There’s no escaping the fact that we are facing a formidable enemy. One that is invisible to the naked eye but whose effects can be clearly seen and felt. A strain of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees.
To an extent, we are helpless in its destructive path. Despite this, there are actions you can take to protect yourself and your family: wash hands regularly (and properly), maintain social distancing and disinfect surfaces.
But you can take further actions to reduce your risk to exposure to germs overall. Here are some upgrades to your HVAC system that will improve the air you breathe and keep you healthier.
Ventilation systems are important for replacing stale air in your home with fresh air from outside. If this stale air is allowed to build up, you’re faced with a higher concentration of germs that can make you sick. At this time, ventilation isn’t known to get rid of the coronavirus but proper ventilation will lower the number of pathogens overall. You need to limit your exposure to other illnesses to keep your immune system as healthy as possible. Fresh air is important for your body so consider upgrading your ventilation (through larger exhaust fans or an energy recovery unit).
Furnace filters are rated according to the minimum size of particle they capture. Consider upgrading yours to a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. It is capable of removing airborne particles like allergens, bacteria and some viruses. Consider boosting your HVAC system’s ability to take germs out of your air by upgrading to a HEPA filter.
As with your furnace filter, an air purifier will not guarantee protection from the dreaded COVID-19. It will, however, reduce the germs that your body has to battle. Consider a whole house purifier to reap the maximum benefits for your whole family.
You may not think that humidifiers will help reduce your exposure to viruses and bacteria. In fact, too much humidity can boost the growth of undesirables that can make you sick. However, if your home has the opposite problem (humidity that’s too low), you’ll benefit from a humidifier to boost the moisture in the air. Your mucus membranes (nose, throat, lungs) can’t get too dry or they won’t be able to capture germs trying to get in. Adding a humidifier may be the upgrade needed to keep humidity at the right level in your home.
Let us help you keep your family as safe as possible. Give us a call and we can provide the upgrades you need to breathe easier.