We are at the height of hysteria with headlines about the Coronavirus. Families are fighting the flu, and common colds keep sticking around. Now is the time to be proactive in protecting your health and home.
If you’re like me you’ve seen the news reports about the Coronavirus and heard the warnings from the Center for Disease Control about ways to prevent the airborne illness from spreading:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water.
The same holds true even when we aren’t facing illnesses like the Coronavirus. That’s all well and good, but are there ways to protect my home? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in your home is recirculated between 3 and 5 times each day. That means you are breathing the same dirty air over and over. Aire Serv offers several solutions to help you combat illness in your home.
Electrostatic Air Filters As air passes through your heating and air conditioning system, the electronic air cleaner traps large particles (such as dust and dander) in a prefilter. Then, electrically charged filters attract and trap smaller particles (like bacteria, airborne viruses, and mold) to prevent them from recirculating through your home. These filters are washable with a life expectancy of up to 10 years.
Portable Air Purifiers Purifiers that use activated carbon air filters can remove odors, chemicals and gases (including smoke). However, they are ineffective against microorganisms and allergens. The initial cost can be relatively low, but this type of purifier requires frequent filter changes. To obtain maximum efficiency, you’ll need to have a portable unit for each room of your home. Because they are electric, they tend to be energy hogs.
Whole-Home Air Purifiers. Whole-home systems have been described as “invisible” because they are installed directly into your home’s ductwork. The initial cost is higher than a portable air purifier but needs very little maintenance once it is installed. These systems are much quieter than portable units and are able to kill 99% of viruses, bacteria, and mold.
If you are looking for ways to clean the air in your home, call Aire Serv today to schedule an air quality analysis with our Home Comfort Specialist. Aire Serv. Your guide to clean, comfortable air and water. Never an overtime charge!