Quote of the Season:
“You’re like air to me, I need you to be there, but I don’t want to see you or think about you. I just need to know, to believe, that your there. However, If I am thinking about you then we both have a problem.”
The entire planet is on high alert and closely monitoring the 24-hour news updates from around the world commenting on new safety measures, people that are infected and those that have died due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19).
It seems like every minute of every day, Scientists are discovering more and more about the coronavirus and ways to stop the spread or cure those infected. Now, the latest updates reveal that the virus can be transmitted via Aerosol (air), Direct Contact (Touch) and Respiratory Droplets (Sneezing & Coughing). It’s not uncommon in the Barrington area to see people preparing for the worst by stocking up on food, water and basic necessities.
We are nearing the end of the Influenza season, about to enter the allergy season and now we also have a deadly virus sweeping the globe. Maintaining a safe and healthy home is now more important then ever. This includes keeping your home & the air in your home free from unwanted contaminates that could lead to asthma, allergies, respiratory diseases and other various health conditions.
Coronavirus can survive on surfaces in your home, car or office for over 3-days so proper sanitation should be a priority to reduce the risk of infection.
Open Your Windows
Some people may find it logical to keep your home tightly sealed in order to keep the virus out. This practice causes the air in your home to become stale and unhealthy, eventually leading to what they call “Sick Building Syndrome” due to a lack of ventilation.
Improve Your Home Ventilation System
Homes have become more energy efficient over the years as technology improves the ways we insulate and seal homes. This allows homeowners to save money on heating and cooling but also creates a situation where the home cannot breath. To improve the ACH (Air Changes Per Hour), Fresh air ventilators are recommended and sometimes required in many municipalities to allow the stale air inside to be exchanged with fresh air from outside.
Control Humidity At Home & In Your Office
Example: Imagine one of the many cottonwood trees we have in the Barrington area after a rainstorm. The wind could blow but the seeds will not go anywhere but when the sun comes out the next day, those seeds dry out and float miles away.
What About Air Purifiers and Filters?
Why is .3 Microns The Smallest Measured MERV Particle Size?
"Coronavirus (COVID-19) Particles are typically .125 Microns" - CDC
The standard MERV rating based on particle size does not mean that it is ineffective to smaller particles such as those found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It simply does not specifically test for its effectiveness on filtering particles less then .3 Microns.
The .3 Micron sized particles are the standard measured because it is among one of the most difficult particles to capture. Its density (size/weight) and trajectory makes it more likely to travel in a laser straight path that easily penetrates most air filter media.
In comparison to smaller, less dense particles tend to travel in somewhat of a zig-zag pattern as they try to float through the air. This allows the smaller particles to collide with and stick to the air filter media more often.
According to studies published by NASA, based on the laws of diffusion, HEPA filters are capable of removing "Virtually 100% of particles," even nano-particles. The zig-zagging nano-particles are trapped by most filters as they are likely to stick to the filter media fibers upon collision.
To understand this theory, picture a fish net. If you were to sweep a net through a tank densely packed with fish both (small and large), you would end up catching both the small fish and the large fish. Some of the small agile fish may have the ability swim straight though the net but you would still catch a mix of both sizes including a large amount of those small fish that may not be crafty enough to find the holes in the net.
Air Filter Rules & Guidelines
Alternative IAQ Options
“It’s truly incredible how quickly it started working. After only on week we noticed our home feeling cleaner, the air smells fresh and I couldn't believe the amount of things trapped on our air filter. I’ve never seen an air filter so dirty.“ - ICEHVAC Customer
“We hired Josh recently to install a new UV filter on our furnace. You see, we have 2 dogs, and every floor (save for the kitchen and bathrooms) is carpet. The wife has allergies that never really go away, even in winter. Ever since we installed the filter, she especially has a marked increase in her breathing quality. Happy wife, happy life. Bonus that Josh was easy to talk to and schedule with. No surprises on the final bill and everything looks beautiful. I'll be keeping them for any future furnace/ac needs.” -ICEHVAC Customer
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sort and this article is written based on a collaboration of first hand knowledge & experience in the indoor air quality industry, sited/linked research by credible professionals among various industries and the opinion of NATE Certified HVAC technicians at Indoor Climate Experts HVAC. Please contact a licensed medical doctor for any health related questions or call 911 if you have a life threatening emergency.
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