How indoor air quality can help limit the spread of coronaviruses
Published : 08.04.2020.
It is now time as a community to take significant steps to limit the spread of coronaviruses and protect ourselves and those we love from the pandemic. Everyone helps, and we can all contribute to the fight against the spread of the virus with a simple act of solidarity: taking the security measures that experts recommend.
Because these measures include staying indoors, we must ensure that we are safe, protected and comfortable in our enclosed environment. Your home or office must be a clean and healthy place, and this can play a key role, with proper ventilation and indoor air quality. Now more than ever you need your air conditioner to function like a clock.
What is coronavirus?
What began as a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China in December 2019, linked to the city’s live animal market, has developed into a global coronavirus pandemic. We now call it the New Coronavirus for 2019.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms include respiratory problems, cough and fever. They can range from mild to severe, and certain individuals are more at risk of developing severe complications. The incubation period, the period between exposure to the virus and the onset of the first symptoms, can last up to 20 days.
Treatment and vaccines are in the development phase, but before we see the results, it is up to all of us to focus on implementing safety measures to the best of our ability.
What can we do to limit the spread of coronaviruses?
We may not fully understand the dynamics of coronavirus transmission, but we know that taking precautions is our safest option against infection. To prevent the spread of the virus, experts advise:
- boost the immune system,
- take standard hygiene measures,
- maximize disinfection efforts in our indoor environment,
- provide adequate ventilation and raise air quality in our enclosed space.
How internal air quality solutions can protect you from viruses
Indoor air quality is important for various reasons. Enjoying the cleaner indoor air contributes to overall well-being and comfort and reduces stress and anxiety, making us more relaxed and productive. It is an absolutely necessary part of the daily routine for people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems. And last but not least, indoor air quality, combined with proper ventilation, can help remove pollution, control air humidity and prevent viral infections from reaching us.
What is meant by indoor air quality?
Proper air conditioning can help purify indoor air from air pollution and maintain indoor air quality. Indoor pollutants are one of the main functions of your ventilation system because indoor air pollution by germs, suspended particulates and household products and chemicals can cause more direct damage to our health than outdoor pollution.
How does indoor air quality affect our health?
Thorough disinfection of your home, especially touch surfaces, is one of the known measures to prevent the spread of coronaviruses. But effective disinfection requires the use of aggressive chemicals, the residues of which can have a detrimental effect on both air quality and health.
This is where the sophisticated filtration system within your air conditioning system comes from. In addition to removing harmful particles from the air in your home, your system helps reduce the spread of infection:
- maintaining good air flow,
- maintaining moisture at the optimum level.
And it’s not just about fighting coronaviruses. An unmanaged ventilation system can also be a breeding ground for other viruses, molds and bacteria, especially if you have pets. All of these can cause or aggravate respiratory problems in your household members.
Why is air conditioning maintenance important?
Concerns about health and well-being are not the only reason responsible homeowners schedule their air conditioner maintenance. Maintaining your air conditioner is also important because it helps maintain your efficient and optimal capacity. In other words, this simple procedure, performed by your air conditioner technicians every few months, will save you the cost of repair and replacement, as well as reduce your utility bills.
What does regular Air Conditioning maintenance involve?
The great thing about setting up an air conditioning maintenance plan is that your local AC service provider will follow the schedule so you don’t have to. The experts in charge of maintaining your air conditioning system will follow a step-by-step process that includes checking the coolant level, cleaning filters and inverters, and inspecting and cleaning ducts within your system.
Undertaking joint activities
The experts are unanimous: stay home and stay calm. As challenging as it can be to overcome the confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic, remember that you are not alone. We are all in the same situation together. We will just have to forget about the splendor of the city center and the joys of vibrant social life for a while and focus on implementing safeguards both indoors and out.