The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly everyone, and we are taking steps and precautions to protect our employees and customers as best we can. The airborne nature of this virus puts HVAC service providers in a position to answer questions about how customers can take further measures within their homes or businesses to protect themselves. Here are couple of options to consider:
- HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filters are typically used in healthcare facilities can be 99.97% effective at trapping particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This virus, however, is even smaller than that and will have some level of penetration. That being said, HEPA filters will provide you some protection versus a less effective filter, but this is no silver bullet.
- UV disinfection systems for HVAC complement traditional filtration systems. UV germicidal systems have been shown to reduce microbial load and pathogens that are found within the HVAC system that would normally be redistributed back into the building. Though data on UV disinfection systems’ effectiveness specifically on COVID-19 have not been performed, these systems have been effective in other varieties of coronaviruses (SARS and MERS).
For more information, we recommend this helpful resource: https://www.achrnews.com/articles/142808-coronavirus-prompts-response-in-hvac-industry#.XnIw46i4gbk.email
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns or to ask about available options for your home or business.