HVAC Systems Might be Spreading Airborne Infections

As we all gather indoors to stay cool and escape the heat consider this, airborne infections spreading through indoor air. Research has shown that COVID-19 can be transmitted when coming in contact with droplets through sneezing, coughing or talking. These droplets can linger in the air of indoor spaces.

According to many experts, ventilation is the key component to protecting ourselves from an airborne virus. While the best ventilation is to be outside, many Arizonians rely on indoor air conditioning. However, we have suggestions that can be part of your healthy routine.

The first suggestion is a quality air purification system. An air purification system alone is not enough to protect anyone from COVID-19 but it is a great addition to the recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Air purifiers help reduce contaminants such as common viruses, mold, bacteria and allergens; both in the air and on surfaces. At Bartels Cooling & Heating we highly recommend The Air Scrubber by Aerus®

(Summary benefits of an Air Scrubber)

The second suggestion is to invest in highest-rated filters or high efficiency filters. Quality filters remove particles between 1.0-3.0 microns. This includes dust, spores, pollen and mold, when the filter has a MERV rating of 10plus.

The third recommendation is to run the HVAC system continuously, whether this is on the cooling setting or just the fan. By doing so, the air will circulate through the quality filters and air purifying system if you so choose to upgrade. Most systems have the luxury of setting the fan to run without cooling once desired temperature is reached.

As the CDC and WHO continues to make recommendations to keep us healthy, we will keep you informed. If you would like more information on how to include an air purification system to your home or business, you can speak to an air quality specialist by calling Better Living Cooling and Heating at 480-653-1877.