Since the outbreak began in the United States, we’ve been receiving near-daily updates on coronavirus. Now, with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urging Americans to practice social distancing and stay home, we’re becoming confined to our homes. But what about the quality of air indoor air? Can our HVAC air filters kill coronavirus?
What Is Coronavirus? According to the CDC, the coronavirus disease of 2019, COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person. While the symptoms can feel as though you have a “cold” or “the flu,” the key difference is how it affects your lungs - causing shortness of breath, along with fever and cough.
In years past, we’ve experienced different types of coronavirus outbreaks, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which were much more severe. However, due to the fact this is a widespread pandemic, the CDC is urging Americans to:
- wash their hands frequently,
- avoid going out - especially if you don’t feel well, and
- get tested if you’ve been exposed to the virus or show symptoms in an effort to lessen the spread
Air Purifiers and Viruses
Several people, such as allergy sufferers and those dealing with asthma, opt to use air purifiers to improve the quality of their indoor air to help breathe easier. These devices draw in air, filtrate it, and then release cleaner air into our homes. Air purifiers often use HEPA filters, which are known to capture 99% of pollutants in our homes, such as mold, pollen, and pet dander.
But will they work on coronaviruses?
While air purifiers are a great solution for those concerned about the quality of their indoor air, coronaviruses such as COVID-19 are so small that they are able to work their way through purifiers - making them difficult to eliminate.
To help combat the spread of coronavirus and keep Americans informed, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has provided preparedness resources. Also, AC manufacturers are currently testing their products against the virus, with a focus on HEPA filters and how they work in filtering COVID-19. While testing is providing promising results, it’s crucial to know that while HEPA filters may trap the virus, it doesn’t kill it. While scientists are still conducting research and tests to determine how long the virus can live on different surfaces, it’s important to note that the virus could potentially live on a HEPA filter for up to 9 days. So, if you are changing out filters, it is important to wash your hands afterward and dispose of the filter safely.
Expert Air Quality Assistance When You Need It
While the coronavirus outbreak has put a spotlight on indoor air quality, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the quality of the air you breathe throughout the year. Whether you are dealing with seasonal allergies or trying to combat flu season, there are steps you can take to breathe easier at home.
Have questions about the quality of your indoor air, filters, and more? Call Easy A/C - 813-COLDAIR! Our technicians are happy to answer any questions you may have and help set you up with the right AC system and put your mind at ease during these difficult times. We offer free quotes and 24-hr emergency AC repairs.
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