It’s safe to say that the main thing that’s been on people’s minds these past few weeks is the COVID-19 Coronavirus—and how they can safeguard themselves from it. This is why professionals in the HVAC industry keep getting questions like, “can getting an air purifier help protect me from the Coronavirus?” Here at AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric, our indoor air quality experts are committed to helping ensure you and your family remain safe and healthy. Read on for what you need to know about air purifiers and filtration systems, and make sure to stay informed during these confusing times.
Air Purifiers & The Coronavirus
Studies have shown that the Coronavirus can live in your air supply for approximately three hours. This means you are less likely to catch the virus from an air conditioning system with a working filter, as opposed to picking it up from surfaces, where infected aerosol droplets tend to settle much faster.
However, it is important to note that there is no direct evidence that air purifiers or filters actually stop the Coronavirus. What they may do is slow down its spread. Again, while there’s so much we still don’t know about the COVID-19 disease, it is worth keeping in mind that you are for more likely to catch it from droplets that settle on surfaces. That being said, it is an airborne virus, so it is possible to catch it that way, too.
In general, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 continues to be to follow the guidelines issued by the CDC. This means washing your hands and using sanitizer frequently, avoiding large crowds and close contact with individuals outside of your household (especially those who have recently been out of the country,) staying home and wearing a facemask if you are sick, and disinfecting surfaces as often as possible. In general, the motto should be “better safe than sorry.” If we continue to take precautions now, things will be better for everyone later.
Should I Purchase an Air Purifier?
In the intertest of taking precautions, you may want to purchase an indoor air quality device from our experienced HVAC techs at AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric. We are proud to offer whole-house air purification systems, Ultraviolet (UV) air purification systems, and HEPA filters to eliminate a range of particulates in your air. To reiterate, unless you have a hospital-grade air filter, no system is likely to get rid of the Coronavirus. However, air purification systems can help get rid of similar viruses, keeping you healthy and boosting your immune system, which is more important than ever right now. Call AAA for more information about air purifiers today, and remember, safe is better than sorry!