Frequently Asked Questions
This is an active technology. Air need not pass through the unit—or within inches of the device, as is the case with traditional UV devices. With our air purification systems, microbes are destroyed throughout the target environment, wherever they are, whether in the air, on surfaces, or in crevices. Since the PCO products are safe for both humans and animals, it provides continuous protection from pathogens on a 7X24 basis.
The core technology for our air purification systems has been proven through more than 10,000 hours of independent laboratory and university testing and validation. This technology is in use in residential, clinical, and commercial buildings in many countries, and has been used by NASA on the International Space Station to protect the astronauts.
The Ux 105 effectively cleanses an indoor environment up to 5,000 square feet depending upon the pathogen ‘load’ that is present.
The Ux 105 unit plugs into a standard 110v outlet and uses the same amount of energy as a 25W light bulb. The maintenance costs (the bulb should be replaced every 3 years) plus electrical costs over a three-year period are approximately $150. In comparison, the typical HEPA filter replacement costs and electrical costs over the same period is substantially more, and the filter will not kill the pathogens, and its disposal presents environmental concerns
Because they destroy individual microbials and the reservoirs in which they multiply, our air purification instruments break not one but two of the critical links in the “chain of infection” cited in Joint Commission infection-control guidelines. Indoor air quality is a priority of both the Occupational Safety, Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Among the contaminants of concern, both cite are viruses, bacterium, mold spores, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—those specifically targeted by our air purification technology.
Laboratory and onsite testing confirms a cleansing period from just 20 minutes to 12 hours depending upon the carrying capacity(bio load). Factors affecting the total time may include temperature and the degree of humidity in the air.
Because air need not pass through the unit to be treated, the PCO Air Purifier operates effectively whether freestanding, wall-mounted, or within an HVAC duct, and can be placed anywhere within the indoor environment.
PCO technology breaks the first two “links” in the “chain of infection” identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Specifically, the photocatalytic oxidation process destroys both the pathogen and the pathogenic reservoir—the place where the microbial lives and grows.
In terms of performance, the technology has been proven more than 99% effective in killing microbial populations (see detailed test results). In terms of longevity, the entire unit is warranted for two full years.
LumaClean™ Glass: Glass surfaces such as windows, solar panels, automotive glass, architectural glass
LumaClean™ Indoor: Indoor surfaces exposed to mostly indoor light
LumaClean™ Multipurpose: Surfaces exposed to large amounts of UV light, outdoor applications
LumaClean™ Primer: Organic surfaces that USA Nanocoat LumaClean will be applied to, acting as an inorganic barrier. Plastic or other hard hydrophobic surfaces to increase adhesion.
Ensure a clean, dry surface before application. For glass and other hard surfaces a surface degreaser, such as our Glass Cleaner, can be used. If the glass is heavily soiled, a glass scraper may be necessary. If the surface is organic in nature and will be exposed to large amounts of UV exposure, USA Nanocoat LumaClean Primer should be applied prior to the final USA Nanocoat LumaClean product.
LumaClean™ Primer is used under two conditions, the first being on an organic surface to act as an inorganic barrier between the active LumaClean coating (Multipurpose or Indoor) and the substrate the coating is being applied to, such as an organic paint. The LumaClean Primer can also be used to increase adhesion and act as a binding agent between the surface and the coating.
3 to 12 hours are required for the film to fully dry. The dry time can be accelerated with heat so long as the temperature does not exceed 600C. Once the coating has fully dried, the coating will not dissolve in water.
The coating will fully cure in about 2 months. At this point, the coating will have achieved maximum hardness (2H-5H depending on the coating/substrate).
If there is an area of the coating that needs to be reworked, the coating should be removed immediately. Coating can be removed by wiping with water and a cloth.
All tools can be rinsed with water to remove any remaining coating solution.
LumaClean™ Glass: 2 years, unopened, from the date of manufacture if stored under recommended conditions.
LumaClean™ Primer: 5 years, unopened, from the date of manufacture if stored under recommended conditions.
LumaClean™ Indoor: 5 years, unopened, from the date of manufacture if stored under recommended conditions.
LumaClean™ Multipurpose: 5 years, unopened, from the date of manufacture if stored under recommended conditions.
ISO 22197: Photocatalytic material – Certified
ISO 22197-1:2007 (Removal of NOx)
ISO 22197-2:2011 (removal of acetaldehyde)
ISO 22197-3:2011 (removal of toluene)
ISO 22197-4:2013 (removal of formaldehyde)
ASTM G 154: Artificial Weathering – No Changes
ASTM D 4585: Humidity – No Changes
ASTM D 1308: Chemical Resistance – No Changes
TiO2 is titanium dioxide. It is one of the oldest known and well-studied chemical compounds. It is a naturally occurring compound that is widely used range of applications including paints, sunscreen, toothpaste, diary and food product
Ultraviolet (UV) is invisible, high-energy light making up 6.6% of the incident solar energy that hits the planet from the Sun.
A nanoparticle is any particle whose diameter is between 1-100 nanometers (nm) in size. A nanometer is 1,000,000,000 or 1 billion times smaller than a meter. These small particles have incredibly high surface areas and interesting chemical and optical properties. The high surface area increases the particle’s effectiveness in performing chemical reactions.