Indoor Air Purification Germs and Virius Protection
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REME HALO® UV Air Purification System
We have installed UV Air Purification since the mid 1990's
REME HALO® has the potential to be your Whole House Air Purification System
The REME HALO offers three HUGE benefits.
User Friendly: The REME HALO™ now has a Quick Release feature to allow easy replacement of the REME cell. It also incorporates an adjustable shroud, which allows the customization of the AOP output.
Powerful: The Guardian Air REME HALO™ units are easily mounted into air conditioning and heating systems air ducts, where most sick building problems start. This system does not need the pollutants to travel to the air handler for UV treatment or filtration. It is proactive and uses oxygen to aggressively seek out and destroy pollutants at the source. It even improves existing filtration by causing the allergens to stick together, increasing filtration rates and energy efficiency without sacrificing airflow.
Healthy: The REME HALO™ is so powerful it sends out ionized hydro-peroxides into the space where you work and breathe, attacking microbes like bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, and destroys impurities like VOCs (chemical odors), chemicals, and odors in every cubic foot of air in the building at the same time.
How will REME HALO fit in with your business? Here are the specifications and a breakdown of the features on the unit itself.
- Hydroperoxide Ion distribution: Distributed through air handler
- Super Oxide Ion distribution: Distributed through air handler
- Installation: Installed in HVAC duct or plenum
- Electrical: 24 VAC 0.7 Amps 17 Watts
- Materials: Aluminum and Polymers
- REME Cell Replacement: Recommended after 25,000 hrs
- HVAC Blower Size: 1,000 - 6,500 CFM
The REME HALO™ Has been tested against the following:
Norovirus/ Norwalk Virus – 99+% Inactivation
Norovirus/ Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Norwalk Virus (Norovirus)
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and as few as 10 viral particles may be sufficient to infect an individual. Infections of the virus can occur by consuming contaminated food or water, by touching contaminated surfaces, or from person-to-person transmission. Norovirus is named after the original strain “Norwalk virus,” which caused an outbreak of gastroenteritis in a school in Norwalk, Ohio in 1968. The most common Norovirus outbreak settings include healthcare facilities, restaurants and catered events, on cruise ships and in schools. 50% of all food-borne outbreaks of gastroenteritis can be attributed to norovirus.
Source: CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tested by Midwest Research Institute Inactivation Rate 99+%
H1N1/ Swine Flu – Virus – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of H1N1 Swine Flu
The H1N1 flu virus, or swine flu, caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009-2010. It is now considered a seasonal flu, which continues to circulate seasonally worldwide. Spread of the H1N1 virus occurs in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching items – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Kansas State University completed preliminary testing on RGF’s Photohydroionization® (PHI-Cell®) and Reflective Electromagnetic Energy (REME® Cell) technologies with 99+% inactivation of H1N1 Swine Flu on a stainless steel surface. Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate 99+%
Avian Influenza/ Bird Flu – Virus – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These influenza viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not die from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domestic birds, including chickens, ducks and turkeys, very sick and kill them. Of the few avian influenza viruses that have crossed the species barrier to infect humans, H5N1 has had the largest number of detected cases of severe disease and death in humans. Of the human cases associated with the H5N1 outbreaks in poultry and wild birds in Asia, Europe, the Near East and Africa, more than half of those people reported infected with the virus died. While there has been some human-to-human spread in H5N1, it has been limited, inefficient and un-sustained.
Source: CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate 99+%
E.coli 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Escherichia coli
Escherichia coli, usually abbreviated E. coli, are a large and diverse group of bacteria, which are found in in the lower intestines of mammals. Some strains such as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) that are pathogenic can cause severe foodborne illness. Outbreaks are most often linked to raw or undercooked meat products, raw milk, and fecal contamination of vegetables. Source: WHO World Health Organization Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate
Mold – Yeast – Bacteria 97-98% reduction in Mold, 90+% reduction in Yeast, 99% reduction in Bacteria
Testing Summary: 97-98% reduction in Mold, 90+% reduction in Yeast, 99% reduction in Bacteria
The purpose of these tests was to evaluate the effect RGF’s Advanced Oxidation Technology has on mold, yeast and bacteria (TPC). This test was performed utilizing a standard 2,000 sq. ft. home and 3,000 sq. ft. simulated home.
Tested by California Microbiology Center
Tuberculosis- Bacteria -99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It typically attacks the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. It is spread through the air when people with infection cough, sneeze, or otherwise transmit their saliva through the air. Most infections are asymptomatic and latent, but about one in ten latent infections eventually progresses to active disease which, if left untreated, kills more than 50% of those so infected. Sources: Health and Industry / CDC Center for Disease Control Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate 99+%
Streptococcus-Strep 97+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 97+% Inactivation of Streptococcus sp.
