As the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, sweeps across the globe, lock-downs have become a normal part of life. Working from home if possible has become the new normal, and many entertainment businesses are closed. The result is that the average person is spending much more time in their homes.
At first, this might seem like the best and safest thing to do. As far as the pandemic is concerned, this is true, but there’s a downside to this. According to the EPA, the air in our home is up to 5 times dirtier than the air outside! If that’s the case, how do we stay safe while breathing dirty air?
While there is no evidence that the following can remove Covid-19 as of yet, the following methods can reduce other kinds of dangerous pathogens, as well as removing pollution from your air. Here are two methods that can help.
Installing air purifiers
Your HVAC system likely already has a simple air filter installed, but replacing the current air filter with a high-MERV one will go a long way to improving air quality in your home. Other options for air filters include activated carbon filters, UV filters, and Ionizers. These air purifiers work in different ways, from trapping tiny particles to killing pathogens with powerful light.
Which one you choose depends on what you want to improve most about the air quality in your home. A professional HVAC technician can take a look at your home, and your unique needs, and make recommendations to help you get the best air purifier for your home.
Getting ducts cleaned
While air purifiers do a great job of cleaning the air, they won’t be as effective if the ducts the air is passing through are dirty. Cleaning the air ducts can also help in a variety of other ways, from lowering your energy bills to reducing asthma and allergy symptoms.
This is because dirty air ducts tend to be home to bacteria, mold, and mildew—all of which often thrive in the conditions created by air condition ducts. The EPA recommends getting your ducts cleaned if you can see mold or mildew, if insects or rodents are present, or if dust is coming out of the vents.
If you’re not sure whether mold or mildew is present, ask your HVAC technician. They should be able to show you the mold, even if it isn’t readily visible from the outside.
Clean air has never been more important. Now that we are spending more time in our homes, we need to think about what that means for ourselves and our families. If you’re ready to improve the air quality in your home, talk to an HVAC technician today to see what changes will benefit your home.
HVAC technicians are familiar with air purifiers and how each one works with different systems, so they will be able to tell you what air purifier will be the best for your family.
HVAC UV Lights
HVAC UV lights destroy bonds that hold Covid, bacteria and other virus DNA together. Literally zapping them into pieces! Because they are sensitive to ultraviolet heat and light, “The radiation from the ultraviolet light can eliminate the virus effectively.” according to the latest guideline on diagnosis and treatment of the coronavirus by the National Health Commissions.