Ultraviolet lights used in fight against COVID-19

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 08:30:39-04

(WXYZ) — There is a tool being used in the fight against COVID-19. Ultraviolet lights used in medical centers are starting to make their way way into other buildings.

The lights are placed inside HVAC units, sterilizing the air inside the buildings. A local company sells these light kits and business has been booming.

“Anywhere, anybody is breathing, this technology is appropriate,” said Jeff Wooten with Griffin International in Chesterfield.

They sell ultraviolet light systems that can be placed in HVAC units. When air circulates through, it’s gets zapped, killing bacteria, pathogens and viruses, including COVID-19.

This has been widely used in hospitals for years.

But with growing coronavirus concerns, the company has been getting orders from office buildings, schools and homeowners.

“Any place where there is a human being.”

Not just humans, local animal shelters and dog grooming facilities have ordered the light system. Griffin also offers mobile kits that can be placed in rooms.

The ultraviolet-C rays kill viruses on surfaces. Those have been used anywhere from operating rooms to locker rooms. Each product is customized, so you are probably thinking its pretty pricey.

Jeff says the HVAC light systems can cost about $200 for a home.

“It’s much less expensive than you would think.”

Hospitals and office buildings could cost a couple of hundred thousand dollars. But Jeff says the cost to breathe easy is priceless.

“Just like the room you are sitting in with clean, purified, sterilized air.”

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