Daniel Jones is the president of UV Resources, a leading manufacturer of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UV-C) products that provide surface and airborne treatment in HVAC&R systems. He brings two decades of industry experience, with an emphasis in air and surface treatment with UV-C technology. Mr. Jones is an ASHRAE Member and a corresponding member of the ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.9 devoted to Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment.
As the industry shifts from small, unregulated cultivation rooms to larger commercial-scale operations subject to oversight, cannabis production is becoming more sophisticated. Part of this transition involves protecting crops from damaging airborne microorganisms that might proliferate in room air and cause the plants to develop mold and powdery mildew. Not only can such microbes ruin the crop, but they can force the entire facility to shut down due to health violations.
Despite being recognized for significantly improving airflow and heat-transfer efficiency levels and lowering the costs associated with HVACR systems, ultraviolet light in the 253.7-nm germicidal C-band wavelength (UV-C) is often misunderstood and, therefore, under-utilized by HVACR contractors, mechanical engineers, and end users.