13 Apr Improving Indoor Air Quality Helps Combat Spread of Coronavirus
We have all experienced the effects of the novel coronavirus- being socially isolated from our friends and loved ones, and being quarantined away in our homes. In many ways, this exacerbates some concerns related to indoor air quality. Pollutant levels can be 100 times as high in indoor settings because of the concentration of particles in a closed space such as a building. It is estimated that people already spend about 90% of their lives indoors, and that number is increasing due to new social distancing rules.
Improve Indoor Air Quality to Protect Against Airborne Threats
While our focus as a society has been on preventing and fighting against the spread of coronavirus, we must not forget about all of the other diseases, germs, and pollutants that could potentially weaken our immune systems and make us more susceptible to the coronavirus. Many of these contaminants can spread right through our HVAC systems, traveling through our vents and making their way into the air we breathe.
Who Is The Most At Risk?
The demographic that is believed to be the most susceptible to coronavirus are infants, the eldery, immune-compromised people, people with chronic respiratory disorders, and those recovering from surgical procedures or illness. These demographics are also vulnerable to the consequences of contaminated air. It is very important to protect people from poor air quality, especially with the additional threat of a wide-spread pandemic.
The Spread of Coronavirus Through Air
It is suspected that the principal means of transmission of the Coronavirus is by respiratory droplets. These can travel several feet from someone who is coughing or sneezed. While we do not know for certain the duration of time the virus can survive on surfaces,It is likely that the virus behaves like other viruses. Most viruses last hours or up to several days on surfaces. Unfortunately, this leaves room for residual contaminants to be spread further. It is possible for the coronavirus itself to be spread through HVAC systems- airborne water droplets can drift in the air, through the vents, and into our homes.
What to Do: Stop The Spread of Coronavirus From Entering Your Home
One of the most important steps you can take to improve indoor air quality and prevent the spread of any contaminant through your home is controlling the source. This goes for all viruses, molds, pollutants, and dusts. Your HVAC system could be the source for these biological contaminants, since it likely possesses the three components necessary for sustaining life. These include:
- Food source- Bacteria and other microorganisms sometimes feed off of particles to sustain their lives. They can feed off of something as simple as a skin cell that fell off of someone’s body and floated into the HVAC system.
- Moisture- If the skin cells and other particles build up on the evaporator coil or blower motor, condensation occurs and moisture builds up.
- Darkness- UV light is usually what kills biological contaminants, and most HVAC systems are devoid of sunlight
For this reason, ultraviolet light cleaners are very effective. They work to break up the fundamental building blocks of microorganisms, dismantling them at the source. HEPA Air Cleaners can also work to improve indoor air quality in your home. Don’t delay- act now to eradicate harmful contaminants from your house. Call trusted HVAC experts at OSI Comfort Specialists now to set up an appointment: 516-763-1400.