In the HVAC community, there’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not your HVAC plays a role in the transmission of COVID-19. To understand how your HVAC unit or an HVAC unit replacement helps, you must first understand how COVID-19 spreads.
COVID-19, The Tiny Guy In The Sky
Transmission of COVID-19 occurs from person-to-person. Most often through close contact with an infected person. Or through contact with droplets of fluid from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. Infection can also occur by touching surfaces that droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze have landed on. The virus can live on surfaces for up to 9 days. Which is why proper hand washing and not touching your face are suggestions that have been promoted so much recently.
Many HVAC units are designed to trap particles and contaminants that enter and could potentially flow through your home. The problem with COVID-19 is that the droplets are between 0.06 and 0.14 microns in size. To give you a better idea, HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filters, that are most commonly used in critical care environments like hospitals, are 99.97% effective at capturing particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
To summarize, even the best filters and HVAC replacement units available at the moment just aren’t enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 alone.
Is a new HVAC unit replacement worth investing in at this time?
While HVAC technicians can’t guarantee that a new HVAC unit replacement will eliminate the coronavirus threat from your home. There are a few reasons why you might want to still invest in a new system.
Protect Your Respiratory Health
The coronavirus targets your respiratory health, with a persistent dry cough being one of the tell-tale signs of the illness. By investing in an HVAC unit replacement, you’re investing in improved indoor air quality. Which may have life-changing effects for you and your family.
If the air in your home has felt a bit stale or stuffy, an HVAC unit replacement can breathe new life into your living space. Simply by allowing more efficient air movement throughout your home.
A new HVAC unit replacement will also help eliminate other airborne pollutants such as dust, pollen, and mold. This can significantly increase your air quality and be beneficial to your overall respiratory health. For those suffering from asthma, who are more at risk for COVID-19, an upgraded HVAC unit can stop those allergens that trigger asthma symptoms.
Improve Your Work Performance While Stuck At Home
With all the shutdowns taking place, more people are having to work from home at this time. If you struggle to maintain focus because you’re too hot or too cold, a new HVAC unit replacement might be a good investment. Not only will you be home to watch a professional HVAC technician install your new unit, you’ll be able to immediately start enjoying the benefits.
Keep your mind clear and be ready to tackle your work tasks for the day. With better comfort from a fully functioning HVAC unit.
Enjoy Better Sleep Quality
To best ward off COVID-19, you’ll want to ensure you’re well-rested and in tip-top shape in terms of health during this time. If you’ve been struggling through sleepless nights or waking up often because of night sweats or chills, an HVAC unit replacement may be what you need to get a good night’s rest.
Keeping your bedroom the ideal temperature will help you sleep better and improve your overall health. Including your immune system, so you’re ready to fight off the coronavirus and other nasty bugs.