to buildings and facilities across Australia and New Zealand.
Airmaster is the first official distributor and trained systems integrator of UVDI’s range of Ultraviolet Airstream Disinfection, cleaning and purification products.
UVDI products combat the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, a primary viral strain that causes the COVID-19 infection, that can be spread through both airborne and surface transmission.
Airmaster CEO Noel Courtney welcomed these findings, saying that this backs up recent advice from world health and HVAC industry bodies.
“The research and findings by both the World Heath Organisation and ASHRAE illustrate that airborne transmission of the virus through HVAC systems pose a greater threat to the spread of particles than surface transmission alone.”
“The deployment and treatments delivered by UV-C technology eliminates a HVAC system as a potential source of coronavirus infection. Being able to communicate this to your employees and tenants is an extremely powerful message.”
UVDI Vice President of Innovation and Technology, Dr. Ashish Mathur, is excited by the findings, stating the study results are further evidence that these innovative products are working in the fight for global airstream protection.
“Peace of mind [is given] for critical infrastructure globally such as airports, healthcare facilities, schools and government buildings as well as for high-traffic public spaces such as arenas, sports facilities and hospitality sites.”
Conditions of a typical HVAC duct were replicated by Innovative Bioanalysis in a BSL-3 laboratory in California, who concluded that ultraviolet technologies considerably reduced the airborne transmission of SARS- CoV-2 in a HVAC moving airstream.