Steps you can take to protect your indoor air from Viruses similar to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Since January 2020, the Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rapidly spreading on a global scale. With the risk of becoming exposed to the coronavirus steadily increasing on a daily basis, it’s important to make an effort to protect you and your family from getting the virus.
When you consider the idea that the virus tends to spread through airborne particles that come from sneezing and coughing, you’ll understand just how important it is to keep the actual air within your home safe.
In this brief guide, we’ll review several steps that you can take to keep your home’s air clean while protecting your family from viruses similar to the coronavirus.
The Role of Clean Air
Actually being directly exposed to those with the brand new coronavirus puts you at the highest risk for developing the virus. Yet, the method of transmission makes it possible to be exposed to the virus without even coming into contact with an infected individual.
When a person with the virus sneezes or coughs, the virus becomes airborne and can spread rather quickly. That means that one of the best preventative measures you can take within your home to decrease odds of contracting the coronavirus is breathing cleaner purified air.
There’s not much you can do about the air outside or the air found in locations that you visit, but you can directly target the air in your home. You can do so by installing a REME HALO® U/V air purification system, tuning up your A/C system at least twice a year, and frequently replacing your home’s air filters.
Installing a U/V Air Purification System
When you install a U/V air purification system in your home, you’re helping to reduce the number of airborne bacteria in your indoor air. That means targeting the removal of molds, bacteria, and viruses that can make your family sick.
Though no manufacturer has built a purification intentionally for COVID-19, according to RGF Environmental Group, their line of U/V air purification systems available are “showing 99+% reductions on similar viruses.”
How They Work
There are quite a few reasons that U/V air purification systems are rather effective. To fully grasp why they’d make a great fit in your home, you have to take the time to understand how they actually work.
Here’s a step-by-step describing how these purification systems work.
- When you set up a purification system in your HVAC system, you’re looking to destroy any harmful molecules that happen to be airborne.
- As air filters through the purification system, it’ll be exposed to high-intensity UV lights in conjunction with a REME HALO system.
- Upon exposure to UV light (similar to the sun) and the zinc ions from the REME HALO system, the bacteria and viruses in your home’s air will be killed.
- The newly purified air will be released from the purification system and be returned to your home.
- The REME HALO®in-duct air purifier utilizes RGF’s proprietary Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy technology. Installed into the supply plenum of your existing air conditioning or heating system air ducts, the REME HALO® in-duct air purifier produces Hydro-Peroxide plasma that is distributed through the air handler, through the duct system and into the conditioned living space. Unlike passive air technologies, which need pollutants to pass through the unit for purification or filtration, the REME HALO® in-duct air purifier sweeps through your home actively purifying pollutants at the source. In addition, the charged plasma induces particles to coagulate or stick together making them bigger and easier for your filter to catch. Hydroperoxides occur naturally in the earth’s atmosphere and are part of nature’s process of cleaning the air.
- The redesigned and improved REME HALO®whole home in-duct HVAC unit features higher ionized hydroperoxide output, which gives faster kill rates for microbial contaminants in the air as well as on surfaces. This higher output also drops more particulates from the air, bringing relief to those who suffer from allergies and other respiratory issues.
What makes UV air purification systems so effective is the fact that they’re continuous. That’ll allow the system to target new bacteria and viruses as they enter the home.
Why You Should Get One
Many types of viruses thrive in a hot and humid environment. That means your A/C unit collects plenty of bacteria and viruses as the summer heat drags on.
With a larger presence of bacteria in your A/C unit, you’re practically guaranteeing bacteria and viruses an entryway into your home. That means COVID-19 might be able to find its way into your home without you even knowing.
According to RGF Environmental Group, actively reducing viruses similar to the coronavirus can “be effective at reducing the coronavirus at hand.” Therefore, there appears to be some evidence that getting A/C tune-ups might be able to prevent coronavirus from entering your household.
How Often to Do It
The more often you get your A/C unit tuned-up, the more efficiently the system functions. That means you might want to look into a winter and summer tune-up to keep your system running as it should.
When your unit is assessed, cleaned, and adjusted by a professional, you’re guaranteeing a more efficient and cleaner unit overall. These tune-ups will help to cut energy costs and prevent your family from getting sick from entirely preventable diseases.
If you’re worried about costs, there are likely plenty of local A/C professionals that provide offers throughout the year to receive their services at a reduced cost. Additionally, building loyalty with a certain company might be able to get you a lower price after consistent use.
Changing Air Filters Regularly
Whether you’re getting your A/C unit tuned up twice a year or not, you should be staying current when it comes to changing your home’s air filters. Any harmful bacteria or viruses that seem to sneak through your air conditioning system will be trapped by a clean air filter.
Simply having an air filter installed in your home is a great start, but you need to make sure that you’re changing them as you should in order to guarantee you and your family cleaner air. Otherwise, the filters begin to accumulate an excessive amount of dust and bacteria.
HVAC PRO TIP: Aim for a AC Filter MERV rating of 8 or more. The Higher the MERV Rating, the smaller the microns of particles that are collected by the filter.
How Often to Change Them
It doesn’t matter how clean you think your air is or how little bacteria you think you’re tracking into your home. All air filters should be swapped out on a consistent basis.
The most common suggestion is about every 90 days, but you might want to make it a bit more frequent if you own at least one pet like a cat or dog. At that point, you might want to replace your air filters about every 60 days.
Why They Need to Be Changed
To understand why your air filters need to be changed as recommended, you need to learn about what they’re actually capable of doing. Air filters help to trap harmful particles, dust, and bacteria from blowing through your home’s air ducts.
When they’re used well past their intended lifespan, they’re much less efficient at performing their duties. That means that they’ll trap fewer harmful particles and force your A/C unit to work harder than they need to.
Ultimately, this could increase your energy costs throughout the year and put your family at risk for contact with viruses and bacteria, maybe even the new coronavirus.
The Next Steps
When it comes to protecting your indoor air from the coronavirus, you have quite a few options. In the ideal world, you would take advantage of all three!
- You should start by looking for an affordable U/V air purification system that you can add to one of the main rooms in your home. This will help you to stay within your budget, but also guarantee that your family will be exposed to fewer bacteria and viruses.
- Think about getting your A/C unit tuned up at least once a year, though twice a year would be ideal. By doing so, you can lead your system to function more efficiently and have the system professionally cleaned and have any lingering debris or bacteria removed efficiently.
- Look into replacing your home’s air filters at least once every 90 days, more if you have an animal. This can help your A/C system to run more efficiently and reduce the number of bacteria and viruses that are allowed to enter your home.
By tackling the issue of air quality from all angles, you’ll be able to better ensure your family a healthier lifestyle and take preventative measures to inhibit indirect exposure to the new coronavirus that’s still currently spreading.
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