UV-C Basics

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General UV-C Sanitizing Basics

What Is UV-C Light?

Light is electromagnetic radiation.

UV light is a classification of this light. Our sun emits all types of light, many of which we are familiar with today.

A few of these types of light include, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, and gamma rays.

We subdivide UV light into three types, UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. UV-C is can not pass the atmosphere. Since it cannot pass through the atmosphere, pathogens can not build up immunities.

UV-C passes through the weak walls of microorganisms and disrupts their DNA and RNA.

Our UV-C lamps are a photon based purification system that produce photolysis. Photolysis is the use to break down chemical compounds.

Photolysis kills and inactivates allergens, viruses, bacteria, and mold.

We call Electromagnetic Photolysis.

This purification system is the most effective disinfection method, the best sanitation method. Purifying the air and all surfaces within the effective range.

What Is UV-C Light?

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Is UV-C Light Safe To Use?

UV-C light is safe to use, with restrictions. It is not recommended to be in the room when using a UV-C disinfection device. Most of the dead skin on on our bodies will absorb the UV-C, but the complication for this could be a rash.

If you look at the UV-C device while it is running, a short time is okay but the the complication here would be conjunctivitis.

Smart UV makes its UV-C devices with safety features and protective eyewear to ensure your safety.

The Apollo uses an ozone-free bulb and produces no ozone. There is a 10 second delay to start The Apollo, and uses 5-meter motion detection sensors for pets and unexpected visitors. The Apollo also comes with UV-C protective glasses and a remote, if you wish to use the unit from a distance.

Smart UV uses a 30 second delay to start the unit. Smart UV produces a small amount of ozone, for double sanitation, and it is best to wait 30-45 minutes after use to allow the odor to dissipate.

The Helios UV-C wand uses LED UV-C and this is different than the lamps. UV-C when emitted from an LED will be direct and funneled and concentrated. This is why we can use low level wattage, and why Helios is safe to hold for surface disinfection.

Smart UV's UV-C disinfection devices should only be used by adults, as which all other disinfection agents. They are chemical-free, and they are still used for sanitation purposes and best used in the hands of an adult.

Is UV-C Light Safe?

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Does UV-C Need Direct Contact?

UV-C light does have to shine on the area to disinfect. UV-C light has very low reflection rates, and can not even pass through glass. For good disinfection in a room, we recommend more than one unit.

It is also a possibility to move the unit around once or twice to ensure good room sanitation levels.

If a user is looking to disinfect an entire room with The Apollo, then we recommend three units placed in uniform throughout the room. This ensures no shadows and a complete disinfection cycle.

Does UV-C Need Direct Contact?

Pathogens can’t build up an immune response...

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Does This Work On Mold?

UV-C light is an excellent method to kill mold and other types of allergens.

The disinfection effect from UV-C light isn’t something organic allergens or bacteria can build up a tolerance to.

This will work for musty smells as well.

Does This Work On Mold?

UV-C light is an excellent method to kill mold and other types of allergens...

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Can UV-C Pass Through Glass?

UV-C can't pass through standard glass.

It can pass through quartz, which is what our bulbs are made out of. It is completely safe to look at UVC light through standard glass.

The blue light passes through. The ultraviolet (unseen) germicidal light will be stopped in its tracks from glass and other transparent plastics.

Can UV-C Pass Through Glass?

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Can This Cause a Germ Immunity Buildup?

UV-C does not cause any type of germ immunity buildup. These resistances are formed form as a reaction of chemical compounds breaking down germs. UV-C is chemical-free.

It operates very differently than chemical compounds. There is no chance for germs to buildup a resistance, as the light is essentially just transferring massive amounts of energy directly to the DNA or RNA of the germ.

It's like saying germs will buildup an immunity to heat. While possible for a few very rare germs, it's not for common ones and it is even more "far fetched" for UV-C.

Can This Cause a Germ Immunity Buildup?

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SmartAir FAQ Overview

What Are The Numbers On The Display?

Air quality is measured in Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5). Also called "particle pollution", is a term for a mix of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air.

PM2.5 comes from outdoor and indoor sources, such as smoking, cooking, burning candles, fireplaces, and fuel-burning space heaters.

These particles can be formed as a result of burning fuel, forest fires, and natural chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere.

Then we have temperature and humidity. SmartAir cycles through these periodically on the display. They can also all be seen on the App on one screen.

What is The Numbers On The Display?

Air quality is measured in Particulate Matter...

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What is UVC Charged Filter Technology?

SmartAir uses UVC Charged Filter Technology to improve air quality.

A dual filter system, with a HEPA-Type outer filter to capture up to 99.9% dust & particulates.

The inner filter is nano-coated in a photo-catalyst to react with UVC light. It charges the inner filter, generating highly reactive free radicals throughout its surface.

As air is pull in, pollutants are "attacked" by these free radicals - breaking down any lingering pollutants into harmless byproducts.

