Can Your Home HVAC System Spread COVID-19?

With the rise in COVID-19 numbers, we are all wondering what we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. Ellis Air Conditioning wants to help you do that as well, which is why we’re looking into an increasingly common question: Can a residential HVAC system spread the coronavirus?

Why the Concern about HVAC?

We spend about 90% of our lives inside. We breathe in shared air and touch potentially contaminated surfaces. With the current recommendations to stay home unless absolutely necessary and the rising temperatures outside, your HVAC system is an important necessity.  We want to make sure you are doing everything possible to stay healthy. 

If you have someone in your house who is infected with COVID-19, they are most likely coughing and sneezing, producing tiny virus particles that could be circulated in the air. Anything that moves air around the room can spread these particles. It could be your HVAC system, a window unit, or a fan. 

What Can You Do?

If there is someone who is infected inside your home, they should try and stay in an area of the house where they are separated from others. Also, everyone in your home should take precautions by maintaining a safe distance and frequently washing their hands.

If you are a homeowner and have a forced air heating and cooling system, make sure that the air filter in your unit is replaced according to the filter instructions. Some filters are designed to remove particles such as respiratory droplets.

If there is someone who is sick in your home, and you have the AC on, try to maintain their distance away from the intake vent.  This will cut down on the spread throughout the house.

It’s not always possible during Texas summers, but when you can, open windows to allow fresh air to circulate. Fresh air helps lower the concentration of possible virus droplets. First thing in the morning or during those welcome rain showers are good times to enjoy that fresh air. 

Staying Safe This Summer

We like to keep our homes cool and welcoming during hot summers, especially after doing yardwork or other outdoor activities. Experts recommend keeping your thermostat between 70-75 degrees if COVID-19 is a concern. Fans can help you cool off if you need some added comfort. You should consider replacing your air filter every 30 days, or at least once every three months. You could also consider buying an air purifier, which uses a filter to capture 99% of particles.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Ellis AC

Our team of experienced HVAC technicians are dedicated to helping you and your family stay healthy and cool this summer. We know the importance of high quality air, especially during these unprecedented times, which is why we always do everything we can to keep you comfortable and healthy in your home. Call or visit our website for a free quote on our services today!

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