American Air & Water®, Inc. specializes in research, development, marketing and sales of air, surface and water germicidal UV disinfection systems and providing solutions for controlling the spread of harmful microorganisms.
American Air & Water is dedicated to providing disinfection solutions for various applications through high quality UV systems for air, surface and water disinfection. The germicidal ultraviolet systems utilize UV lamps to enhance the quality of life and well-being by inactivating germs and creating a better and healthier indoor environment.
The UV disinfection systems for commercial and residential installations inactivate microorganisms and can sterilize air, water and exposed surfaces. UVC reduces or eliminates environmental germs such as mold, viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold spores from the indoor air of homes, offices and commercial buildings, ensuring a higher indoor air quality.
To fully understand what UV light is and how it is utilized by the germicidal UV disinfection systems, see our UV At A Glance Presentation: UV At A Glance »
UV light has been proven for decades to effectively disinfect air, surfaces and water. UV air cleaners can help your family, students or employees live, work or study in healthier environment, especially if any of them suffer from allergy, asthma or other respiratory diseases.
If you are health conscious and have a concern with the indoor air quality of your home or public facility, make sure you've seen the UV light. While a good filter is necessary in your HVAC system, most filters only capture dust, large mold particles and pollen but the viruses and bacteria are too small for them. The UV systems can effectively inactivate the microbes and remove them from the indoor air over time. Germicidal UV has been included in the facility standards for the public buildings. UV air cleaners with high output UV lamps are becoming more and more popular with homeowners also.
American Air & Water® is committed to ensuring 100% customer satisfaction on all UVC systems and disinfection solutions.
What is UV or ultraviolet light? Ultraviolet light is part of the spectrum of electromagnetic energy generated by the sun. The full spectrum includes, in order increasing energy, radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma rays and cosmic rays. Since UV is not visible, it is technically not 'light', but use of the term 'ultraviolet light' is so widespread that, it will be used here. Most sources of light generate some UV. For air disinfection, UV is generated by electric lamps that resemble ordinary fluorescent lamps.
What is germicidal UV? This is UV of a specific type (253.7nm wavelength) known to kill airborne germs that transmit infections from person to person within buildings. Germicidal UV is aimed at the upper room air so that only airborne microbes are directly exposed. Room occupants are exposed only to low levels of reflected UV - levels below that known to cause eye irritation. Germicidal UV has been used safely and effectively in hospitals, clinics and laboratories for more than 60 years. UV does not prevent transmission of infections (e.g. colds) by direct person to person contact.
Is UV harmful? We are all exposed to the UV in sunlight. UV exposure can be very harmful, or harmless, depending on the type of UV, the type of exposure, the duration of exposure, and individual differences in response to UV. There are the following types of UV based on the wave length measured in nanometers (nm):
UV-V ultraviolet with wavelength below 200nm is known as Vacuum UV or UV V.
UV-C (200 - 280nm) - Also known as 'shortwave' UV, UVC or C-band UV includes germicidal (253.7nm wavelength) UV used for air disinfection. Unintentional overexposure causes transient redness and eye irritation, but does NOT cause skin cancer or cataracts.*
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UV-B (280 -315nm) - A small, but dangerous part of sunlight. Most solar UV-B is absorbed by the diminishing atmospheric ozone layer. Prolonged exposure is responsible for some type of skin cancer, skin aging, and cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye).
UV-A (315 - 400nm) - Longwave UV, also known as 'blacklight', the major type of UV in sunlight, responsible for skin tanning, generally not harmful, used in medicine to treat certain skin disorders.
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* Never expose eyes or skin to UVC light from any source. Prolonged UV exposure can cause burns and temporary loss of vision or blindness.
In 1995 the founder of Enhance-It, LLC began researching the UV light purification technology. At that time it was available only for hospitals and commercial settings because of its cost. The first affordable, fully certified residential UV air cleaner was developed in 1998.
In 1999 Enhance-It, LLC was founded as a marketing company oriented toward products that enhance the quality of life. Hence the motto: Making Your Life Better. At that time Enhance-It team started marketing the first UV Light Air Cleanser. It soon became the number one selling residential UV air cleanser. Over time the UV Light technology proved itself so fascinating and promising that Enhance-It focused entirely on ultraviolet products.
Until 2002 Enhance-It specialized in residential UV products with emphasis on the American-Lights® UV air cleaner (formerly Northern Lights UV Air Cleanser). In January 2002 a strategic partnership with American Ultraviolet Company was formed and a full commercial line of ultraviolet products was added to the catalog. The marketing initiatives were broadened to encompass the entire spectrum of customers for residential and commercial products.
In recent years the consumer awareness of UV Light Technology has increased tremendously and the volume of business started taking overwhelming proportions so a new company - American Air & Water®, Inc - was created in place of the privately owned Enhance-It, LLC. American Air & Water®, Inc. is focused on the Germicidal UV technology and its applications in air, surface and water sterilization for residential, commercial and industrial settings.
Over the past years American Air & Water has become a leading provider of UVGI air, surface and water purification solutions and supplier of UVGI products. The UVC products represented by American Air & Water are at the cutting edge of the UV technology. The Company’s proprietary UV air cleaners have been installed in homes and businesses across the USA and abroad.
American Air & Water is a government approved vendor and has delivered UVC products to Navy Vessels, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emergency Operations Center and different educational facilities including the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
American Air & Water, Inc. is a member of IUVA and contributes to development and popularizing the UVGI Standards and Guidelines.
As a member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, International Facility Management Association and the Indoor Air Quality Association, American Air & Water, Inc. works diligently to provide its fellow members a better understanding of the problems and challenges of keeping a healthy and energy efficient indoor environment. In addition, we provide the best products and equipment to improve the indoor environment and keep it free of microbial contamination.
American Air & Water®, Inc. was granted trademark registration on February 20, 2007 and was accorded a Trademark Registration Number 3211740 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Warren Lynn, President of American Air & Water®, Inc. said: 'Obtaining the trademark registration is very important to us because in addition to the significant value added to our company, this milestone enables us to continue to achieve our long term goals of expansion in many ways by increasing our products and services as well as our distribution network and franchising.'
In 2008 American Air & Water®, Inc. became an approved government vendor.
Presently the company holds two GSA Multiple Awards Schedule contracts. Contract GS-07F-0256U is for UV systems and ultraviolet lamps and GS-07F-0178V for Sporicidin Disinfectant and antibacterial products.