If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that preventing COVID-19 is a huge concern for everyone right now. And, as COVID-19 becomes more widespread, more and more people are being asked to remain in their homes as often as possible.
In theory, staying home sounds like the safest place to be in a health crisis, right?
We tend to think of our homes as cleaner and free of health-risks than general public areas, and while that’s mostly true, it’s not always accurate when it comes to your home’s air supply.
In fact, the air inside your home can be up to 5 times dirtier than the air outside, according to the EPA.
Without proper filtration and purification, your home’s air can become filled with a variety of unwanted particles including airborne viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants, that can irritate pre-existing upper respiratory issues and allergies.
To help improve your home’s air quality, you should consider:
Below, we’ll go into more detail about how each of these solutions can help improve the quality of your home’s air.
If you want to speak with a professional about improving the air quality of your home, you can reach out to us to request an appointment.
We want to start off by saying that we are not suggesting that an air purification system will prevent or get rid of COVID-19 in your home. While air purifiers can filter or inactivate some viruses, at this time there is currently no proof that air purifiers of any kind can filter out or inactivate COVID-19.
That being said, air purifiers can help filter out viruses and bacteria that cause Swine flu, Staph infection and Strep. In addition, air purifiers can filter out contaminants that irritate your respiratory system (like smoke and mold), especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
So, while there is no proof that an air purification system can help prevent COVID-19, it may help alleviate some of the respiratory symptoms the virus inflicts, and it can certainly help prevent or reduce other upper respiratory issues.
Now, the exact type of contaminants and microbes that an air purifier will inactivate or filter out of your air will depend on the type of air purifier you install.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of air purifiers:
To determine which type of air purifier is best for your home, you should speak with a professional. A pro will help you figure out which type or types of air purifiers would be best depending on what kind of contaminants you want removed from your home’s air.
Another way you can improve the overall air quality of your home is to invest in duct cleaning.
Over time, dust and debris can make its way into your system and settle inside of your air ducts. Dust and debris inside your ducts can decrease the efficiency of your system and increase the chance that those contaminants get blown into your home’s air.
The benefits of duct cleaning include:
So, how do you know if you need your ducts cleaned?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says you should have your ducts cleaned if:
While it doesn’t hurt to have your ducts cleaned regularly, we’d suggest only having your ducts clean if you really need it. Why waste money on a service you don’t really need?
Our recommendation would be to have an expert come to your home and take a look at your ducts to determine if you would benefit from duct cleaning.
While a tech is evaluating your ducts, we’d also suggest having them look for duct leaks. Usually, ducts will become dirty if there are small leaks in your ductwork, so having your ducts sealed at the same time they’re cleaned will be the most effective way to ensure they stay clean in the future.
Whether you’re interested in one of the solutions listed above or just want to talk with a professional about how we can help you with the air quality of your home, we’d be happy to help. We have quite a few years of experience under our belt, so you can rest assured that we will provide you with accurate, honest recommendations for your Phoenix home.