Florida Hospital, a 2,247-bed acute care medical facility in the US, has selected UltraViolet Devices (UVDI) to supply ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technologies.
The not-for-profit health care provider has had ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technologies installed in air handling units of the hospital's HVAC system to improve indoor air quality (IAQ).
Florida Hospital energy management and control director Ben Fitzgerald said, "Moving forward we will be utilising the UVDI standard intensity approach for applying UV-C in our air handling units."
The UVGI technologies are expected to increase energy efficiency, reduce impact on the environment, increase sustainability and improve O&M by maintaining building operating efficiencies.
Florida Hospital conducted an in-house project to test the effectiveness of UV-C products from four major manufacturers, analysing the ease of installation and service, lighting effectiveness and total cost of ownership.
UVDI south-eastern regional sales manager Ross Shoemaker said the company is pleased with the results of Florida Hospital's analysis of UV-C systems.
"The total cost of ownership for UVDI's UV-C system proved to be less than half that of the other manufacturers evaluated. This is a powerful endorsement of UVDI's overall strategy of optimum UV-C intensity and dosage," Shoemaker added.
The application of UVC energy to inactivate microorganisms is known as germicidal irradiation or UVGI. Artificial UVC energy is produced in germicidal ultraviolet lamps which produce UV radiation by ionising low-pressure mercury vapour.