We all know that Singapore has been known for its hot and humid climate, that’s why aircon units are also the most important and the biggest electric consumer at home. With summer being the only season all year round, the optimal performance from your aircon unit is a must-have to provide you the comfort that you desire. But did you also know that apart from giving fresh and conditioned air, your aircon unit also allows you to be safer, especially with the threat of the pandemic? Yes, you read it right.
One of the features that most modern aircon units have to offer nowadays, is their ability to also purify and sanitize your home or office. This type of feature has been seemingly popular, especially since the threat of the coronavirus can be caught anywhere. It is also with this type of feature that can at least ensure your safety if you are also living with a child or an elderly who are also prone to certain viruses or bacteria. But, what if you have just purchased a new aircon unit and just want to have an air sanitizer upgrade? Let’s find out how.
How do air sanitizers work?
First, let’s get to know the difference between air purifiers and air sanitizers. Both work to improve air quality by reducing pollutants indoors. However, sanitizers are better at eliminating viruses, bacteria, and mold from the air using UV light sanitizing systems while purifiers are better at reducing dust and pollen particles indoors, by utilizing a sophisticated air filtration system. Both work well to improve your air quality, reduce any symptoms of allergies, reduce complications from asthmatic conditions, lessen respiratory issues and also, improve sleep quality.
Air sanitizers are better when illnesses are a concern. As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’, UV sanitization systems treat the air indoors and effectively eliminate most harmful substances, allergens, and even bad peculiar smells from pets.
How can an aircon unit act as an air sanitizer as well?
You better leave it to a professional aircon servicing company, as it takes approximately 5 minutes to install a UV sanitization system that includes UV LED and photocatalyst. It may seem simple enough with just 5 minutes of installation but a whole lot more considerations come behind the sanitization system itself.
How do UV led air sanitizers clean the air?
UV-led air sanitizers are generally a combination of a forced-air system and another filter (like a HEPA filter). As a result, the UV light of the air sanitizers acts together with other processes to clean the air. Ambient, in-house air is forced through the unit and ventilated through a chamber with bulbs emitting light within the UV-C frequency. Various factors such as the type of UV lamp, humidity, and temperature can affect its performance.
UV-C lights used in UV-C germicidal purifiers are silent, and the glow of many, depending on the casing mounted around it, is invisible to the human eye. They are generally odorless. UV bulbs may need replacing on a yearly basis, depending on the make and model.
How effective are UV led air sanitizers?
Though UV led can potentially deactivate microbes, whether it can do so within a portable air sanitizer unit is a different matter altogether. These units are often advertised to reduce dust mites and mold allergens. The effectiveness of UV led in disinfecting the air depends on a number of factors, including:
– Whether the pollutants come into contact with the UV led light
– Whether the light is inhibited by the cooling effect of airflow
– The material of the bulb emitting such light
– The high dosage of light required
– How long the pollutant is exposed to the light
Let’s take a look at the types of aircon unit sanitization system:
Photocatalyst: Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)
With sanitization, or in layman’s terms, the killing of viruses works here, is through a photocatalyst process where we utilize the material titanium dioxide (TiO2) to absorb the UV light and elevate its energy levels to disintegrate the harmful substances. TiO2 is also widely used as a photocatalyst in many other types of applications as well given its characteristics of efficient photoactivity, high stability, relatively low cost, and most importantly its safety to humans and the environment. One of the best things about the material titanium dioxide is that it can last for decades, which is likely to outlive the lifespan of your aircon unit.
Ultraviolet-A (UVA) and Ultraviolet-C (UVC) Radiation
For our UV sanitization system, we utilize both types of UVA (longer wavelengths) and UVC (shorter wavelengths) to eliminate harmful substances and pollutants, especially viruses in the indoor air. Utilizing multiple UV LED strips to sanitize the air coming out from the aircon unit, will effectively improve air quality and create a healthier environment indoors.
The LED has a lifespan of 10,000 hours which is equivalent to about 3 and a half years if you use your aircon unit 8 hours a day. It is worthwhile to keep your air clean and healthy as a preventive measure against common airborne viruses such as hemolytic streptococcus (cough, pneumonia), salmonella (acute gastroenteritis), and even formaldehyde (respiratory diseases, cancer).
Why should you get this type of upgrade for your aircon unit?
Eliminates harmful substances or allergens: This is the key main reason why everyone should have an air sanitizer in their homes. Keeping your indoor air sanitized, getting rid of viruses for healthier, breathable air is a priority.
Pro 338 Tip: It is also through choosing the right type of air filter that your aircon unit can thoroughly filter various kinds of substances or allergens. A professional aircon servicing company can recommend and help you choose from a variety of air filters available in the market that are also suitable for your needs.
Environmentally friendly: Totally free of chemicals and unlike other air purifiers, it does not produce ozone.
Long-lasting: The titanium dioxide coating lasts for decades, while the UV LEDs have a lifespan of 10,000 hours.
Pro 338 Reminder: One of the most effective ways to make your aircon unit last longer, is to have them serviced regularly. A professional aircon servicing company recommends aircon servicing at least every three months or every month if you are sensitive to dust that may accumulate in your air filters.
Warranty: A professional aircon servicing company that offers this type of upgrade should also provide at least a 1-year warranty on our UV sanitizer product in case there will be some aircon issues or defects that you will encounter using the upgrade.
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