How to Clean the Air in my Home to Avoid Viruses
Since most indoor air pollution is invisible to the naked eye, most people don’t think about it too much. Unfortunately, because homes are confined spaces, pollutants can build up and cause a variety of health issues. This problem has become worse over time as homes have become more and more energy efficient and have less airflow through them.
Indoor air pollution is often worse during the winter months when many windows and doors are closed and fresh air can’t get into a home. Indoor air pollution can enter the home from the outside, be produced by pets and people, or come from cooking. Along with the particles that come from these sources, viruses and bacteria can circulate throughout your home.
Spread of Disease
Many bacteria and viruses that cause infection can become airborne when someone sneezes or coughs and produces aerosols. Sometimes even breathing or talking can allow viruses and bacteria to become airborne in large enough concentrations to cause the spread of disease. These aerosols can stay airborne for several hours. If someone breathes them in, they can also become infected with a disease.
Having a proper ventilation system in your home can remove many of these aerosols from the air before they have a chance to infect someone. Maintaining proper circulation in a home by having a properly sized HVAC system could greatly reduce the spread of disease caused by various bacteria and viruses.
Effect of Poor Air Quality on Health
Poor air quality in a home can cause a variety of health issues and lead to a compromised immune system. If your system is already struggling with issues caused by indoor air pollution, such as asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues, it could lack the power to fight off additional infections.
Long-term exposure to indoor air pollution can cause permanent damage to the lungs and lead to heart disease. These conditions can also make you more susceptible to infection from aerosolized viruses and bacteria. Maintaining good indoor air quality in your home could provide many health benefits.
Benefits of Air Purifiers
Having an air purification system in your home could provide a variety of benefits. It’s important to make sure that your system has the power to clean all of the air in your home so that you can have peace of mind when breathing. Standard air purification systems use filters to remove microscopic particles from the air. HEPA filters are often used because of their high level of effectiveness. These filters need to be kept clean in order to function optimally.
There are many types of air purifiers you can choose from. Whole-house systems can be installed directly into your HVAC system and provide clean air to each room in your home. Individual units can be placed in areas that see high levels of use.
UV lights are highly effective at destroying the viability of viruses and bacteria. The high-energy light can destroy the DNA and RNA in a bacteria or virus particle and keep it from reproducing in your body. These UV lights can be installed either on the walls of a room or in an HVAC system.
Maintenance of HVAC Systems
A properly maintained HVAC system is also highly efficient at removing the particles circulating in your home. The maintenance plans offered by Kahn Air Conditioning could help you keep your Northridge home safe.
We’ll check all of the air filters in your heating and cooling system to make sure that they are clean. We’ll get them replaced if needed so that your system can function as well as possible. We work with high-quality filters to ensure optimal operation. Most filters need to be replaced every three to six months depending on the quality of the air circulating in a home.
Your Trusted HVAC Contractor
Kahn Air Conditioning is dedicated to the complete satisfaction of every Northridge customer that we serve. We have NATE-certified technicians who can handle jobs of any size or complexity. We’ve won the Angie’s List Super Service Award, and we remain committed to excellence. With our experience, we can help with jobs involving heaters, air conditioners, ductless mini-split systems, generators, smart home products, and air purification systems.
To learn more about the high-quality HVAC services that we offer to the residents of the Northridge, CA, area, call Kahn Air Conditioning today.