How Much Does a UVGI Air Purification System Cost?
$7,500 – $15,000 per System
The average cost of a UVGI air purification system installed in a commercial building is $9,800. When getting an estimate for a commercial UVGI system, expect prices starting at $7,500 and rising to $15,000 based on the system size, equipment used and installation factors.
Average Cost of UVGI Purification System Installation
Designed for commercial buildings including medical, retail and educational facilities, large-scale UV germicidal irradiation (UVGI) air purification system cost is around $10,000 in most buildings. The estimate includes the equipment, software, installation and setup. These are turnkey systems.
Larger systems with unique installation challenges cost as much as $15,000, while UV air purification systems for smaller buildings and simple installation run closer to $7,500. Corporations, businesses and property management companies consider a quality UVGI air purifying system an excellent investment in the health of their employees, patients, students, customers, etc.
Overview of UV-C Air Purification System Installation
Adding an ultraviolent germicidal irradiation system to your commercial building is becoming a necessity in an era of pandemics, an increase in the number of pathogens found in most locations and even the threat of bioterrorism.
How does a UVGI air purification system work? According to renowned authority on the subject, Dr. Wladyslaw Kolwalski, “Ultraviolet light destroys the DNA of viruses, bacteria and fungi.” The pathogens are either killed outright or rendered unable to reproduce, and therefor harmless. These systems are similar to installing a residential electronic air cleaner with UV light, a worthwhile indoor project in any home, but these are scaled to serve large commercial spaces.
The best commercial UVGI air purifying systems are air handling units that deliver continuous disinfection of the air. They both capture pathogens and allergens and destroy them. Most use UV-C light for the purpose. Units like the CDD, or Continuous Disinfection device from 50 Cities are becoming widely popular for commercial office spaces and areas where clean, disinfected air is important.
Be sure to consider systems:
- Demonstrated to kill COVID-19 and similar diseases
- Proven to destroy 99.9% or more of all pathogens
- Designed for a wide range of 300+ airborne viruses, bacteria and fungi –
- Disinfecting continuously, even while people are in the building, since the UVC light is housed safely within the unit’s air chamber and nobody is exposed to the germicidal irradiation
- With disinfection cycles of 1,000 square feet – completely cleaning and exchanging all the air – at least every 30 minutes
- Providing other benefits such as lowering the risk to asthmatics, allergy-sufferers and others with compromised immune systems that might be more susceptible to infection
- Easily maintained, reducing system down-time and the cost of maintenance
- Controlled by software designed to optimize airflow within the space for the most effective air purification
The remainder of this Costimate or cost estimate, covers cost factors and other essential information you’ll need when deciding on the right UVGI air purification system for your commercial project.
Product and Installation Supplies Cost Details
UVGI System Cost Factors
Large-scale UV-C air cleaners are being installed wherever large numbers of people gather in a confined space. While they have obvious application for medical, dental and senior care facilities, building owners and property managers recognize their value in stopping the risk of contagion in schools, factories, office buildings, retail stores, restaurants and enclosed entertainment venues.
How much does a UVGI air purification system cost?
Here are the most common factors in determining the price of an ultraviolet light germicidal irradiation system.
- Size of the Space – This will determine the size of the unit installed. If the space is too large for a single unit, then a zoned approach can be used, with a UVGI system of the right air handling capacity for each zone.
- Quality of the UVGI Air System – You get what you pay for with an air purification system, so be sure to look for one that meets the requirements in the bullet points above.
- System Performance – Some UV-C air purifiers use just a light but no filtration. Superior systems both trap and destroy pathogens using filtration and UV germicidal irradiation.
- Potential Design Fees – Your options are to choose an all-in-one package that includes system design, the production of installation schematics plus the equipment. This is the recommended route. It’s also possible to hire an engineer to design a system, then purchase and install the equipment independently, an approach with higher costs and inferior results.
- General Complexity of the Installation – Part of the complexity of installation is based on the design of the UVGI system. Some are just easier to install, setup and maintain than others, so look at that aspect when deciding on which system to purchase. The existing design of the building’s ventilation system will also impact complexity – the more complex the installation, the longer it takes, the more material will be used, and the higher the cost. Installation is almost always easier in new construction or a complete change-out of the system than in retrofits.
- Installation Location – The same equipment installed in a single-story building will likely cost less than in multi-story buildings.
- Potential Zoning Costs – Most very large commercial buildings already have zoned HVAC systems. However, when additional ducting and zoning equipment must be installed, costs will rise.
- Permits – Depending on the scope of the project, a mechanical permit might be required. See potential costs below.
Retail Commercial UVC System Costs
Equipment costs vary significantly based on the factors above, especially the size/capacity of the unit, and whether it offers filtration of the air in addition to UV germicidal light.
- $1,200 – $2,000 | Entry-level UVC systems designed to eliminate bout 97% of all pathogens – but unlikely to be effective against COVID-19 and similar viruses.
- $2,400 – $3,500 | Mid-grade UVC light purification systems.
- $3,600 – $5,500 | Premium UVGI air purification systems designed for the full range of environments.
- $500 – $1,500 | Various accessories and supplies such as software, installation fittings and controls when purchased separately.
Permits, Inspection, Related Costs and Installation Time
Permits and Inspection Cost
- $200 – $1,000 | Mechanical Permit – Cost covers plan review and the inspection of the installed equipment. When a permit is needed, the cost is also determined by the size of the project such as the number of units installed.
Related Costs and Installation Time
The cost of installation varies by the size and complexity of the project. The average installation cost for a 5,000 square foot building is $3,500 to $6,000 which includes both labor and installation accessories.
It takes 1-2 days for a crew to install a UVC germicidal air purification system. If your building needs multiple units and the installer has more than one crew, installation might not be held up. Large projects take longer to complete when multiple systems must be installed sequentially rather than simultaneously due to crew availability.
DIY or Hire a Pro?
Pro installation is highly recommended for a project that takes proper design, the right equipment choice and experience with installing this type of air ventilation equipment. Most manufacturers of the highest rated UV germicidal irradiation systems offer the complete package: System design which includes a site study to determine the right equipment and sizing, the unit(s) plus the software and controllers plus expert installation of their exact equipment.
Purchasing a whole package plan from a proven manufacturer is the best way to ensure that your money is invested in the wellbeing of those in your building – and not wasted on a system that is either poorly designed or improperly installed and doesn’t offer the protection you paid for.