Today, you have a lot of germ-killing options at your disposal. Two of the relatively newer options for consumers are ozone and UV light. A quick search online shows that there is no shortage of different products to try and thousands of reviews of each to dig through.
But how do each of these work? And are they actually useful for killing the germs in your home?
How UV light kills germs
There are three different kinds of UV light. UVA, UVB, and UVC. Of the three, UVC has the shortest wavelength and the most energy. This gives UVC light the power it needs to destroy bacteria.
When germs get hit with high-energy UVC light, it penetrates deep within them and essentially scrambles their DNA. It only takes a few seconds for UV light to kill bacteria. It’s extremely effective and has the added benefit of working just as well on drug-resistant germs.
However, it isn’t without its drawbacks.
UVC light can be very harmful to humans. The UVC light from the sun is blocked out by the ozone layer in the atmosphere, so we typically don’t have to worry about it. With a growing number of home UV light sanitization lamps and products on the market, people need to be aware of the danger. UVC light can…
- cause burn damage if it is directly exposed to the skin
- cause temporary damage to the cornea
- cause skin cancer with long exposure
How ozone kills germs
An ozone molecule is made up of three oxygen in a highly unstable bond. As ozone molecules come into contact with germs, they puncture their cell walls and weaken the molecular bonds that hold them together until they come apart at the seams.
Like UV light, ozone can be dangerous if handled improperly. Breathing in a significant amount of ozone in a short period of time can be harmful, but the good news is that many ozone products (including the Sleep8) have been specifically designed to prevent this. One of the best safety features of ozone is also naturally occurring — ozone breaks down quickly. Because of its highly unstable nature, ozone doesn’t stay around long. Moderate levels of ozone can dissipate in as little as 30 minutes. And when ozone breaks down, it recombines into safe, breathable oxygen.
Which is more effective for helping maintain your CPAP equipment?
Both ozone and UV light are very effective at killing germs. However, when it comes to maintaining your CPAP equipment, ozone tends to be more effective. That’s due to the nature of light versus gas.
Unless it hits a highly reflective surface, light is mostly absorbed into whatever it hits. So, if you put a CPAP mask or tube into a UV lightbox, only the external parts that the light can directly hit are going to be affected. The interior of the tube especially won’t be exposed to enough light to disinfect, and any germs living there will essentially be safe.
A gas like ozone, on the other hand, permeates the entire containment area. If you place CPAP tubing in the Sleep8 filter bag, the ozone will get into every crevice and pore of the plastic, leaving bacteria nowhere to hide.
UV light is a great choice for cleaning objects where the entire surface is easily accessible. However, if you are wishing to rid something of germs that is going to have any interior parts or cast any shadows, then ozone is the better choice.
Get a Sleep8 for your CPAP accessories
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