Indoor Air & The CoronaVirus 

Can your home HVAC fight the coronavirus? 

With non-stop news coverage, and our lives changing by the hour, we are all concerned about our exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The CDC says the virus can be spread by close contact with others OR through respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. That’s hard to stop and our lives are changing daily to help slow the spread. 

We want to give you a few solutions that would allow your home or business HVAC system to fight the CoronaVirus, and anything else that happens to be in your air. No sales pitch, just information to keep you informed. Pricing is included as a guideline only, we want you to have a general idea to avoid being scammed by other companies.

Your home Air Filter

 Every HVAC system has an air filter. Regular changing keeps your system running it’s best. Take a trip to a big box store and you will see A LOT of options and ratings that can be overwhelming. Lower rated filters catch the “big stuff” like dust and hair. Higher rated filters, including those built with Activated Charcoal, can trap odors, pollen, and pet dander. 

Neither of these options help combat viruses, mold, or other bacteria that may be in your home’s air. 

UV Lights

These devices use the power of the sun to clean your home’s air as it passes by in the duct work. They have been proven to kill over 98% of mold, bacteria, and viruses that may be in your home’s air after the first 24 hours of use. The bulbs generally last 3 years, after which they need to be replaced. There is no other maintenance involved. Approx cost: $255-$295. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.freshaireuv.com/residential/blue-tube-uv/

Ion Cleaners

These devices are installed in your home HVAC system and produce ions to capture and reduce air borne particles. When the ions come in contact with viruses, bacteria or mold, they remove the hydrogen molecules – without them, the pathogens have no source of energy and will die.  The ions also attach to allergens like pollen and other particles, causing them to band together until they are large enough to be caught by your ventilation system’s air filter. This is similar to the way nature cleans the air – with energy and shear to break apart molecules. Approx cost: $585-$650. Follow this link to learn more: http://www.iwaveair.com

UV Light + Ion Cleaner

This device combines the best of both worlds and installs similar to the UV light and Ion Cleaner. Approx cost: $495-$650. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.rgf.com/products/air/reme-halo/

Electrostatic Air Cleaners 

These devices are considered to be the most effective as they have a multi-step process to clean your homes air. A pre-filter catches large particles, then a metal plate “zaps” the dust, mold, viruses, and bacteria, and finally a dense filter to catch everything that doesn’t belong in your home’s air. These devices are installed in the duct system and wired in. The Trane CleanEffects has been rated to capture 99.98% or airborne particles including those as small as .1 micron (smaller than a red blood cell). These devices require cleaning a couple times per year. Approx cost: $945-$1285. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.trane.com/residential/en/products/add-on-components/cleaneffects/

If you have any questions to learn more about these products, give us a call anytime.