SmartAir then releases air so fresh you'll feel like you stole it from the mountain top.

What is UVC Charged Filter Technology?

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How Do I Know My SmartAir Is Working?

There are a few things to note here. Some customers ask this in regards to the UV function, and others in "general air purifying potency".

Let's answer the first question first. You know if the UV function is working with the indicator button right above the UV.

If you're looking for assurance, there's a little light leakage that can be seen from peering in at the top.

UVC doesn't bounce, so this is safe to look at. It's just the visible blue light reflection. Easily seen in darker environments.

Next, in most environments, you'll see fluctuations of your air quality in PM2.5. You can see it with incense, cooking, high dust environments, etc. Some particles are too small to set off the air quality monitoring. Please note this.

In these environments, I would suggest running SmartAir Pro for an hour, high cycle, and come back to see if you notice a difference in the air quality.

Many customers in unfavorable environments have noticed significant differences and very quickly, one might even say - immediately.

How Do I Know My SmartAir is Working?

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How Does SmartAir Target Smoke & Odors?

The inner filter of SmartAir is a dense pack of nano-coated activated carbon. This works to adsorb gaseous pollutants, slow them down and allow fresh air passes through unhindered.

The slowed-down smoke and odors are "attacked" by hydroxy radicals, and super-oxide ions. This helps not only reduce but to destroy.

How Does SmartAir Target Smoke & Odors?

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What Are VOC's?

VOCs stand for Volatile Organic Compounds with high vapor pressure and low water solubility properties. Most VOCs are derived from man-made chemicals found in petroleum fuels, paint thinners and dry cleaning agents.

VOCs can be emitted from solid or liquid artificial chemicals in a gaseous state. Exposure to some of these chemicals can have short- and long-term adverse health effects.

It has been found that the concentrations of many VOCs are higher indoors potentially ten times higher than outdoors.

This is because VOCs are produced by a variety of products ranging in the thousands. Such as paints, paint strippers, pesticides, cleaning supplies, lacquers, building materials, furnishings, office equipment specifically printers and copiers, copy paper, carbonless copy paper, craft materials like adhesives and glues and permanent markers.

Another factor that contributes to the substantial VOCs concentration indoors is many household products contain organic solvents like paints, wax, varnishes, cosmetics and cleaning products and fuels.

All of these household products have the potential to release organic compounds when in use or stored.

Based on studies conducted by the EPA these higher VOCs levels persist in both rural and urban homes and that very high exposure to these chemicals occurs when these products are used and high concentrations can linger in the air long after use.

What Are VOC's?

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How Do Nano-Coated Filters Work?

SmartAir's inner filter is nano-coated in a light reacting catalyst. This is known as a photo-catalyst. As a specific range of light shines, UVC light - this causes the nano-coating to generate free radicals throughout its surface.

The reaction is on the surface level, creating a hyper-reactive "pollutant-attacking" filter.

To ensure the UV function is not isolated in sanitizing, but so it can charge the inner filter it is important to replace your filter at 6 month intervals.

How Do Nano-Coated Filters Work?

SmartAir's inner filter is nano-coated in a light reacting catalyst...

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Does SmartAir Release Ozone?

No. This is one of the most misinformed topics in the air purification space. With good reason. Ozone is powerful.

SmartAir uses ultraviolet-C bulbs for sanitizing and catalyzing the nano-coated filter to activate PCO. Standard ultraviolet-C irradiation bulbs are clear quartz and allow lower-frequency wavelengths to pass through. These lower wavelengths are responsible for creating ozone.

Our bulbs are doped fused quartz, blocking all lower wavelengths, preventing any ozone creation. This is pure germicidal UV-C.

Tested to show no measurable output. Safe to use anywhere in the home or workplace.

Does SmartAir Release Ozone?

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How Loud is SmartAir?

SmartAir Pro is not very loud. In fact, its super quiet. The absolute loudest SmartAir Pro gets is 62 decibels (dB), about as loud as a standard conversation. On the lower settings it is below 30 - quiet as a whisper.

How Loud is SmartAir?

SmartAir Pro is not very loud. In fact, its super quiet...

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How Often To Use the UV Function?

The UV function activates the unique photocatalyst purification process, and increases the ability of SmartAir to remove harmful pollutants significantly.

This can be used continuously, and is recommended.

The only replacements recommended would be for the filter set, every 6 months. This ensures optimal purification.

How Often To Use the UV Function?

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Is SmartAir Safe To Use In A Room?

Yes, SmartAir is safe to use in any room.

Is SmartAir Safe To Use In A Room?

Yes, SmartAir is safe to use in any room.

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What Has SmartAir Been Tested For?

SmartAir has been tested in single pass tests and multi pass pathogen removal applications. With tested applications for dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and viruses. View SmartAir's testing here:

SmartAir MS2-Phage Viral Testing
SmartAir Single Pass Particulate Testing
SmartAir Pro MS2-Phage Viral Testing
SmartAir Pro Single Pass Particulate Testing

What Has SmartAir Been Tested For?

