All is fair in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. One of these tools is a quartz ultraviolet lamp, which can kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that fly in the air and settle on surfaces. We have already explained how quartz lamps can help fight the virus. Here we want to tell you how an ordinary quartz lamp differs from a recirculator, what models are found and how to choose a quartz lamp for your home.
What is the difference between a quartz irradiator and a recirculator?
Recirculator or quartz lamp: which is better? It all depends on the purpose of the application. For example, if you want to disinfect not only the air in the room, but also the objects in it, you will need an open-type lamp. Returning home after visiting a supermarket or pharmacy, it would be correct to light the outerwear with a lamp (some types of fabric can fade). Also, some types of such lamps allow you to treat respiratory diseases in children, so they can be bought in order to kill two birds with one stone. For example, a quartz lamp is used for such purposes. Sun OUFK-01…
The recirculator disinfects only air. It is worth buying it for rooms with high traffic of people (office, workshop) or for an apartment in order to regularly cleanse the air from bacteria, especially if there is a sick person in the apartment. After visiting the room, we turn on the lamp, and the air is purified. Therefore, we decide on the goal, and then we will definitely understand which quartz lamp is better to buy.
Please note that the performance indicator is indicated in m3/ h That is, if we take a device that pumps only 28 m3/ h, then we will have to wait a whole hour for the air to be completely cleared. This is quite long, so it is better to take a device with a higher performance.
On some models, the serviceable area may be indicated instead of the fan capacity. Everything is simpler here – we choose the device that corresponds to the area of the largest room in your apartment.
Degree of disinfection
An open or closed quartz lamp has a parameter for the degree of room disinfection. The higher it is, the smaller viruses the device can kill (the size of COVID-19 is quite large in comparison with other viruses, so even a lamp with a degree of disinfection below 95% will kill it). The best quartz lamp for your home should kill 90 – 99% of bacteria in your apartment.
Before treating diseases with a quartz lamp, consult your doctor about its correct use.
Rating of germicidal lamps of open and semi-closed type
The simplest, cheapest and most effective lamp for disinfecting a room and objects in it. It fights well against pathogens such as acute respiratory infections, diphtheria, chickenpox, COVID-19 coronavirus, whooping cough and rubella. It is also allowed to use a lamp to combat fungus. Therefore, the lamp can be safely used to combat fungus in unventilated warehouses and boxes. The device is designed to serve a room with an area of no more than 20 m2 and a ceiling height of up to 3 m.
In order to kill the influenza virus, it will take 85 minutes, E. coli – 70 minutes, fungus – 565 minutes. The instructions that come with the device indicate the operating time for other viruses and bacteria (it is useful if you know exactly what kind of infectious disease a person is sick in the room that needs to be disinfected). After using the lamp, it is necessary within 20 minutes. ventilate the room as it emits ozone.
There is a whole series of semi-closed ultraviolet lamps produced by the Novgorod plant “Solnyshko”. On sale you can find irradiators marked from 01 to 09 (manufacturer’s designation). The “weakest” one, which is better suited for a children’s room, is OUFK-01. It is designed for disinfection of premises up to 12 m2and also treats colds and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. OUFK-02, 04, 05, 06, 07 and 08 lamps are more powerful analogs of the OUFK-01 model and are designed to handle larger rooms. Which quartz lamp is the best? It all depends on the size of your home.
The OUFK-03 lamp is a specialized quartz lamp operating in the UV range of 300 – 400 nm. It is more intended for sunburn and the production of vitamin D, although it can also disinfect the room.
Top recirculators 2020
This is a closed-type irradiator, so it is completely safe for both adults and children. Quite compact and lightweight, so it does not take up much space in the apartment. The power of the device is only 36 W, so the power consumption is minimal. Recirculator fan capacity – 60 m3/ h, enough for work in a room with an area of no more than 20 m2…
The recirculator is equipped with two UV lamps with protective UV glass. They are capable of killing up to 95% of bacteria and viruses flying in the air. Air ionization is not provided here. Also, this device has an older brother – Crystal-3. It performs all the same functions, but is already designed for 30-40 m2 area.
A good expensive recirculator, which, in addition to disinfection, cleans the air from dust, pollen and allergens. The circulated air undergoes seven stages of purification: pre-filter, electrostatic, carbon, HEPA, photocatalytic, UV lamp and ionizer. Thanks to this, the air is purified from 99.9% of bacteria. This device can be used indoors with people. The device is equipped with a timer that allows you to set a specific operating time for cleaning a specific room.
The performance of the device is 300 m3/ h, which corresponds to approximately 110 m2 area. In fact, this unit can completely purify the air in one hour in a medium-sized house. The fan performance can be increased or decreased depending on the needs. There are also built-in dust and smoke detectors. For example, if someone smokes in the room, the device will automatically turn on and begin to ventilate the air.
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