This pandemic has been a learning experience for all of us. Because it is a virus we have never seen before, researchers and scientists have been working overtime trying to identify as many details as possible to try to keep people safe.
One of the most highly debated areas among scientists is how exactly SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted. Does it spread on surfaces? Does it travel through the air? Does it need to be inhaled in close range of an infected person?
Dirty Indoor Air Transmission
An article published in the Nature Communications journal might hold some answers to these questions. While this study analyzed how the influenza virus spreads among guinea pigs, it reveals new ways in which all viruses are capable of being transmitted from one organism (including humans) to another.
The study showed that microscopic dust particles can act just like moisture droplets and serve as vehicles for viruses, carrying them through the air from one host to another. This presents another aspect to consider when it comes to containing COVID-19 transmission, and points to the danger of spending time in compact areas with contaminant-filled air and little ventilation.
Rather than instilling even more fear and anxiety, research like this allows us to take the right precautions and be smarter when it comes to the air we are breathing.
One of the first places we can focus on breathing healthy air is in our own home or business. Whether you are looking to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, protect against viruses, or bring healthy air into your home, regular cleaning and an indoor air quality system can help keep the occupants safe and healthy.
The system is made up of several customized equipment components, long term monitoring, and preferably an analytical test to find out the source of poor indoor air quality. Here is a few component descriptions below.
First, and possibly the most important step! The first step should be to conduct lab-based testing of the air and in some cases the surfaces. By doing this you can find where the potential poor indoor air is coming from and build a customized system or protocol from that report created form your Indoor Air Quality Associates expert. So, for example: if you find there is high level of proteins from a rodent, you might call a pest control company and install a filtration and purification system. Most companies will just recommend or tell you to blindly install IAQ equipment (some offering harmful by products and are not validated) alone without an analytical expert test or assessment. By skipping this valuable step, you put a band aid on an underlining issue with no long-term fix.
Fresh Air Ventilation
Indoor air can be five times more polluted than the air outside. With a whole-home or building ventilation system, you can let that dirty- stale air out and bring fresh, clean air in. This helps dilute and remove contaminants such as airborne viruses, chemicals (VOCs), carbon dioxide and allergens so you can breathe easy at home.
Here at Indoor Air Quality Associates, we recommend a whole-home or building air filter can decrease stagnant air in your home and minimize your family’s or occupants’ risk of allergy symptoms, asthma triggers, and long-term respiratory irritants. When using our air filters, the system can capture up to 99%+* of airborne particles the size of viruses and reduce other contaminants that may be lingering in your home’s or businesses air. We also offer portable solutions to manage mission critical areas or spaces or if you do not have ducted system, no worries.
Indoor Air Quality Associates offers Needle Point Bipolar Ionization compliments filtration and fresh air ventilation, and is a great technology proven over many decades of studies to help reduce particulate matter by causing negative and positive particles to attract to each other. This creates even the smallest of particles (ultrafine particles) that otherwise would not be removed from the air to be filtered or drop out of the air. Another offering to this technology is it can remove odors, breakdown VOC’s, deactivate infectious diseases, and more. This is done while offering NO harmful by products like ozone or hydroxyl radicals.
Balanced humidity complements all aforementioned products, greatly contributing to your overall health. Keeping your home’s humidity between 30% and 60% can minimize virus survival rates in addition to helping keep your home protected from the impact of dry or moisture-riddled air. A whole home or building dehumidifier can protect your house from the dangers of high humidity by stifling mold growth, decreasing allergens such as dust mites, and preserving the furniture and foundation of your home. A humidifier helps combat dry air, and not only keeps your home feeling warmer in the winter, but also helps lower the survival rates of virus-sized particles that may linger in our air during those colder months.
Long Term Monitoring
Here at Indoor Air Quality Associates we have partnered with several vetted IAQ monitoring sensory devices. Monitoring can create awareness of you homes or buildings poor IAQ. By creating the opportunity of awareness, you can additionally control the air in your home based on environmental changes, cooking, cleaning by products, activities, etc. This is key in finding current and new sources of where the poor IAQ is coming from. In some cases, awareness can help to change in one’s behaviors, therefore can make a educated and valuable differences in the health of the air, you and the occupants breathe. This also offers satisfaction in knowing IAQ equipment is in working order.
To follow through with your first step, give us a call at 2153660224! Indoor Air Quality Associates, is your expert to healthy air!