Did you know you can help keep your employees safer during these difficult times by replacing the air filters in your HVAC systems. We want to share some helpful information we received from an air filter manufacturer whom we work closely with.
“We are all trying to do everything possible to stay healthy. Washing your hands with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds, getting a vaccine if available, and avoiding sick individuals are all absolutely critical precautions everyone should be taking when any virus is afoot, even just the seasonal flu.
There are other secondary precautions you can also take to protect your HVAC system from spreading illness, one of which is upgrading your air filters to a MERV 13. MERV 13 filters are among the most effective air filters you can buy for your system and can actually remove some virus carriers from the air that your occupants breathe.To understand how an air filter can help decrease the risk of catching an infectious disease, you must first understand how an infectious disease, specifically an airborne one, is transmitted. When you sneeze, cough, breathe, or otherwise exhale air into the outside world, you are releasing tiny drops of water known as ‘respiratory droplets.’ These droplets contain particles within them, and when the moisture that forms said droplet evaporates, the particles within remain together and can suspend in the air for variable amounts of time. Some of those particles can be viruses, and this mass is called the droplet nucleus.
According to the CDC, droplet nuclei can range from 1 to 5 microns (also known as micrometers) in diameter and can contain viruses such as influenza, tuberculosis, chickenpox, the common cold, and more. They’re very tiny, and as mentioned, can remain suspended in the air for some time. Enter MERV 13 air filters. These filters are successful at filtering very small particles out of your air, even smaller than a single micron. It will by no means catch everything, no filter will, but a MERV 13 will catch a significant number of particles between 1 and 5 microns and a good number of ones even smaller than that.”
Call us today to schedule your filter change/replacement and most importantly, stay healthy!