Air purifiers and Ultra-Violet Lights Set to be Installed in Schools to Tackle COVID

Air purifiers and Ultra-Violet Lights Set to be Installed in Schools to Tackle COVID

In a new Government research scheme, thirty primary schools in Bradford have been installed with ultraviolet lights and air purifiers in an attempt to reduce the risk of Coronavirus with the main focus of confined spaces. 

This research could eventually be scaled up to the entire country if results are proved to be effective. With £1.8million of funding being pumped into this motive, this style of airborne contamination reduction is seen to be highly promising. 

UV light is known to be highly effective against killing viruses, pathogens and bacteria. This method of air purifying is also very eco friendly as all materials are recyclable and reusable.

One third of the participants are being supplied with UV purifiers. Another third are set to receive high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and the final third aren't receiving any equipment to serve as a control group.

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Professor Mark Mon-Williams of the University of Leeds, who is leading the project has said that the collection of data is set to start in September and will run for the entire school year. 

He added: “By Christmas we will at least be able to see an impact on air quality, we’ll know then exactly what the barriers are to putting these things in, and hopefully we’ll just have the first indications of what’s happening across the different schools in terms of absence.”

Is Ventilation in schools good enough?

Good ventilation of classrooms is seen as key to combatting the spread of Covid-19, but there’s a lot more to it than just opening the windows. Headlines about the importance of air purifiers has risen drastically over the last few weeks.

One such headline stated the use of air purification to be used in 30 schools to be used in Bradford to see what extent they helped reduce the build up of COVID-19 particles. 

The Department of Health and Social Care, which is finding the trial, have said that it could become key to ensure that schools are Covid safe. They also added "We want to ensure schools are both safe and comfortable for students and staff - and have been clear that good ventilation is crucial". 

Only a few days later however, the teaching unions have expressed their frustration in an open letter to the government explaining how these trials are starting far too late and are now unnecessary. 

“This project should have been undertaken more than a year ago and is just delaying protections which could be put in place now,” they say. “The benefits of ventilation in the control of airborne diseases are already well understood and accepted, and we already know that air purifiers work.”

Furthermore, long before research in the UK began, a group of German academics had already conducted and published findings into the efficiency of air purifiers in classrooms and how well they reduce particle transmission.

Their study was based over eight single lessons and two double lessons in a class of 26 students. They then took comparisons from the same lessons without air purifying units. 

The results came back to show a reduction of more than 90% of particles when air purifiers are used. 

So, how well does it really work?

For a school room of (about) 200m3 volume, we recommend a total clean air delivery rate (CADR) of 1000 m3/h (meters cubed per hour) – about five times the room volume or about 40m3 per person per hour when a school room is occupied by 25 students.”

This amount of CADR could be reached with either a singular powerful unit or several smaller ones strategically placed around the room. An advantage found for the smaller units is that they can be placed in areas found to be less ventilated.

 

If you are looking for further advice regarding air purifiers, please feel free to give our team a call or email at any time via:

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ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration
ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration

ViroAir® Plus Professional Air Purification Unit with HEPA-13 & UV Filtration

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Are you doing everything you can to keep your employees safe on the return to the workplace? 

With up to 99% effectivity, the ViroAir® Plus Air Purifier, the latest advancement in air purification technology, comes equipped with a HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate air filter) and a UV lamp for sterilisation to keep yourself and your colleagues around you breathing clean, disinfected air.

The ViroAir® Plus eliminates harmful contaminants and pathogens in the immediate environment through its 4 stage filtration process, capable of processing and purifying up to 750 cubic meters of air in one hour. 

The Process

After the main vent filter has extracted dust and other large particles, UV-C Lamp Disinfectant Technology is used to expose viruses to UV radiation, helping to deactivate viruses and other harmful pathogens. 

The air is then passed through into the highly absorbent Activated Carbon Filtration Tray. Microbes and other pathogens then stick to the filtration device and become trapped, thanks to its large surface area. 

Finally, the High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA-13) helps to pick up any last remaining contaminants as small as 0.1 to 0.3 microns. 

 Key Features
  • 4 stage air filtration
  • PM 2.5 air quality digital display
  • 4 Adjustable fan speeds  
  • Adjustable filter volume for a quieter office
  • 4 air quality colour indicators (Blue, light purple, dark purple and red) 
  • Indicators to show: UV-Disinfection, Wi-Fi connectivity, Light visibility and Humidification
  • Sleep mode
  • Anion disinfection mode
  • Filter operating status
  • Wi-Fi connect button
  • Fan speed control button
  • Child lock
  • Timer selection (2h, 4h, 8h, 12h)
  • Humidification mode ( When button shows red, water is needed)
  • High Voltage protection warning
  • Filter cleaning/reset reminder
Details

The ViroAir Plus is equipped with a quad filter system to provide the highest quality air purification to keep you, your customers and colleagues breathing clean, bacteria free air all day.

Air is drawn in through an intake at the bottom of the unit and then through the pre-filter where larger particles such as dust are filtered out.

Next, the air is filtered through the UV-C Lamp chamber which is then hit by a strong UV-C lamp. This helps to kill all bacteria and viruses through UV radiation.

 A H13 HEPA (High-efficiency particulate absorbing) is used to further strain the air and has been proven to remove up to 99.97% of all particulates as small as 0.3 microns.

Finally, there is an activated carbon filter which is highly efficient at breaking down formaldehyde, benzene, TVOC, ammonia, smoke and other strong odors and poisonous gases. This type of filter is better than mechanical filter options as the activated carbon can absorb particulates and traps them inside the unit. 

The control panel is the key to making your unit best suited to your work space. With four fan speeds for controllable filtration, a humidifier for better staff health, toggleable brightness and timer for efficient energy usage and optional UV-C lamp cleansing for extra defense against airborne contaminants. 

Specs

Download ViroAir Plus Air Purification Unit Spec Sheet 

What's In the Box
  • ViroAir Plus Air Purification Unit
  • Power Cord (UK Plug)
  • 1x Pre Filter
  • 1x HEPA Filter
  • 1x UV Lamp Filter
  • 1x Activated Carbon Filter
  • 1x Remote
  • 1xOperating Manual
  • 1x Warranty Tag
  • 1x Warranty Card 

Filters

This product has replaceable filters which will need to be changed when they have been active for a certain amount of time. 

Activated Carbon Filter:

It is recommended that this component is replaced annually for best filtration output.

HEPA-13 Filter:

It is recommended that this component is replaced every 2000 hours however this is subjective to the cleanliness of the surrounding environment and are likely to get more hours from each filter.

UV-C Lamp:

It is recommended that this component is replaced every 8000 hours