HVAC & Geothermal Pros Address Coronavirus Concerns
HVAC professionals in Englewood, Florida and other states have been deemed essential businesses. This means the air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning are there to assist you in this time of shut-downs, quarantine and fears about #coronavirus. We have been asked many times how HVAC pros can address coronavirus concerns and because we have fielded that question so frequently, we have put this article together to help allay concerns.
We are still manning our office and we are taking all recommended precautions as put forth by the CDC when we pay a service visit. Please call if you have any questions about your air conditioner and whether it needs a maintenance and service visit to put your mind at ease about the virus and its potential impacts on your indoor air.
How HVAC Pros Can Address Coronavirus Concerns
Heating, ventilation and air conditioner (HVAC) contractors and professionals are fighting next to public health workers to keep everyone safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). This virus, COVID-19, is in the same strain of viruses as SARS, which caused an outbreak in the early 2000s. HVAC professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning are dedicated to prevention and containment to keep families and customers safe.
While there is no way to guarantee that a specific product will prevent infections from occurring, preventative maintenance, specific filters and HVAC products can reduce the risk of not only coronavirus but pollens, dust mites and other impurities from reaching the indoor air.
From the standpoint of HVAC, it is to prevent the spread of airborne viruses. It’s been determined that COVID-19 is a “droplet transfer” virus. This means the droplets that are too big to remain airborne (those spread through sneezing and couching – can be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces. The purpose of the social distancing mandates is that it’s believed the droplets won’t travel further than six feet. It’s not an impossibility, though, that some of the droplets will be small enough to remain airborne and make their way to an HVAC system’s return grill or even through the duct systems, and eventually infect someone who is in a different space entirely.
What are some of the best ways to prevent infection and how will the HVAC unit play a role?
- Filters – especially HEPA (high efficiency particulate arrestance) filters are the most effective at trapping airborne particles. In fact, a HEPA filter can trap up to 99.97 perfect of all particles. The filters in the HVAC unit clean the air and remove particles from the air. To be efficient, the filters need to be cleaned, and or replaced, on a regular schedule and having a high quality filter will trap and clean more of the air.
- Installing a ultraviolet disinfection system to complement the HVAC unit’s filtration system. UV systems can reduce the microbial load and kill pathogens found in the HVAC system and its drain pan and prevent reintroduction into the house or building.
Addressing customer concerns.
When our technicians pay a service visit, they will be properly dressed (mask, gloves and other protective clothing) and will remain well beyond the six-foot mandatory social distancing guidelines. You can share your concerns with our team before they arrive; when they show up you will have minimal to no contact with them because they will be performing the tasks you’d discussed on the service call.
When we work with homeowners we will recommend upgrades to higher quality/higher efficiency filters if the system is not already equipped with them. We may also recommend room air cleaners, in-home ultraviolet products, humidity controls and thorough cleaning of surfaces within the home.
If you haven’t scheduled an HVAC maintenance check-up, there is no time like the present to assure yourself that your unit is filtering the air properly and helping assure you’re breathing the cleanest indoor air possible.
Concerned about the air quality in your home, give us a call today. We are still working even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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