Group A Streptococcal (strep) infections are caused by group A streptococcus, a bacterium responsible for a variety of health problems. Most infections are relatively mild illnesses, such as “strep throat”. These bacteria spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of people who are sick with an infection, or through contact
Streptococcus pneumoniae – Bacteria – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Streptococcus pneumoniae
S. pneumonia is an exclusively human pathogen and is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets, meaning that transmission generally occurs during coughing or sneezing to others within 6 feet of the carrier. The bacteria can cause many types of illnesses, including meningitis, ear infections, sinus infections, and bacteremia. Health experts estimate that more than 10 million mild infections (throat and skin) like these occur every year. Information Source: CDC CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL Tested by Kansas State University – Inactivation Rate 99+%
Staph/ Staphylococcus 99+% Inactivation
Staph/ Staphylococcus Aureus – Bacteria – 99+% Inactivation
Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as “staph”, is a bacterium commonly found on the skin and in the nose of people. Person-to-person transmission is the usual form of spread and occurs through contact with secretions from infected skin lesions, nasal discharge or spread via the hands. People infected with staph experience nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. It is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days. Information Source: CDC: CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND FDA (FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION) Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate 99+%
Legionella – Bacteria – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Legionella as tested on PanSaver® Legionella is a group of pathogenic bacteria that is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease in humans. They are found naturally in the environment, and grow best in warm water. One type of pneumonia caused by Legionella is called legionellosis, or commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease. The disease is transmitted when people breathe in a mist or vapor with the bacteria. However, they do not spread from one person to another person. Information source: CDC Centers for Disease Control Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate 99+%
Salmonella – Bacteria – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% inactivation of Salmonella Salmonella is the name of a group of bacteria and is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Every year one million people are infected, with more than 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
Source: Food Safety /CDC Center for Disease Control
Tested by Kansas State University
Pseudomonas Sp. – Bacteria – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% Inactivation of Pseudomonas sp. in 24 hours
The bacterial genus Pseudomonas includes plant pathogenic bacteria such as P. syringae, the opportunistic human pathogen, P. aeruginosa, the ubiquitous soil bacterium P. putida, and some species that are known to cause spoilage of unpasteurized milk and other dairy products. The Pseudomonads are metabolically diverse, can consequently colonize a wide range of niches, and are generally perceived to be agents of spoilage and degradation
Tested by Kansas State University Inactivation Rate 99+%
MRSA – Bacteria – 99+% Inactivation
Testing Summary: 99+% inactivation of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacterium responsible for difficult to treat infections due to its resistance to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections. RGF along with a major hospital participated in a two-year study evaluating PHI technology, which resulted in a 33.4% reduction in infections.
Source: CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Inactivation Rate 99+% – Tested by Kansas State
Testing Summary: 99% reduction of sneeze germs was achieved with PHI/ REME®
A testing protocol concept was used which included a “Sneeze Simulation Machine” and “Sneeze” chamber. A sneeze can travel at up to 100 mph, so lung capacity, sneeze pressure, and liquid volume had to be taken into consideration to properly simulate a human sneeze. This was accomplished and the test proceeded with outstanding results. An average of 99% reduction of sneeze germs was achieved with PHI/ REME® in a double blind test, at three feet from the sneeze source.
The average adult, when resting, inhales and exhales about 7 or 8 liters of air per minute. That totals about 11,000 liters of air per day!!!
A look at the REME HALO® manufacturing facilities.
Key Benefits of installing a Reme Halo
- Keeps The Air in Your Home Pure & Clean: UV Sanitization efficiently purifies the air you breath.
- Reduces Dust & Dander: Because the unit produces ions that bind with dust & Dander.
- Reduces Odors Reduces / no odors, just safe reliable operation year after year.
- Kills Dangerous Germs and Bacteria: The unit provides constant cleaning of the Air using your central air conditioning system.
- Always On / WorryFree The Reme Halo is constantly on 24/7 cleaning and purifing the air you breath
The Reme Halo is constantly on 24/7 cleaning and purifing the air you breath
Medical facilities using the Guardian Air have shown a decrease in MRSA cases, and long-term care facilities have saved tens of thousands of dollars by eliminating chemical odor cover-ups and increasing worker productivity. Public schools have shown a 15% decrease in absentee rates. The Guardian Air REME HALO™ is the only product laboratory tested and proven to reduce the germs in a sneeze by 98% before they travel 3 feet.
