The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an increased interest in the health of indoor environments, from clean surfaces to healthy air.
Shared spaces like restaurants and bars are taking measures like leaving more space between tables, hoping to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading through the flow of air. (One study in China found air conditioning to be the likely culprit of transmission in a restaurant.)
Some cities are trying out unique measures to ensure social distancing outdoors in parks and other public places. In Seattle, city workers mowed circles in the grass to encourage proper distancing.
And when it comes to your home, what changes have you made during this time? Maybe you’ve installed an air purifier or increased the number of times you disinfect door handles and other high-touch surfaces.
While the exact methods of transmission for this coronavirus haven’t been confirmed, the World Health Organization recommends maintaining distance from others (even if they’re not showing symptoms) and regular handwashing.
Even when the threat of coronavirus is under control, you can still employ many of these strategies to create a healthy and more comfortable home environment. Whether it’s wildfire smoke, urban pollution, or chemical fumes, there are constant issues testing the quality of the air you breathe.
With a focus on quality indoor air for a lifetime, here are some areas to keep in mind when creating a consistently healthy environment in your home.
Healthy Air Strategies
This is top of mind during the pandemic, but it’s something you can always be aware of. Annual cold and flu seasons are caused by viruses, and some air filters are capable of removing virus-sized particles from the air. This is not a cure-all, but it can be an important piece in protecting yourself from virus-caused illnesses.
A common issue in living spaces is mold growth. While it’s impossible to completely remove, it can be tightly controlled by maintaining healthy humidity throughout the home.
Whether you have seasonal allergies or find yourself sniffling with every season, a major way to take back control is to maintain an allergy-free living space. Through a combination of purification and ventilation, you can live more comfortably by managing your exposure to allergens.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in a range of common household items like paints, aerosol sprays, and cooking exhaust. It’s important to have the infrastructure in place to remove these from your home and replace them with fresh air.
Aprilaire recommends replacing your humidifier’s water panel annually. Proper humidity levels can make your home more comfortable, use less energy, and reduce the risk of becoming ill.
The EPA estimates that 1 in 15 homes has elevated radon levels, putting millions of people at higher risk of lung cancer. Start with radon detectors and then evaluate what the solutions are if your home does have an issue.
Each area fits into Aprilaire’s Healthy Air System™. We want to empower you with the knowledge and resources required to create a healthy air environment in your home. Start by talking to a pro about ongoing concerns in your home and to discover other areas you may want to be aware of.
This program helps you create a healthy environment during the current pandemic and beyond for everyday healthy air.