American Air and Water Ultraviolet Air Cleaners and UV Water Purifiers
 
 
 

UV Light Air Purification And Sterilization FAQ

The following are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the American-Lights® Air Cleanser and the UV technology it utilizes.


Q: Can I request a quote on the costs of a specific installation?
Q: Does The Ultraviolet Light Really Work?

Q: Has The UV Light Technology Been Tested?

Q: How Does The American-Lights® UV Cleanser Work?

Q: What Kind Of Germs Are Affected?

Q: Is UV Light Harmful To People?

Q: What Is The Life Of The UV Lamp?

Q: Does The American-Lights® UV Light Operate Continuously?

Q: Is The American-Lights® Expensive To Operate?

Q: How Do I Know When It Is Time To Replace The Bulb?

Q: Is It Safe To Look At The Light Trough The Sight-Glass?

Q: Why not use an ozone generating cleanser?

Q: Don’t filters eliminate germs?

Q: What is the American-Lights® warranty?

Q: How can I get a American-Lights® Cleanser installed?

Q: During initial operation, the bulb burns green instead of blue. Is this normal?


Q: Can I request a Quote on a specific installation?

A. Absolutely. In order for us to quote the best UV product for your needs please follow the links bellow:

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Q: Does UV really work?

A. Absolutely. UV has been proven under numerous studies for its ability to destroy the DNA of germs: viruses, mold, spores, fungi, and bacteria. It works at different levels depending on what one wants to accomplish.

Example 1: In the commercial world, i.e. hospitals, clean rooms and food processing plants, the objective would be to have instantaneous kill. Therefore, lamp bulbs would blanket the air passage system and the airflow directed over and between lamps, which provide for maximum kill of air pollutants. This process is very expensive.

Example 2: In residential applications, the objective is to create a cost effective and continuous method of cleansing the air. The kill rate of air pollutants is a function of space, time and the intensity of UV. Because UV has been proven to work on a cumulative manner, the bad air is cleansed over time and subsequent passages over the lamp. One washes his/her hands more than once a day to periodically rid oneself of germs. Germs are constantly invading our homes via people sneezing, coughing, pets scratching and other routes. The UV technology now gives us the opportunity to clean the air within our homes continuously in a very cost effective manner.

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Q: Has UV technology been tested?

A. Yes. Westinghouse Electric, General Electric, and Penn State University conducted laboratory tests on the effectiveness of UV light on micro-organisms. UV light has also been used in wastewater plants and commercial settings for over 60 years.

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Q: How does the American-Lights® UV System Work?

A. The American-Lights® system is installed at either the cold air return or supply side of your heating and air conditioning system. The lamp emits UV light that greatly reduces or eliminates germs circulated by the HVAC system. The American-Lights® lamp emits UV rays at the optimum level for germ kill effectiveness. It is the strongest rated bulb on the market.

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Q: What kind of germs are affected?

A. American-Lights® is extremely effective against virtually any airborne microbe including rhinoviruses (colds), influenza, bacteria, molds and mold spores.

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Q: Is UV light harmful to people?

A. Prolonged, direct exposure to UV light is harmful to all living organisms, including people. However, the American-Lights® system has been designed with safety in mind. There is minimum exposure to people. This provides for safe operation and maintenance.

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Q: What is the life of the UV lamp?

A. The American-Lights® bulb has a three-year life span. However, it is recommended that it be changed every year to keep the environmental system in top performance range.
 

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Q: Does the American-Lights® system operate continuously?

A. Yes. The American-Lights® system works 24 hours a day to cleanse the indoor air. This is not true with some other units that turn on and off with the HVAC blower motor.

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Q: Is the American-Lights® expensive to operate?

A. Not at all. The American-Lights® bulb only consumes about seven cents a day in energy costs. For best results, simply keep the bulb free of dust and replace the bulb once a year to keep the system running at peak performance.

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Q: How do I know when it is time to replace the bulb?

A. There is an indicator or sight-glass located approximately six inches from the American-Lights® UV chassis, that will glow as the lamp is working.

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Q: If UV is harmful, is it safe to look at the light through the sight-glass?

A. UV light cannot pass through glass. There is no harm to look at the sight-glass to see if the unit is properly operating. The sight-glass is an indicator and there is no need to look through it to see if the lamp is working. Just observe from a short distance.

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Q: Why not use an ozone generating cleanser?

A. The EPA and American Lung Association are strongly against the use of ozone for indoor use. It has been determined that ozone is corrosive to lung tissue as we breathe. In addition, ozone is known to be very corrosive and can damage your HVAC system.

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Q: Don’t filters eliminate germs?

A. Filters do trap microbes; but even the most sophisticated ones do not contain 100% of the germs. The microorganisms not trapped will reproduce quickly and spread throughout your home. The filter can become a breeding ground for new microbial colonies.

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Q: What is the American-Lights® warranty?

A. The American-Lights® Cleansing System has a 5-year warranty on the chassis and 1 year on the UV bulb from the date of installation by an authorized dealer, documented by sales receipt or dealer warranty card.

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Q: How can I get a American-Lights® System installed?

A. Submit your Find a Contractor for the Installation form or call Enhance-It at 843-306-0070 for the name of a contractor nearest you. Or you can contact your own contractor and ask him to request information.

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Technical Question: During initial operation, the bulb burns green instead of blue. Is this normal?

A. No - The mercury has not had sufficient time to warm-up. After five (5) minutes, the bulb may be deemed defective.

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