After going through the quick transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus across the globe, we are forced to think about our health, immunity, and, most importantly, the air we breathe in regardless of where we are. As a result, more people are worried about the air quality in elevators as they contain many high-touch areas and are considered highly infectious spaces.
No matter if the elevators belong to office buildings, residential units, commercial places, or other facilities, they have become a matter of concern for cross-contamination and the spread of infections and diseases.
According to Infection Control Today, even a single button inside an elevator has 40 times more bacteria than on a public toilet seat. The research said that buttons in elevators of hotels, restaurants, banks, offices, and airports were found to have an average of 313 colony-forming units (CFU) per square centimeter, compared to 8 colony-forming units on the average public toilet seat.
The bacteria that are more likely to be found in elevators are E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and MRSA. Even when the elevators and their buttons are cleaned and sanitized regularly, the potential for the buildup of bacteria and viruses is high.
How to Reduce the Spread of Infection and Disease in Elevators
To ensure the highest safety and the best quality air inside elevators, you can take the following measures:
- Frequent cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection: These are the steps that are necessary to maintain hygiene and reduce the buildup of bacteria and viruses inside the elevators.
- Install filter-less air purifiers in elevators to purify the air: Use filter-less air purifiers for elevators that can effectively sanitize the air and surfaces, oxidize and deodorize to enhance the experience, kill almost all kinds of bacteria and viruses without any radiation, and provide a cleaner and lighter breathing area instantly.
- Place the inlets and outlets in elevators strategically: Research has shown that the placement of ventilation inlets and outlets has a significant impact on the flow circulation and saliva droplet dispersal.
- Encourage the use of face masks and hand sanitizers: Even though air purifiers do their work perfectly and keep the air inside an elevator clean, it is recommended to advise the users to wear face masks to prevent the risk of disease spread at times when a person inside the elevator sneezes or coughs and new individuals enter the elevator simultaneously.
If you haven’t installed air purifiers inside elevators in your building area, contact Fresh Air Purification or directly place an order for air purifiers for elevators from our website. Our air purifiers use the patented PCO cell for sanitization and space-certified filter-less technology to eliminate, destroy, and oxidize microorganisms including SARS-COV-2.
Unlike traditional filters and purifiers that require the air to pass through them to clean the air, Freshair purifiers clean the air and make it safe for breathing without requiring the air to pass through them. Therefore, our air purifiers make an ideal choice for elevators and similar confined places.