If you want to protect your family from colds, flu, and sickness, cleaning is everything.
That’s why the CDC recommends washing your hands often, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces around your home.
Once a germ is in the air, it can attach to anything around it. How long it lives depends on what it lands on. Keep in mind that things like the coronavirus are believed to be airborne. That’s why it’s important to social distance, and take protection depending on the levels of risk.
What about inside your home? While you can’t social distance from the people you live with, it’s still important to create the healthiest living environment possible. Can your HVAC’s air filter be part of the solution?
Air filters work pretty much as you would imagine. They draw in air and remove tiny particles of dust, pollen, mold, and other contaminants, before sending the air supply outward.
In most cases, air filters do a great job. You can choose different types of air filters to install, and this is one case where it pays to upgrade and select one that will do a better job. A HEPA air filter, for example, can catch as much as 99 percent of the bad stuff that’s currently in your air supply. That means they’re working hard to combat allergens and removing large particulates that currently exist within your home.
Can it remove germs associated with coronavirus? Viruses are, in general, a lot smaller than other bacterial particles. That makes them much more difficult to eliminate. It’s not your air filter’s job to completely eradicate a disease. But it’s still a good idea to pay attention to what’s installed inside your home, and how it impacts your air supply overall.
Whether we’re dealing with a normal cold and flu season, or have upgraded conditions like the coronavirus, isn’t a good idea to keep your home as clean as possible?
When was the last time you changed your air filter?