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An Introduction to UV-C LED Lighting for Germicidal, Sterilization and Disinfection Applications
Ultraviolet lights have shown great promise in providing effective sterilization and disinfection of surfaces. Not all UV lights are effective for sterilization and disinfection purposes, however. In this article, we'll go over the various types of UV lamps as well as technologies and wavelength ranges that do and do not effectively work for UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiance).
Different Types of Ultraviolet
Just like visible light, ultraviolet is made up of a wide range of wavelengths on a spectrum, and this requires us to be more specific when we discuss different ultraviolet lights. The specification we need to look at is the wavelength, measured in nanometers (nm). Ultraviolet wavelengths can range from 100 nm to 400 nm, which is almost as wide as the entire visible spectrum (400 nm to 800 nm). The same way there are many types of visible light (630 nm = red, 530 nm = green, 460 nm = blue, etc) that depend on their wavelengths, there are many types of ultraviolet that have different characteristics depending on their wavelength.
Ultraviolet energy is categorized by wavelength, and is broken down into the following types:
- UV-A: 315-400 nm
- UV-B: 280-315 nm
- UV-C: 100-280 nm
Perhaps the most common type of ultraviolet lamp you may come across is one that emits in the UV-A region of the spectrum. UV-A radiation is invisible until certain materials fluoresce, or "glow." Many fluorescent paints, minerals, and "blacklight" effect products are sensitive to UV-A wavelength energy. UV-A radiation is the weakest form of ultraviolet energy, but caution must be taken as it is nonetheless harmful under excessive exposure, especially as it is invisible.
Many UV LED products emit in the UV-A range, and are commonly referred to as blacklights. They are used across a variety of applications such as fluorescence, curing and blacklight artwork. Although these products are certainly considered ultraviolet, their wavelengths are far too long at 360 nanometers or higher. These wavelengths, have not been shown to be effective for germicidal or sterilization applications and therefore should not be used.
UV-B radiation has a shorter wavelength than UV-A radiation, and is generally stronger than UV-A. While both UV-A and UV-B are present in natural sunlight, UV-B is the primary wavelength that causes sunburn and skin cancer. Despite its stronger energy potential, UV-B's ability to sterilize and inactivate viruses, bacteria and molds has been shown to be quite limited.
Instead, to successfully implement an ultraviolet sterilization system using LEDs, you will need to specifically look for UV LEDs that emit in the UV-C portion of the spectrum. This is due to the way in which the DNA and RNA molecules react to these wavelengths, rendering the pathogens sterile and unable to reproduce. Therefore, you will want to have a UV light which specifically has a UV-C wavelength calibrated for germicidal applications.
Why Does it Have to be UV-C?
The reason it is absolutely critical that the correct wavelength of ultraviolet is used for germicidal applications is due to the mechanism through which the pathogen becomes deactivated. DNA and RNA are the building blocks of life, including microscopic organisms and pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and molds. Without this genetic material, pathogens are unable to reproduce, eventually leading to the death of an infectious colony.
DNA molecules are made up of nucleic acids called adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). (Uracil replaces thymine in RNA). Robust and repeated research has found that when thymine is exposed to specific ultraviolet wavelengths, the molecule absorbs the ultraviolet energy and undergoes a chemical bond change. This change in chemical bond configuration results in an alteration of the DNA sequence, which prevents the pathogen from reproducing.
Thymine (and Uracil) have an absorption spectra that are especially sensitive at wavelengths at or near 265 nanometers. At wavelengths longer than 300 nanometers, there is almost no absorption. The absorption spectra are shown in the shaded white curves in the chart below.
As the spectral chart shows, thymine and uracil are not reactive to UV-A wavelengths, and most UV-B wavelengths except those at or below 300 nanometers.
Are we certain that longer wavelengths such as UV-A do not work?
Because UV-A and longer wavelength UV products are generally more available, many people will ask if their fluorescent blacklight will work for germicidal applications. According to UVGI theory, these longer wavelength products will fail to cause a breakdown in the DNA sequence, and will not result in effective sterilization.
Research has shown that there are other photochemical processes that may occur with UV-A wavelength exposure, such as the creation of free radicals, which can contribute to inactivation. Other mechanisms, such as heat generation upon exposure, can also be potential avenues through which non UV-C radiation can result in disinfection. In general, however, research has shown that UV-C is the only wavelength band which can reliably and consistently inactivate a wide range of viruses, bacteria and molds.