Here’s all the latest news you need to know on how to keep your home healthy and safe against COVID-19 this winter.
For now, COVID-19 remains a major health concern in our country, with numbers of cases spiking in recent weeks. With that spike has come news of an impending vaccine but also a better understanding of how the virus spreads and likely infection points.
Obviously, we aren’t doctors or even in the business of healthcare. But we are in the business of helping you to keep your home as clean and healthy as possible. So we’ve been reading up on all the latest news coming out about how COVID-19 spreads through heating and air systems and indoor ventilation.
We’ve compiled some resources for you below so that you will have access to all the info you need to keep your family healthy and safe through this winter and holiday season.
Hartford Healthcare – “Can an HVAC Duct Spread COVID-19 in Offices, Stores and Schools?”
A possible COVID-19 superspreader on the loose isn’t even human. It’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in corporate offices, retail stores and schools across the country…
EPA – “Indoor Air and Coronavirus (COVID-19)”
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. However, some uncertainty remains about the relative importance of different routes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Evidence now confirms that this virus can remain airborne for longer times and further distances than originally thought…
EPA – “Can running the HVAC system in my home help protect me from COVID-19?”
By itself, running your HVAC system is not enough to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. However, when used along with other best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, operating the HVAC system can be part of a plan to protect yourself and your family, since running your HVAC system filters the air as it is circulated…
Air Conditioning Contractors of America – “Coronavirus and Other Contaminants: How Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Health“
People spend about 90% of their lives indoors, and pollutant levels can be as high as 100 times the levels encountered outside. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top four environmental hazards in America. While our attention is focused on the spread of Coronavirus, and we are thinking about the necessary precautions…
NPR – “Can Air Conditioners Spread COVID-19?” (or furnaces?)
Among scientists, there is ongoing debate about the extent to which aerosol transmission causes infection. However, it has been generally accepted that it does occur, especially in closed indoor settings. Consequently, there’s a possibility that air conditioning may be a potential route of transmission…
National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) – “COVID-19 Resources and Information”
A listing of resources and articles related to duct cleaning and COVID-19.
Although there’s still a lot of research and learning to be done on indoor and airborne transmission of this virus, having your ductwork cleaned is a pretty safe bet if you want to be sure you are taking all possible measures to remove the virus from your home. This is especially important if anyone in your family is very young, elderly, already ill, or has a compromised immune system.
Call today to schedule a duct cleaning appointment for your home, office, or building: (513)737-3200.