Clean air is critical to creating healthy indoor environments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have acknowledged what many researchers and scientists have long advocated: that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through the air. Called aerosolization, respiratory droplets of infected matter like fluid of sneezes and coughs from an infected person can travel in the air, potentially infecting people in close proximity. What’s more, this acknowledgment also verifies that the virus can travel more than six feet in the air. Using HEPA Air Purifiers reduces the spread of the viruses.
According to the CDC’s recently updated (April 5) guidance on COVID spread, “surface transmission is not the main route by which SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and the risk is considered to be low.” In fact, the CDC states “contact with a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing an infection.”
It’s time to change the way we think about indoor hygiene. As Bloomberg so aptly states: “Ask for Air Filters, Not Bleach.” We’ve taken rigorous action to eliminate surface contamination, it’s time we take the same consideration to air.
According to Harvard Schools for Health, the most ideal solution is to bring fresh outdoor air into a room. Unfortunately, it is not the most viable solution in many environments. While HVAC systems work to recirculate the air, they don’t clean the air. That is why it is recommended to utilize True HEPA filtration in addition to HVAC systems to ensure proper ventilation and filtration. Installing HEPA filters in existing HVAC systems won’t improve building air quality. HEPA filters are bulky and do a better job of trapping germs in the direct area near the intake. These filters drag down HVAC efficiency and reduce air flow.
It Doesn’t Stop at Viruses
It’s not limited to COVID-19. The average person inhales 3,000 gallons of indoor air every day. Most people spend 90% of their time indoors and nine hours per day in shared environments — spaces that are up to five times more polluted than outdoors.
- Germs, Bacteria and other Viruses
- Other Irritants
- Air Pollution from Wildfires
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Get Protection by Cleaning the Air
Indoor air is full of potential contaminants ranging from viruses to VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) to common dust. Proper ventilation combined with purified air exchanges is the best way to reduce the presence of these contaminants, maintaining a healthy living and working condition.