Now that we’re spending more time indoors due to shelter-in-place, it is more important to make sure the air you and your family breathe is healthy and clean.
While there are several ways to limit your exposure to the coronavirus (handwashing, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue), let’s focus on how your home heating and cooling systems can play a role in providing a cleaner and healthier environment.
Upgrade Your Filters
According to the Center for Disease Control, the virus is mainly spread by large droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. Second, an infected person may cough or sneeze in their hand and leave infected material on a doorknob that someone else may touch and then transfer it to their own mouth, nose, or eye. Your HVAC system’s air filters are the “face masks” of your home. They catch airborne particles but do not kill them. To reduce the risk of airborne exposure, consider upgrading your air filters by purchasing a filter with denser material. This will increase the ability to trap airborne particles before they reach the air you breathe. Ask your HVAC contractor for the best air filter for your needs.
Change Your Filter More Often
A better air filter collects more particles. Especially when more of us are staying indoors, our filters will need to be replaced more often. If someone in your family is ill, consider changing your filters more frequently to minimize recirculating airborne particles.
If you choose to wash your air filters, take precautions to do it safely. Wear a mask and use gloves to handle the filter. Take it outside and spray it with disinfectant.
If you’re replacing your filter, take the same precautions with a mask and gloves. In addition, take it outside and place the filter in a separate trash bag and dispose immediately in your trash bin.
Control Your Home’s Humidity
Keep your home’s humidity between 40-60% minimum because viruses are least viable in this range. Several factors can improve your home’s humidity levels: insulation, humidifiers, and plugging leaking windows and doors. A skilled HVAC technician will conduct a thorough inspection and can recommend the best options to control humidity in your home so it remains within the recommended range for optimum health.
Schedule an HVAC Assessment
A skilled HVAC technician will make sure to inspect your equipment for leaks and damage. He will do a thorough inspection of your ductwork for proper alignment and to ensure that it is fully sealed. A leaking ductwork forces your HVAC system to overwork which can lead to higher energy bills. A well-maintained HVAC ductwork system traps indoor allergens in the air filters. They play a critical role in trapping allergens by trapping particles and preventing them from circulating through your home.
RC Mechanical Can Help
The State of California’s list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers includes “Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.”
HVAC contractors are essential service providers. RC Mechanical can help you manage these indoor air quality risks and make recommendations to increase air quality. We are taking these extra precautions to ensure our customers and employees are safe and healthy: we wear full-mask respirator and gloves when we go into a home. We avoid unnecessarily touching surfaces in the home such as door knobs. When we complete our work, we ask the homeowner to open the door for us in order to minimize contact.
RC Mechanical, Redwood City’s best HVAC contractor, is a trusted local company that will quickly diagnose and resolve your indoor air quality issues. Whether you need help selecting the right air conditioner, installing a furnace, or conducting a home energy audit, you can count on RC Mechanical for superior and cost-effective service. RC Mechanical is a local veteran-owned business and has provided expert furnace and air conditioning repair and installation to the Bay Area with integrity for over 20 years. Homeowners in Redwood City and throughout the Bay Area count on us for all their heating and air conditioning needs. Call us today at (650) 575-3915 and we will respond within 24 hours.