How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning
Getting over the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be quite the difficult process - especially in Ontario! Some researchers say that getting ahead of the pandemic is difficult for two main reasons:
Failing to reach the coverage vaccination estimate of 70%.
The continual denial of the need for improved indoor air quality.
With the continual mutating of the virus and new variants being introduced to our communities, the concept of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and overcoming the virus in all of its connotations is quite daunting!
To many, it may even seem impossible.
But even though the virus cannot be controlled, we have the advanced knowledge and technology necessary in providing protection against the virus for both ourselves and our families.
One of the solutions that researchers have found regarding safeguarding against the COVID-19 virus and its variants is improving your home’s indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality has not always been the most popular topic for homeowners, however that has drastically changed since the onset of COVID-19! Today, many homeowners are aware of the need to upgrade these air quality systems and improve the airflow within their homes in order to help purify their air.
How clean is your indoor air? What are some ways that you can improve it using your central air conditioner or ductless air conditioner? Keep reading to find out!
Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality With Air Filtration
What is air filtration? In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the Difference Between Air Filtration and Air Purification. But the main difference between the two is that air filtration blocks or removes toxins while air purification neutralizes them.
So, we understand that air filtration is a process that removes airborne particles from the air. But how does it do this?
By using the air filter on your ductless or central air conditioner or furnace!
HVAC Air Filter
One of the easiest and most common ways to filter your indoor air is with an HVAC air filter. Did you know that you should be replacing your HVAC air filter every 30 days?
If it is not changed regularly, the filter can become clogged, making it difficult for air to pass through.
If you do not change the air filter on your central air conditioning, the unit may begin to let contaminants in, causing it to fail.
If you fail to change the air filter on your furnace, the unit is likely to overheat - causing you an expensive furnace repair.
Researchers say that changing your air filter every 30 days can actually help maintain your indoor air quality drastically, helping you stay safe from COVID-19!
But is that the only thing you need?
Actually, no! Although changing your air filter is a great start, for more adequate protection, HVAC experts are also recommending the addition of a HEPA air filtration system as well.
HEPA Air Filtration
What is a HEPA air filter? HEPA actually stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and it dates all the way back to World War II! Scientists actually used this filter in order to protect themselves from radiation leaks.
Much like a regular HVAC air filter, the HEPA air filtration system traps airborne solid and organic matter. The HEPA filter, however, provides a much denser filter that allows for smaller floating particles to be trapped as well!
FUN FACT: The HEPA filtration system is still standard issue in laboratories and COVID-19 hospital wards.
Do you have a central air conditioning and/or heating system? If so, a HEPA air filtration system is easily integratable - allowing 99.97% of particles to be broken down to 0.3 microns (1/100 the width of a strand of human hair!).
UV Air Purification As The Cleanest and Safest Indoor Air Solution
As we mentioned before, air purification neutralizes solid airborne particles instead of trapping them. But in order to provide the cleanest and safest indoor air quality solution, both liquid and gaseous airborne toxins need to be neutralized as well.
Since these toxins are more difficult to “trap”, the only way to properly neutralize them is through a purification process. And what better purification method than the strongest purifying agent in the world - ultraviolet light!
Did you know that the world was designed with it’s own air purifier? The sun actually emits three bands of UV light - A, B and C.
Both A and B bands are blocked by the ozone layer, however C is the light band that reaches earth (and can cause sunburn).
How Does UV Purification Work?
UV purification is a natural process that changes the molecular structure of a liquid and gaseous toxin in order to neutralize it.
Essentially, the UV light will penetrate the RNA within a gaseous or liquid droplet and prevent it from replicating (which is what can make a person sick).
If you have a central air conditioner or central heating unit, a UV air purifier is easily integrable.
If you have a ductless air conditioner and/or furnace, a standalone UV air purifier can also do the same job as the integrable option.
Can you Choose Either a HEPA Air Filter or UV Air Purifier? Or Do You Need Both?
Although it is recommended that homeowners invest in both a HEPA air filter and a UV air purifier, we understand that this is not always a reasonable solution.
If you’re unsure whether to install a HEPA air filter or a UV air purifier, we recommend choosing the UV air purifier.
Because the UV air purifier ensures that every molecule is exposed to the neutralizing process before it reaches you - making it the safest air cleaning option!
Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario For Expert Air Conditioning and Indoor Air Quality Service
Are you concerned with your indoor air quality, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? Thankfully, there’s a way to ensure that it is both clean and safe for you and your family to breathe.
At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, keeping our customers safe and comfortable is so important to us! Our indoor air quality experts work with families in ensuring that they are breathing in the purest air at home.
Contact our qualified HVAC technicians today to learn more about your indoor air quality options! Call us at 705-560-2441 or visit us online!