Unless you've been living under a rock (no judgment), chances are that you've spent the past few days glued to your television while self-distancing yourself from the rest of the Triangle due to the pandemic of 2020. As if the seasonal Flu wasn't bad enough, the coronavirus seems to have taken over our lives until further notice. And while we're all doing our part to contain the virus by staying at home, it's important to consider how you can best prevent the virus from contaminating healthy indoor-air with a well-maintained HVAC system. Today we'll discuss HVAC best practices for preventing the coronavirus from spreading.
During cold and flu season, we are all more susceptible to getting sick. While practicing good hygiene like washing your hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbow can help prevent the general spread of most of these illnesses, the coronavirus seems to infect people at a pandemic rate. That threat increases with lack of proper indoor air quality management because respiratory viruses have the potential to get trapped in your home and continue to spread throughout your household.
Control and Improve Indoor Air Quality to Prevent Further Spreading
While we don't know enough yet about the coronavirus, nor can you ever completely rid your home of respiratory viruses like the cold and flu, a whole-home indoor air quality solution will help you minimize the threat these viruses present to your family. You can do this by controlling humidity, air purity, and air freshness.
1. Control Humidity
Flu germs and other viruses (like a cold or the coronavirus) survive and spread more easily in dry air conditions. Increasing your indoor humidity level makes it less likely for germs to survive and spread to those around you. We can also assume the same to be true with the novel COVID-19.
As such, you should aim to maintain a humidity level between 45-50% in your home to curb the spread of germs. If you have a warm mist humidifier, now is the time to use it! Not only do humidifiers help stop the spread of viruses such as the common cold, and flu, but they can help you feel better faster by helping to moisturize your nasal, throat, and lung passages; which in turn will make it easier for air to pass through so you can breathe!
2. Control Air Purity
We know that the quality of our air is hugely dependant on our HVAC system's ability to filter particulate matter, including bacteria and viruses. One of the best ways to control air purity is to regularly change your air filters. Changing your air filters is even more important during cold and flu season.
If you find that your family is more susceptible to getting sick during winter months, you may also want to look into getting an air purifier that can consistently remove particles that are found in bacteria and viruses. There are a lot of options out there, so if this is something you're interested in - Choice HVAC can help you find the right system for your home.
3. Control Air Freshness and Ventilation
Just as we regularly advise our customers to seal any air leaks to keep warm and cool air in their home for the sake of maintaining a certain comfort level and conserving energy, we also know that "trapped air" also means that cold and flu viruses (as well as the Coronavirus) have no way to escape. Changing out your air filters can help your HVAC system filter out these contaminants to a certain degree, but a whole-home ventilation solution like an air exchanger can really help rid your home of these contaminants for good!
Ventilation is designed to pull fresh air into your home from the outside while pushing stale, contaminated air out. When it comes to preventing the coronavirus from spreading throughout your home, ventilation is crucial.
The Best Defense against the Flu and Coronavirus
Until we get that universal flu or coronavirus vaccine that we keep hearing about on the news, our best defense right now is to take proper precautions such as getting your flu shot annually, washing your hands regularly and trying to maintain a healthy home environment. If you don't have to be out and about, stay home!
If you have any concerns about the effectiveness of your HVAC system or just need a check-up from one of our home HVAC consultants, please get in touch with us today!