UVC air purifiers do not use active carbon or ionic air purifiers but instead they use UV lamps that are placed at the front of the unit. The UV light breaks up the organic molecules into smaller more breathable particles.
This method of purification is very effective and is used in many industrial purification processes.
The downside is that the process of breaking down the molecules is still very messy. That being said there are no other air purification methods that can break down the most harmful vapors in the air.
UV air purifiers are best for eliminating odors, gases and VOCs but not for eliminating bacteria or viruses.
UV air purifiers are available in many different shapes and sizes. The units can be small enough to fit in the corner of a room or large enough to cover the entire room.
Are UVC air purifiers really dangerous?
There is a lot of controversy surrounding UVC filters, and for good reason. The fact is that UVC light is dangerous for humans and animals, and the problem with UVC air purifiers is that they emit potentially harmful UVC light which is invisible to the human eye.
The UVC light emitted is known to cause DNA damage, which can lead to skin cancer. However, it is worth noting that the UV-C light emitted by UVC air purifiers is several orders of magnitude weaker than sunlight.
Therefore, the exposure to UVC light from an air purifier is much lower than exposure to the same amount of UVC light from the sun.
Breathing air with a high concentration of UVC light is also potentially dangerous and can lead to respiratory problems.
Therefore, it is important to note that UVC air purifiers do emit harmful UVC light, but the exposure to it is much lower than exposure to sunlight.