HVAC companies have a part to play in preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. While clean HVAC systems alone are not sufficient, they can be important in controlling COVID-19. The virus is primarily transmitted through droplets when people cough or sneeze, but it can also linger on surfaces and in the air. HVAC professionals can help reduce the potential for the virus’s airborne transmission.
What Filters Can Do
Filters are useful in preventing the transmission of a number of different air contaminants. However, the size of the virus that causes COVID-19 is smaller than the HEPA filters that trap particles as small as .3 microns with more than 99% accuracy. A good filter can still help reduce the circulation of the coronavirus, but more protection is needed.
Coronaviruses may circulate through HVAC systems, causing infection. However, various types of UV cleaning can kill mold, bacteria and viruses. UV irradiation has not been specifically tested on the virus that causes COVID-19, but it is likely that it reacts in a similar way to other viruses that are exposed to it.
HVAC systems designed to reduce the likelihood of viruses circulating can be one of several important prevention strategies. Doctors’ offices and senior living centers are among the commercial locations where it is particularly important to ensure that HVAC systems are as safe as possible, but versions of these same systems can be installed in residential homes. Indoor air quality is a critical component of good health.
Failure of an HVAC system can cause problems for businesses or homeowners ranging from discomfort to health hazards. Those hazards are heightened when it becomes important to protect against a novel coronavirus or any other type of virus or bacteria. When people call an HVAC company, they want to speak to someone who is reassuring, knowledgeable and professional. Your company probably can’t have someone available to answer the phone 24/7, and this is where a professional answering service that specializes in the HVAC field becomes so important. Your customers can call any time of the day or night and know that their concerns are being addressed.