Frequently Asked Questions

How does the ultraviolet light in the Wave Air Purifier kill both

biological and chemical contaminants?

Wave UV uses a “J” Lamp that produces UVC and UVV light (both wavelengths are fused into the Lamp).

UV-C is a short-wave radiation: it attacks the DNA of the cell. This wavelength’s primary uses are for the destruction of bacteria, viruses, mold and other microorganisms that pass through the Aluminum Reflector Tube. The Centers of Disease Control recommends this method for destroying viruses such as tuberculosis.

UV-V is primarily used for oxidation; this is the portion of the lamp that will destroy chemicals and odors such as cigarette smoke, VOC’s, aerosols cleaning solvents and formaldehyde.

What makes the Wave UV different from other UV purifiers?

1 - The increased volume of air with contaminants that are subjected to UV, and the extended dwell time that they are in proximity to the UV increases the kill rate in a shorter time frame with less air passes.

In a single UV System the lamp is installed perpendicular with the airflow, and the UV intensity decreases as the contaminants are further away. At 2” away from the surface of the lamp, the UV efficiency drops 80% and the decline is exponential the farther away from the Lamp you move. In the Wave the air flow with contaminants travel over the UV lamp in a parallel direction and pass through a turbulator that slows down the airflow and mixes it to increase the time and quantity of air exposed to the UV lamp. In addition, the reflectors amplify the UV energy in the Wave air purifier the airflow is decreased to increase the exposure thus decreasing the time needed to effectively purify the air with less passes.

2- The J lamp is composed of two different wave lengths enabling it to destroy thousands of contaminants in more categories as opposed to single lamps which have reduced effectiveness.

Why use ultraviolet purification over filtration with filters?

Ultraviolet light has been known for over fifty years to be an effective natural sterilizer of air pollution, and the UV disinfection of an ultraviolet air purification system works in the same way to destroy hazardous micro-organisms such as molds and viruses. As dangerous microbes pass by the lamp of a UV air purifier, their DNA is mutated, leaving them unable to reproduce and rendering them harmless. Air emitted from the ultraviolet air purification system is clean and thus, safe for breathing. It requires no maintenance or filters that determine the effectiveness.

Filtration is limited to the specifications of the media as to the size of contaminants and requires airflow through it. When the filter becomes clogged and is not replaced then the air flow is restricted and the filtration process is minimized. The filters are costly to replace.

What does the unit do to viruses?

A Wave UV air purifier will destroy biological contaminants which include all types of viruses by attacking the DNA of the cell and destroying it. It will also destroy mold spores, dust mites, pollen, and bacteria viruses and musty odors. The Wave Air purifier has the capacity to eradicate biological contaminants but the effectiveness depends on the amount of time it operates and the ability for the contaminated air to travel through the unit.

Does a WAVE UV purifier have to run 24 hours a day?

The in-duct model is designed to run 24 hours a day. That is not to say that it will. The in-duct model has a sensor that allows the air purifier to run only when the fan is on. In times when the air handler is not on it is recommended to run the fan for 2 hours. When conditions arise such as the presence of odors or chemicals, you can increase the operation time for an additional hour or as needed.

With the portable unit you can operate it for an hour a day or increase the time depending on conditions. You can the easily move it to another room.

How much electricity does a WAVE UV consume?

The Whole House Unit (WUV-H45) uses 37 watts of electricity. The Portable Unit (WUV-P40) uses 85 watts of electricity.

Does a WAVE UV produce ozone?

As part of the Wave process involved in UV air treatment, the UVV (187 nm) portion of the lamp is fused to the UVC (254 nm) portion of the glass. Wave lamps are not ozone generators; ozone is a bi-product of oxidation. As the oxidation is emitted from the UVV portion of the Lamp, the UVC wavelength immediately starts to break down residual ozone that may be present. Wave UV is treating the chemical contaminants in the air at that moment in time; this is one of the components of its patent. The amount of residual ozone produced by a Wave UV purifier with the UVC/UVV “J” lamp has been measured by independent accredited testing laboratories and found not to exceed 0.0035 parts per million at the outlet of the purifier. This is less than 1/10th of the ASHRAE limit (0.05 ppm) and less than 1/20th of the OSHA (0.10 ppm) standards for safe ozone levels. In fact, the UV process produces less residual ozone than a photocopier or the arcing from an electronic air cleaner, and in documented air quality tests, zero ozone levels have been found in the living or working area.