In response to COVID-19’s negative impact on New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has taken its cleaning operations to an advanced level with innovative technologies and around-the-clock efforts. Their latest project, launched in partnership with scientists at Columbia University, involves the use of powerful ultraviolet lamps as a cutting-edge disinfection method in subways, buses, commuter trains, and stations. 

Research has proven ultraviolet (UV-C) light to be highly effective at rapidly killing bacteria and viruses. It works through a physical process that destroys the genetic material of the microorganisms, thus making them incapable of reproducing and infecting. 

The pilot program began in late May with the UV devices installed in a select number of vehicles to determine the most efficient placement and duration. The agency has plans to expand throughout multiple phases with the ultimate goal of upgrading the entire fleet with this technology. This is a major development in the sanitization of transit systems, keeping all those who use public transportation safer from health hazards including the novel coronavirus.

This practice – known as ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) – is not a newly discovered solution, however. Since the 20thcentury it has remained a trusted method for sterilization of surgical equipment and tools in medical environments. More recently, it has found a new purpose in improving the indoor air quality in homes and commercial buildings by means of air purification.

Ultraviolet lamps can be installed in your HVAC system to neutralize airborne viruses, mold, bacteria, and other germs as they circulate through your home’s ductwork. Each molecule of air will pass over the lamp multiple times a day, which means pathogens will be eliminated rather than continually spread throughout your home. This reduces the threat of illness significantly. In fact, the American College of Allergists states that approximately 50% of illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality. Harnessing the power of air purification technology such as UV lighting can protect your family against colds, flu, allergies, asthma, and more, making your home the safe space it should be.

As evidenced by substantial research, ultraviolet technology is a proven effective tool that can be utilized in various ways to improve sanitization practices, thus reducing health risks. Though it has existed for many decades, the recent health crisis is helping spread the word about this technology's health benefits as our world places greater emphasis on making our environments cleaner and safer. Ultraviolet technology is becoming more widely recognized and leveraged for sanitization by government agencies, privately-owned organizations, and homeowners alike. 

If you’d like to implement this simple yet powerful solution in your own home or place of business, our indoor air quality professionals are available to offer their guidance and are committed to taking additional safety measures to ensure your protection. In an effort to help make this more attainable during this difficult time, Varsity Home Service is currently offering 15% off all indoor air quality products. Call us today to get one step closer to a healthier home or work environment.