COVID-19 has affected the lives of many people throughout the world. As we continue to learn more about this virus, we are finding new and better ways to protect ourselves. Read on to learn how improving the indoor air quality in your home can help you protect your family during this time.
Can HVAC Systems Prevent COVID-19?
In the last months, we have learned that protecting ourselves from viruses and bacteria is more important than ever. According to the EPA, HVAC systems, air purifiers, and air cleaners alone are not enough to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, but taking your indoor air quality seriously can be a great way to reduce airborne exposures.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
The air within our homes is often 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. It is packed full of bacteria, germs, viruses, allergens, and more. While the coronavirus is not airborne in the way that measles or smallpox is, it does spread through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking. In order to reduce the chances of exposure to these droplets in your home, you should focus on improving your indoor air quality. As mentioned before, improving your indoor air quality alone cannot protect you from contracting the virus, but it can help to reduce your exposure.
There are various steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home. These include:
- Increase ventilation: Increasing the fresh air ventilation in your home can be done by opening windows and screened doors, running the bathroom air vent, and operating window air conditioners with the outdoor vents open.
- Run your HVAC system: Keep your HVAC system running continuously (if possible) because the air filter only operates as the system is running. Also, be sure that your air filter is changed out regularly and consider upgrading to the highest quality air filter.
- Use air purifiers: Installing air purifying and air cleaning systems is a great way to reduce airborne contaminants and viruses within your home.
- Keep your home clean: Be sure to regularly sweep, vacuum, and mop the floors in your home; wash your bedding; remove any areas of clutter; and wash your curtains. Keeping a clean home significantly reduces pollutants, allergens, and irritants.
For more details regarding protecting you and your loved ones from COVID-19, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
How Lex Air Conditioning and Heating Can Help
Our dedicated service professionals offer cutting-edge indoor air quality services. Each member of our team has been specially trained to provide lasting indoor air quality solutions guaranteed to leave your home with fresher, cleaner air.
Our team installs/performs top-quality:
Lex Air Conditioning and Heating understands that improving indoor air quality requires controlling humidity and reducing harmful pollutants, contaminants, and particulates. As a leader in the HVAC industry, we have access to the highest performing indoor air quality systems on the market. When you reach out to us for indoor air quality services, you can trust that we will set your home up with nothing but the best.
To learn more about how to maintain good indoor air quality during these times, turn to Lex Air Conditioning and Heating. Call (972) 217-8955 or contact us online today.