Fresh-Aire UV APCO Whole-House Air Purifier
1. Odor-causing and potentially toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can accumulate in interior spaces. If unchecked these airborne chemicals can build up to dangerous levels.
2. As V.O.C. molecules pass through the APCO they are captured and held by the carbon matrix. Light from the UV lamp shines on the carbon/titanium dioxide surface creating a photocatalytic reaction which breaks down VOCs into simpler components.
3. After being transformed by the photocatalytic process all that remains of the once harmful VOCs is simple water-vapor and carbon dioxide which pass back into the air leaving the carbon matrix clean and regenerated. Because of this the APCO system is virtually maintenance free.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What type of warranty comes with these products?
All of our products come with a lifetime warranty on all parts (except lamps) with the exception of Mini UV which comes with a 1 year warranty. Lamps come with a 1 or 2 year warranty.
Why does UV light kill germs?
UV-C light (the frequency used in germicidal UV lights) kills germs by disrupting their DNA which prevents them from reproducing, effectively killing them. In nature this frequency of light is filtered out by the Earth's atmosphere so microbes have no defense against it.
Is UV light safe for children and pets?
When a UV light system is installed in a central air system the germ killing effect takes place inside the air system and is limited to that area. There is no danger to any living thing in the home except microbes that are carried by the air into the central air system.
Is it OK to look at the UV light?
Never look at the UV light when it is lit. UV-C light can give your eyes a painful "sunburn". Unplug or disconnect the unit to work on it.
Our air system isn't running so why is the UV light still on?
Is the light on 24 hours a day or only when the blower is on?
Does the UV light stay on when I run my heater?
These products are intended to be on 24 hours a day. Mold growth doesn't stop when the blower is off, and cycling the UV light on and off would shorten life of the UV lamp.
How can we purify the air when the AC or heater isn't on?
If neither my furnace nor AC is running does this still purify the air?
Running the air system in "fan" mode will cycle air through the home without turning on the AC or heater. Many programmable thermostats have a setting for this as well.
Can TUVL-100 bulb be replaced with TUVL-200 bulb?
Can I upgrade my Blue-Tube UV with a different lamp?
Yes! All Blue-Tube and Fresh-Aire UV AHU lamps are interchangeable. When it's time to replace your UV lamp you have 4 options to select from: 1 Year, 2 Year, 1 Year Odor Control, and 2 Year Odor Control.
My '1 Year' UV light still glows after 2 years - do I need to replace it?
Yes, Over time the UV effectiveness of the lamps decreases even though the lamp may still be putting out visible light. '1 Year' and '2 Year' lamp designations refer to effective UV output not when the lamp will burn out.
Will a UV light system kill mold in the walls?
No. UV-C germicidal irradiation can only kill microbes on surfaces that the light shines on directly (surface kill) or that pass by in the air stream (airborne kill).
Is there any difference between the low voltage and high (120/220v) voltage systems as far as efficiency of UV protection?
No. The high and low-voltage power supplies are used to power the same lamps. The UV light intensity of our lamps is ideal to kill germs but not damage the air system interior parts.
Is UV light radioactive? Will radiation spread into my home?
No. All light is a type of radiation but not the dangerous kind. UV light kills germs by giving them an intense “sunburn” and it only affects things it shines on directly. Nothing spreads into the home except clean air.
Can you touch the lamps?
Never look directly at, touch, or expose skin close to the UV-C light. Unlike most other manufacturers lamps Fresh-Aire UV lamps can be handled when not lit. This is because they are made using high-quality hard quartz not the soft quartz found in inexpensive imports (handling soft quartz lamps may cause them to fail).