In November 2001, the Charter Springs Hospital in Ocala, FL experienced a compressor failure in the 30-ton A/C unit responsible for cooling a wing of the hospital. According to Gil Lopez, building supervisor, "At this time, the building was empty so we decided to postpone replacing the compressor. This was a big mistake. Being in Florida and the high humidity, it only took a couple of weeks for the mold and mildew to take over. It was all over the walls, the ceiling, and the space above the dropped ceiling."

The task of removing mold from a system is not an easy one, and quite frequently, the mold returns. Lopez explained, "We hired a professional cleaning service to eliminate the problem. This cleaning was very expensive and took several days to complete. We also at this time had the compressor in the A/C unit replaced, hoping we had cured the problem. But, to our surprise, we noticed the mold had returned. We then had the same company return to clean the wing again. The cost was the same as before and time consuming."

Third time's the charm

A couple of weeks later they noticed the mold had returned for the third time. This time they contacted Fred Huffman with Clean Air Innovations Inc. to evaluate the situation. Huffman recommended installing a Sanuvox UV Bio-Wall Ultraviolet System in the A/C system cooling that wing of the hospital. "Since the cost of installing the Sanuvox was a fraction of the cost of the cleaning jobs, we decided to give it a try," said Lopez.

"Before Mr. Huffman installed the unit, breathing was very difficult in this wing due to mold spores in the air. We had to wear masks when in this area. In just three days after the Sanuvox was installed, the wing smelled fresh as the outdoors. The mold and mildew disappeared in just a few days, and has not returned. That was over six months ago."

"I was impressed with the ease of installation of the Sanuvox Bio-Wall system. It was evident that the purifier was designed to deliver a high degree of ultraviolet energy to the moving air stream," Huffman said.

Not only did the air purifier destroy the mold in the system, but Lopez began to find a large amount of insects dying all over the wing. The insects had been feeding on the mold and mildew. "When their food source died, so did the insects," Lopez explained. Administrator Beth Boone was so impressed with the results that the hospital plans to have other Bio-Wall units installed into the two remaining wings of the facility.ES