Roughly 20 percent of the US population will experience flu-related symptoms, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. For many of us, especially the old and those suffering from medical conditions, these symptoms can become life threatening.
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) plays a significant role in the prevalence of the flu in a building. This is especially true in heavily populated facilities, such as schools, shopping centers, hospitals and offices, where human-borne, infection-causing microbes have a greater opportunity to spread from person to person.
One way to improve IEQ and, therefore, reduce the prevalence of flu microbes, is ultraviolet-C (UV-C) technology. UV-C light kills all known microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, molds and other pathogens – even those immune to medical antibiotics, known as superbugs.
UV-C lamps can be installed either as upper air units or inside HVAC systems, where they can disinfect cooling coils, drain pans, plenum walls and filters.