I’m a big believer in embracing new technologies that better human lives, especially from a health standpoint.
The new hospital in my city was designed and built during the COVID pandemic, and they have taken full advantage of the latest and greatest machines and equipment to serve their patients.
This means isolated rooms that have their own heating and cooling systems that are separate from one another. My mom’s last stay in the older hospital resulted in her being in a shared room during the middle of the pandemic, and what few times during that I was allowed to visit I was constrained by a number of strict rules. So it’s really nice having this new hospital upgraded and also so close to my home. One of the features these rooms utilize for cleaner air is UV-C air filtration systems. Air passes over the surface of a UV-C bulb which burns off allergens and contagions that are airborne. I have a UV-C bulb on either side of the evaporator coil in my central HVAC system’s air handler. These two UV-C bulbs are important for clean indoor air for people like me who live in Orland Park, IL and who possess a lot of allergies. However, you have to be careful about not neglecting the replacement of these bulbs at least once a year. Failing to replace the bulb at least once annually will result in a marked reduction in performance to the point at which the bulbs become inert in their sanitization capabilities. On top of that, the UV-C bulbs inside HVAC systems will still emit visible light after they’ve stopped working as air cleaners.