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Product Review: Leveraging UV Light for a Healthier & Odor-Free Home


The dreadful multistate E. coli outbreak at Chipotle, which hospitalized 21, is among a number of high profile situations underscoring the danger of—and our collective vulnerability to–bacterium-born illness. Whether you’re frequenting a restaurant, retail store, business office, sports complex or any other facility where clients, customers, business associates, patrons, visitors and even resident employees can use restroom facilities and otherwise touch shared spaces, how well that facility handles the sterilization and disinfection of indoor spaces can make or break your, and your family’s, health and well-being.

However, even at home threats persist in the form of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and other such pathogens that lurk on surfaces and in the air. Luckily, emerging technology is making the sanitation of indoor spaces much easier, quicker, more effective and less expensive than ever before. One such tech solution is to leverage the power and efficacy of Germicidal Lights and Disinfection Ultraviolet Lamps. Such UV light-based sterilizers for indoor spaces, like the full spectrum of GermAwayUV solutions offered by, can readily disinfect both air and surfaces in a single room or throughout an entire home—and are eco-friendly to boot. These devices also eliminate even the nastiest of odors that can permeate a home.

With all of this in mind, here are a few notable products that can help develop a healthier, safer and more pleasant-smelling household:

GermAwayUV Sr UVC Surface Sterilizer Wand

This handheld UV-C sterilizer wand with timer sanitizes wide areas and eliminates up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, germs and mold on surfaces throughout a home. Use regularly on surfaces to help keep rooms and surfaces sanitized without the risk of chemical contamination. This GermAwayUV sanitizing wand uses the same advanced UV-C light technology used to sterilize hospital equipment for over 30 years—it’s now available to everyone.

GermAwayUV Table Top UVC Room Sterilizer
This remote-controlled UV-C room sterilizer purifies air and disinfects surfaces in as little as 15 minutes. This 55 watt UV lamp is suitable for the sterilization and disinfection of indoor spaces. It’s also extremely easy to use—just plug it in, place in the middle of the room to be sterilized like a kitchen or playroom, and leave the area. The device turns on via remote control or its timer setting. In 15 to 60 minutes kill up to 99% of harmful pathogens and also eliminate odors!

GermAwayUV Xtreme 55 Watt Handheld UVC Surface Sterilizer
This device offers effective handheld UVC surface sterilization for any kind of area, whether in a home, garage, basement, attic and elsewhere. This UV light is a 99.9% proven effective treatment against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mold. It has a UVC electronically brightened reflector (CureUV’s proprietary design) built into the UV system to maximize the UV intensity and output. Typical molds can be treated effectively in half of the time! This model, which gives the user full control to assure area coverage from all angles (avoiding shadows), is the only one of its kind, and is a sure-fire way to maximize germ-free surface purification and sterilization.

GermAwayUV HVAC UVC Air Sterilizer (18 Watt)
This Ultraviolet UVC Air Purification System uses an 18 watt output for disinfection, inactivating and killing bacteria, molds, protozoa, viruses and yeasts that could otherwise be inhaled or ingested. In doing so, it provides a line of defense against the spread of airborne pathogens through a HVAC system. This unit kills as much as 70 percent of certain airborne bacteria passing by the system.

The healthcare and food manufacturing industries have been using UV germicidal energy to sanitize hospital rooms and medical equipment since the early 1900’s. The Centers for Disease Control confirms the germicidal effect of UV-C lamps, and FEMA even recommends its use for counter-bioterrorism. So, why not leverage this powerful technology at home to keep you and your family safe? Seems like a bright idea to me.

Consumer product trends expert Merilee Kern, MBA, is a consumer health advocate and influential media voice. Her award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” smartphone APP (iTunes) is based on her ground-breaking fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices–A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids” (Amazon). She may be reached at Follow her on Twitter at and Facebook at

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