Benefits of UV Light To Clean Your CPAP

When you have been prescribed a CPAP machine, it’s usually to relieve some health concerns, like trouble breathing caused by sleep apnea. However, these medical issues may be exasperated. New ones may arise if you use the wrong CPAP cleaner, like the ones that contain harmful ozone.

Ozone has been shown by the FDA to irritate the lungs and respiratory system, making it extra dangerous for people with respiratory illnesses. This is why 3B Medical created the Lumin and Lumin Bullet that disinfects with UV light. But what are the benefits of UV light?

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A dollar being cleaned by UV light and undergoing legitimacy testing.

UV light is short for ultraviolet light that comes from ultraviolet radiation. This natural form is present in sunlight. Most UV-C light filtered and absorbed by the Earth’s trusty ozone layer is invisible to the human eye. That is the type of light used in UV sterilization technology like the Lumin.

What makes UV light unique is that within a specific range of wavelengths, between 200 and 300 nanometers, are categorized as cleaning agents. That means that they can inactivate or reduce microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungus, by rendering them incapable of replicating. This characteristic has heavily influenced the widespread adoption of UV light as an environmentally friendly, chemical-free, and highly effective way to clean a multitude of things.

Benefits of UV Light for Cleaning

Benefits of UV Light for Cleaning

According to LaboratoryEquipment.com, the use of UV light for cleaning purposes is not a new idea. The medical community has been using UV lights for decontamination since the mid-20th century. Scientists have been using it in the lab even earlier when investigating sunlight for bactericidal effects in the mid-19th century. 

During production, professionals use UV-C to clean drinking and wastewater treatment, air decontamination, fruit and vegetable juices, and a myriad of home devices, everything from toothbrushes to tablet computers.

The use of UV light for cleaning is environmentally friendly because it leaves no residue, toxic gases, or chemicals. Ambulances and emergency service workers deploy UV light systems to decontaminate their vehicles and other high touch areas. The use of UV lights has recently grown within the healthcare industry to provide cleaning of room surfaces because of its effectiveness.

How The Healthcare Industry Uses UV Light

Healthcare facilities that specialize in patient recovery and rehabilitation are continuously looking for more thorough ways of cleaning these at-risk, high touch areas. This is why they have implemented strict cleaning practices to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria and other microorganisms through the use of UV-Decontamination robots. These robots offer hospitals full-room sterilization, are fast and efficient, and can eliminate far more bacteria than is humanly possible.

Cleaning with UV light is far more effective than other methods, such as soap and water, because UV light reduces a wide array of harmful organisms. Reports show that UV light can reduce 99% of bacteria that can cause infection and illness and is the safest cleaning option on the market.

Unlike chemical approaches to cleaning, UV light provides rapid, effective inactivation of bacteria. Exposing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms to concentrated UV light’s cleaning wavelengths renders them incapable of infection.

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Laboratory testing after UV cleaning of a petri dish.

The Effectiveness of UV Light

Undoubtedly, one of the critical benefits of UV light cleaning is that it’s non-toxic, making it perfectly safe for the entire household. That’s a far cry from the harsh chemicals found when using other cleaning products—ozone, for instance, which has shown to cause respiratory irritation if misused. UV light decontamination is safe because it is a physical process, not a chemical one.

A UV light can even destroy mold and mold spores. Other cleaning methods might not be capable of that, or they may leave a damp environment where fungi can thrive. Some CPAP machines use humidity and warmth so that the air isn’t cold and drying out your mouth and nasal passages. However, this often creates a breeding ground for bacteria that can get you sick. Since UV decontamination is a dry method, you can be sure that it will take care of the existing mold and prevent its future growth.

Lumin CPAP Cleaner

Please don’t put yourself at risk by using CPAP cleaners that may be harmful to your health.

3B Medical created the Lumin CPAP cleaner to respond to a need for a safe and straightforward way for patients to clean their masks safely and effectively, without risking harmful ozone exposure. Our goal is to provide the only method to disinfect CPAP masks and water chambers in a swift and completely safe manner.

Just as using a CPAP machine is integral to your health, so is your maintenance of it. Using one of the Lumin devices, you are guaranteed a fast, efficient, and easy way to clean your CPAP.

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A. Giudice

A Sleep Professional with over 20 years of industry experience, a healthy respect for research and a slightly sarcastic writing style.