It’s impossible to not know that the coronavirus and the illness it produces, COVID-19, is everywhere! With testing resources having been limited, there is almost no doubt that the disease has been circulating in our community for weeks (since at least Mardi Gras break from the latest reports). And don’t forget, influenza is still present, which while less deadly overall, is more dangerous to children than coronavirus. Regardless of whether you are worried sick about contacting the virus or under the belief that everyone is overreacting, you cannot escape coronavirus preparation.
Although information regarding coronavirus is rapidly evolving, information as of March 12 is available here. As of Friday afternoon, March 13, the president officially declared a national emergency. And more and more people that we know, possibly us or our families, are going to be asked to self-quarantine or even be put into isolation (you can read about the differences here).
Even without putting yourself in self-quarantine, no one wants to be spreading infectious germs in their home and to their family members. Common sense says that if one family member is sick or getting sick, they separate themselves, cover their coughs, wash their hands regularly, and avoid touching their faces and then touching other surfaces. But how often do we consider that our air conditioning and heating systems are potentially spreading virus particles, undermining our safety measures?
Even though coronavirus, influenza and other viral illnesses are considered to mostly spread via droplet transmission (think of the icky stuff wet stuff we spew when we cough or sneeze), which is why social distancing ranges are set at six-feet, these viruses can also be airborne. And although a google search might try to tell you that viruses are NOT transmitted through HVAC systems, research has shown that they actually do spread through aerosol form (see here for example).
That is why we here at Three Rivers Services continue to try to educate everyone on filter MERV ratings and what they mean. In times like these, you most definitely want to get an air conditioning with a high MERV filter, but as we have said before, if the MERV rating is too high and the filter is too thick it can actually reduce efficiency and harm your unit. That is why we recommend, and use in our own homes, the Trane CleanEffects filter. This home filter is hospital grade and filters out 99% of airborne particles!
During these stressful times, please follow safety guidelines and do your part to keep you, your family, friends, and neighbors safe! And if you would like any additional information about the Trane CleanEffects filter, please contact us at (985) 892-7071 or through our website https://threeriversairandheat.com/