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Can I Share Control Over The App?

Can I Share Control Over The App?Yes. The SmartAir App allows for account creation and shareability of your SmartAir features to others.You can set up schedules, timers, name them, and monitor.

Can I Share Control Over The App?

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Apollo FAQ For Safety & Use

Can I Be In The Same Room?

It is not recommended to be in the room when using a UV-C disinfection device.

Most of the dead skin on on our bodies will absorb the UV-C, but the complication for this could be a rash. If you look at the UV-C device while it is running, a short time is okay but the the complication here would be conjunctivitis. When used in the recommended way, UV-C light is safe to use, with restrictions.

Smart UV makes its UV-C devices with safety features and protective eyewear to ensure your safety.

The Apollo uses an ozone-free bulb and produces no ozone. There is a 10 second delay to start The Apollo, and uses 5-meter motion detection sensors for pets and unexpected visitors. The Apollo also comes with UV-C protective glasses and a remote, if you wish to use the unit from a distance.

Smart UV uses a 30 second delay to start the unit. Smart UV produces a small amount of ozone, for double sanitation, and it is best to wait 30-45 minutes after use to allow the odor to dissipate.

Smart UV's UV-C disinfection devices should only be used by adults, as which all other disinfection agents. They are chemical-free, and they are still used for sanitation purposes and best used in the hands of an adult.

Can I Be In The Same Room With Apollo?

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Is UV-C Safe For Plants?

It is not safe to use UV-C light next to plants.

We recommend moving the plants outside the room when using any UV-C products, or covering them up.

Is Apollo's UV-C Safe For Plants?

It is not safe to use UV-C light next to plants...

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Does UV-C Damage Things?

UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C are all emitted from the sun but UV-C doesn’t make it through the atmosphere. So the typical UV damage from the sun that you’re familiar with is from either UV-A or UV-B.

UV-C is typically only found in man-made devices and it's been dubbed the germicidal wavelength because it disrupts the RNA and DNA of bacteria, viruses, germs etc. and this is where it's the most effective.

Things like wood etc. would take a very long time to affect. Over a long period of time, you might see some effects, but it's not something you should worry about.

UV-C light does fade certain color fabrics over a long period of time. We recommend that they are removed from the room.

Does Apollo's UV-C Damage Things?

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What Is Ozone? Do I Need It?

Ozone destroys pathogens by ripping electrons from them and breaking their cellular walls in a process called oxidation. Ozone also destroys organic and inorganic contaminants through the same electron-ripping process and breaks them down to their base elements.

Ozone is extremely powerful and the reaction is virtually instantaneous. This process of ripping electrons stabilizes the ozone molecule and converts it back to regular O2. This give-and-take process is also referred to as reduction/oxidation or redox for short.

Ozone is carcinogenic and should not be breathed in. Ozone levels should never exceed the following average: 0.10 ppm (parts per million) for 8 hours per day exposure.

Most individuals do not need strong ozone producing lamps. It is double sanitation and provides extra levels of disinfection.

The ozone producing Apollo unit can be purchased upon request. When using an ozone producing Apollo, a 4 hour wait time before entering the room is required, and the recommendation is to use the devices at night.

What Is Ozone Emitting UV-C? Do I Need It?

Ozone destroys pathogens by ripping electrons from them...

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Do Your Lamps Produce Ozone?

The Apollo has uses an ozone-free bulb, and creates no odor or ozone. Helios uses LED UV-C and produces no ozone.

The Smart UV disinfection Lamp run at the germicidal UV-C wavelength of 253.7nm and some at 180nm. This produces a small amount of ozone, for double sanitation, and it is best to wait 30-45 minutes after use to allow the odor to dissipate.

The 180nm frequency reacts with the oxygen to create ozone (O3) and this is where it comes from.

Does Apollo Produce Ozone?

The Apollo has uses an ozone-free bulb, and creates no odor or ozone...

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Can I Use These Products In A Dental Office, Showroom, Hotel Etc.

Yes, our products have a wide range of commercial applications.

For large rooms we recommend the Apollo UV-C unit. You can use multiple Apollo units at once to cover a larger space.

Can I Use These Products In A Dental Office, Gym, Hotel Etc?

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What Wavelength Do Your Lamps Emit UV-C Light At?

The Apollo emits only at the germicidal wavelength of 253.7nm.

Smart UV Mini emits at 253.7nm and some at 180nm (so a bit of ozone is created).

SmartUV Wand emits at 270-280nm through LED concentrated diodes.

What Specific Wavelength Do Your Products Emit At?

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Are These Battery Operate? Are They Rechargeable?

Our portable Smart UV's are battery powered and can be recharged by MicroUSB.

SmartUV Wand is battery powered and can be recharged by MicroUSB.

The Apollo requires a standard wall socket plugin.

Are These Battery Operate? Are They Rechargeable?

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