May 06, 2020 UV Fixtures Sizing For HVAC: There’s An App For That!
Many building engineers and contractors have recognized the IAQ, increased airflow and reduced maintenance benefits of installing ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UV-C) systems in their and their customers’ HVAC systems.
However, it is the technology’s ability to slash 10 to 25 percent of HVAC energy use that drives nine-of-every-ten UV-C installations today. By eliminating accumulated organic materials and biofilm growth in commercial air handlers, the use of UV-C significantly improves airflow and heat-exchange efficiency levels, which can not only reduce energy use, but also decrease system maintenance costs and provide cleaner, healthier air. Although the benefits of adopting the technology are clear, UV-C equipment has traditionally proven difficult to size accurately.
Fortunately, as with most things today, there is an app for that.
The UV Select™ sizing App from UV Resources uses two simple measurements to immediately suggest the UV-C equipment that best complies with ASHRAE guidelines for Ultraviolet Surface Treatment. Simply input the height and width of an air handler’s coil and plenum, and the app calculates the appropriate equipment requirements and list price. Whether you are an Android loyalist or Apple junkie, you can download this free app and immediately start winning more business.
In the dark days, before this helpful app, sizing UV fixtures for contractors and building engineers was a mysterious process of guess and check. Contractors shied away from using UV-C as a “tool in their bag” and when they would suggest it, it often resulted in multiple trips to the installation site to survey the equipment to figure out what to install. This was a time-consuming and complicated ordeal. Even once the proper sizing information was acquired, it would likely be inexact, resulting in over-priced quotes. These difficulties discouraged many end users form pursuing UV for their air handlers and contractors from even taking on UV installation projects.
The UV Select sizing app has completely simplified this process. “UV Resources personnel were among the first to develop modern HVAC sizing and performance software for UV-C applications, so it’s only natural that we’re the industry’s first to develop a convenient mobile sizing app,” says Dan Jones, President of UV Resources.
Quoting a UV equipment is now literally just a matter of taking a few measurements and letting the app do the rest. The app allows you to find a local distributor of the product (and many times an even better price) and jump straight into the installation and boost your productivity. Higher productivity translates to more business and, ultimately, greater profits.
Furthermore, by providing an accurate quote, the sizing enables the contractor effortlessly to complete a task that otherwise might take days, saving significant time and money in the process.