The safety and quality of the air you breathe has and always will be our passion. With the airborne nature of the coronavirus, spreading through droplets from sneezes or coughs, helping you keep your air free of pathogens is our top priority.
Because the coronavirus that we’re dealing with now is airborne through droplets, it is possible that some of the virus may linger in the air for an extended period of time, eventually traveling through the ductwork of your home, infecting everyone in the household. While we can do everything we can to keep your HVAC system clean and prepared, the virus can also be transmitted through surfaces and social contact. Please follow the CDC’s protocol when it comes to preventing the spread.
Slowing the Spread
While it’s important to remember that your HVAC system cannot completely prevent you from contracting COVID-19, advancements in air filtering technology can help keep your home’s air clean, filtering out harmful pathogens such as bacteria, dust, mold and even viruses. The three ways that your system can help keep your home safe and clean are:
● Particle Filtration
● UV Light
Filters can capture particles and prevent them from travelling through your system. However, while HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filters, commonly used in hospitals and other healthcare units, are 99.97 percent effective at trapping particles down to 0.3 microns in size, it is important to note that the coronavirus is very small, measuring .06 to .14 microns. This means that no matter the effectiveness of your HVAC filter, a filter alone cannot prevent the spread of the virus, as some may escape through the filter and into your ducts.
For those virus particles that are small enough to get through even the best of filters, UV disinfection systems can help inactivate them. UV systems can also address additional pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, and mold, on your HVAC system’s surface, coils, air filters and drain pan.
Protecting Your Home
While additional measures can be taken with your HVAC system to slow the spread of COVID-19, these measures are not the only, nor a perfect solution, as scientists continue to discover more about the virus each day. However, taking extra steps to protect the air that you and your family breathe can reduce your likelihood of contracting the virus due to its dissemination throughout your ductwork.
To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled HVAC technicians who can help you find the right particle filter or UV system for you, contact our team today by visiting longac.com or by calling (936) 756-5645.