Air Quality and COVID-19

Air Quality and COVID-19

How does indoor air quality impact COVID-19 transmission?

As the weather gets colder and people are spending more time indoors, healthcare professionals and engineers believe that indoor air purifiers could play a role in helping protect your family from COVID-19.

Air purifiers are not a cure-all, CDC guidelines should be closely followed regarding hand washing, social distancing, and face masks. However, personal air purifiers for your home or office may offer an additional layer of protection when used in conjunction with these other recommended precautions.

It is widely accepted that the coronavirus can spread in multiple ways. It is unclear how much droplets, and contaminated surfaces, compared to aerosolized particles are responsible for contributing to the transmission of COVID-19. Yet, according to the technical lead for WHO (World Health Organization), the probability of airborne transmission especially in specific conditions, such as closed, and poorly ventilated indoor settings — cannot be ruled out. More about this can be read at the WHO’s scientific briefing.

Can air purifiers provide an additional layer of protection by removing a percentage of virus particles from the air?

Air Quality and COVID-19

At first air filters were not thought to be very effective at removing the virus from the air since COVID-19 particles are too small for a HEPA filter to reliably catch. However, when these micro-droplets are exhaled by a human they are embedded in saliva and mucus, in fact, the virus cannot live in the air without this protective coating. Thankfully, this also makes the virus particles significantly larger and easily filtered out by quality air purifiers. Recent tests indicate the use of indoor air purifiers can decrease concentrations of virus particles in the air, thus providing a clear benefit by reducing the potential for exposure.

Learn more about the best air purifier for you by taking advantage of in-depth research and reviews in this comprehensive guide from Consumers Advocate. Remember that personal air purifiers also filter out allergens, dust, and chemicals. Although a quality air purifier can be expensive. In this case, the potential benefits outweigh the costs. Think of it as a healthcare tool and investment in your health and future. Indoor air quality is important, and with the additional threat that COVID-19 poses, it is better to be safe than sorry. Schedule a home air quality test from Environmental Doctor and make a plan to improve your indoor air quality today!

Air Quality Testing and CO2

Carbon monoxide sounds scary at any place or anytime. Unfortunately, it is a common gas which is found in any home or almost anywhere on earth. The important thing to remember about CO2 is that it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, which is why carbon monoxide poisoning is a high-risk danger.

So, how does carbon monoxide enter a home?

When you drive a car, the burning gasoline produces carbon monoxide. Which is why we need to be careful when leaving an engine running for too long inside a garage. Burning wood, propane, charcoal, or other fuels will also produce CO2. Let’s not forget about home appliances, which also create CO2. Sometimes, carbon monoxide gets trapped inside a home and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. A perfect example is when a stovetop is left on without it burning. When the fuel does not burn thoroughly, there is a higher risk of accidental poisoning.

This is why it is a good idea to invest in an air quality monitor or get a professional air quality test on your property. We provide testing services for all building types, including homes, apartments, offices, schools, government, and medical facilities. You may be surprised as to what we find. Radon is also a quiet gas which is radioactive but naturally occurring. It can cause damage to our lungs and may lead to lung cancer over time.

Whether you think you may have a carbon monoxide leak or radon in your home or business, it is best to call a local professional for air quality testing.  Our team of experts has conducted about 25,000 radon tests and installed roughly 10,000 radon systems throughout Dayton. We also serve all of the areas surrounding Dayton, from Springfield to the East, Piqua to the North, and Eaton to the West. From radon, mold, duct cleaning,  and indoor air quality testing, we have your safety in mind at all times. If you have any questions, please call us at (937) 433-5202 or (513) 361-0015.

Learn more about how Environmental Doctor can help you with air quality testing here.

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