Healthy Schools

Modine Offers Germicidal Air Disinfection for K–12 Schools

HVAC indoor air quality company Modine has debuted the VidaShield UV24 Active Air Disinfection System for the K–12 school market. The product line combines UV-C light irradiation with air circulating fans and an optional ceiling light, the company said.

The UV24 is a “fast, continuous air disinfectant system” that works by drawing in airborne pathogens and pollutants with a fan array, where the air passes through a MERV 6 filter to trap larger particulates while allowing pathogens to pass through to a shielded UV light chamber, Modine said. The chamber houses a 253.7 nm UV-C bulb, which neutralizes bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

The company said the system will help eliminate the SARS Covid-19 virus, coronaviruses and viruses or bacteria that cause Influenza A, the common cold, measles, mumps, tuberculosis, pneumonia, MRSA, and C Diff.

"Airborne pathogens are a significant contributor to the spread of illness, which can ultimately lead to missed school days for students," said Kimberly Raduenz, Modine’s indoor air quality division strategic marketing manager. "The CDC recommends adding germicidal solutions in high-risk areas to better combat pathogens. VidaShield UV24 … is safe for occupied spaces while also being easy to install. When combined with increased ventilation and improved filtration, this product can be the missing component for enhanced indoor air quality inside schools and other educational facilities."

For more information on the VidaShield UV24 system and download specs and other documents, visit the product page.

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