How To Reduce The Spread Of COVID-19

How To Reduce The Spread Of COVID-19

With this pandemic, came widespread misinformation. Shelter-in-place sanctions kick-started an apocalyptic-like frenzy that left grocery stores barren, paper products scarce, disinfectant solutions a hot commodity, and news sources scrambling for more information. As a result, researchers began working overtime to attain a better understanding of how this virus acts, spreads, and affects the masses.

As social distancing, a paramount protocol to halting the dissemination of the virus, brought the workforce home, people began questioning their own environments. As news broke that the virus remains viable in the air for up to three hours and can travel great distances at an exponential rate, forced air conditioning and heating systems came into question—can HVAC systems increase the spread of COVID-19?

The answer is multifaceted. Forced air conditioning networks do circulate the air within your single-family home, townhouse, condominium, or apartment complex, so this concern is valid; however, there are actions homeowners and building managers can take to both reduce the chances of spread and proactively protect their occupants from airborne virus spread.

Here’s how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your home:

Schedule Maintenance For Your HVAC System

HVAC maintenance is paramount in reducing accumulated contaminants within your home. HVAC systems that have not been regularly serviced by a professional technician are likely to negatively affect your indoor air quality, as bacteria, germs, and other particles become trapped within the system as time passes. As your air filter and ducts become bombarded with debris, they fail to continue cleaning the air distributed into your space.

If you cannot remember your last HVAC maintenance, it’s imperative that you attend to this immediately, as compromised air quality can pose increased threats to those that contract the virus. Failure to sustain a healthy indoor air quality can have lasting effects on your respiratory system, increasing the chances of bad reactions to the COVID-19 infection.

If you think your home may have poor indoor air quality, contact your local HVAC experts for system assessment, cleaning, and repairs.

Are Air Purification Systems Beneficial To Reducing Spread?

Let’s put it this way: there are no disadvantages to installing an air purification system. Yet, there are numerous benefits, especially if your air conditioning ducts are on the older side. Aged out ductwork doesn’t have the power to move your air quickly, allowing for an increase in debris build-up. Installing an air purifying system in your home or apartment building can:

  • Reduce the risk of respiratory distress and illness.

  • Lessen the severity of allergy symptoms.

  • Improve the health and safety of your indoor air quality.

  • Reduce lingering odors.

  • Eliminate harmful airborne bacteria and contaminants.

There are many different air purification systems on the market, which coordinate with home size, current indoor air quality, and HVAC system compliance. The main type of air purification systems are:

  • UV air purifiers

  • HEPA technology systems

  • Negative ion purifiers

  • Activated carbon technology systems

  • Ozone air purifiers

  • MERV Rated Air Filters

For COVID-19 purposes, UV air purification systems are the most recommended product for residential properties, as this technology can effectively grab microscopic organisms, which include bacteria and viruses. With ultraviolet light, these systems go beyond capturing harmful contaminants, they destroy them. Damaging bacteria and viruses beyond viability, UV air purifiers are rendered the best for this job.

In respect to commercial buildings, MERV 13 filters will provide the best coverage against viruses, bacteria, mold, dust, etc. MERV 13 filters are manufactured to catch at least 90% of airborne contaminants, significantly reducing the chances of virus spread. These filters must be replaced every 6 months to ensure top-notch operation. Contact a professional HVAC technician to install MERV 13 filters in your condominium or apartment complex.

For more information on HVAC services and indoor air quality, contact Total Comfort Solutions, LLC at (509) 956-4764! We are here to help you navigate these uncertain times. The safety of our clients and our employees is a top priority, and we have implemented the CDC recommended protocols.

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