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How Can Your HVAC Reduce Coronavirus Risk?

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How Can Your HVAC Reduce Coronavirus Risk?

Since the coronavirus first made its appearance in the western world last year, scientists have been working to reduce its spread. The details of the virus may take time to unravel but we can use what we know now to reduce your family’s risk.

2020 was a year full of unexpected twists and turns throughout the world. Because of this, customers often ask us what we can do to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus at home.

HVAC systems can either improve air quality or make it worse. In many ways, the best way to reduce the spread of this virus is similar to reducing any virus in your home. Based on current research, here are three ways to reduce your risk of exposure and spread in your home through your HVAC system.

How Can Your HVAC System Reduce Coronavirus Risk?
How Can Your HVAC System Reduce Coronavirus Risk?

Boost fresh air 

Researchers tell us that how much of the virus you are exposed to impacts how sick you get. Of course, your own immune system’s function and whether you have underlying conditions will also affect this. Reducing the amount of stale air buildup in your HVAC system will both reduce your risk of exposure and help boost your immune system.

Proper ventilation, which requires both the removal of stale air and the introduction of fresh outdoor air, is a step in the right direction for keeping your exposure down and reducing your risk of infection.

Tighter humidity control

The risk of getting and spreading coronavirus goes up as winter sets in, caused in part by reduced humidity. Drier air allows smaller aerosols containing the virus to remain suspended longer. This suspension exacerbates the spread of airborne viruses like the coronavirus. Lower humidity also dries out mucus membranes, making your body more welcoming to the virus as this defense mechanism becomes weaker.

Add humidity to your home, ideally via a whole house system, and reduce your risk due to poor humidity.

Air purification 

Upgrading your home’s filter to a HEPA filter can remove particles like viruses from your home’s air. Individual room purifiers can help further reduce the virus count in specific areas like bedrooms. When you replace your furnace filter, have your technician check the fan for proper performance. HEPA filters can slow airflow so it’s always good to double check.

Give us a call

Note that there is no guarantee that you won’t get coronavirus, but you can minimize the risk. Remember, as more research is conducted, more information will come forward. If you need help assessing and upgrading your HVAC system to reduce your COVID risk, give one of our knowledgeable System Advisors a call at (385) 273-3200 or visit us at westernheatingair.com. We’ll come to give you a free system assessment!

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Brian Berrett
Brian Berrett
02:26 21 Jan 22
Easton Frisby Did a fantastic job on maintenance and repair of our furnace. He answered many of my questions that were very complicated and couldn’t be answered by previous HVAC technicians from other companies. I hate paying money for things like air conditioner and heating maintenance, but they did such a good job that I signed up for a maintenance plan.
Kayla Thompson
Kayla Thompson
16:58 18 Jan 22
Taylor was awesome and able to return in a timely matter with part needed. Jeff was able to quickly diagnose what was going on with my system! Kayla was very helpful along with Rachel in office getting my rental unit scheduled very fast compared to other companies.
Catherine Shumway
Catherine Shumway
19:01 13 Jan 22
The technician, Brennan, was exceptional! During our follow up call he explained everything about the unit and its performance in detail, the adjustments made to improve functionality, and recommended an item I will have have done this coming year. Can’t say enough good things about Western Heating & Air!
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