Air Purifiers and Covid-19
Protect your home from COVID-19 with an air purifier
As the last year of headlines has made abundantly clear, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon. With the emergence of the Delta variant in the United States—not to mention the future variants to come—there’s no better time for homeowners to start thinking about what they can do to eliminate COVID from their home’s air.
At King, we’re proud to install highly effective air purifiers from Carrier—a trusted name in indoor comfort and air quality. With an Infinity® Air Purifier, you can ensure your family is breathing safe, purified air at home.
What is the connection between air purifiers and COVID-19?
It’s this simple: a whole-home air purifier can significantly reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission in your home. This means you can breathe easy—quite literally—when you’re spending time with your family inside.
The Carrier Infinity® Air Purifier eliminates 99% of airborne pathogens, including coronaviruses. As the pandemic has continued, scientists have pinpointed airborne transmission as the main vector for the disease. Here’s what typically happens: a guest carrying the virus comes over to your home. They sneeze or cough, spreading the virus through water droplets. These viruses often remain airborne long enough for you and your family to breathe them in, potentially leading to infection.
With an air purifier installed, the situation is often much different. Those same airborne viruses circulating through your home are drawn into your HVAC system, where they pass through the Infinity® Air Purifier. Thanks to its MERV 15 filter, the virus is trapped and soon dies. The air that passes through the filter and comes out the other side is purified.
This isn’t just a theoretical technology. Air filters have been successfully used in commercial buildings and hospitals throughout the pandemic to slow the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that, in combination with social distancing and other precautions (such as those we’re taking here at King!), purifiers can greatly reduce transmission.
Your HVAC system can help
By having us install a Carrier Infinity® Air Purifier, you can turn your home’s HVAC system into a virus-fighting machine. After all, you’re already running your air conditioner and furnace to stay comfortable. Now, you’ll have the added benefit of purifying your home’s air!
In addition to adding an air purifier to your setup, here are a few other ways the EPA recommends you use your HVAC system to deal with COVID:
- Run Your System: Your filter and air purifier will be more effective if air is consistently moving into the system. To accomplish this, set your thermostat to run your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump consistently throughout the day. A smart thermostat makes this easy: program it to cool or heat your home on a schedule, and run the fan at all other times. This will keep air circulating, which is exactly what your purifier needs.
- Clean Your Filter: Your new air purifier will be installed in your air ducts. As such, the amount of air it gets from inside your home is dependent on the state of your intake filter. If your air filter is incredibly dusty, it could block the purifier from doing its job. Clean or replace your filter regularly to prevent this from happening.
- Schedule Tune-Ups: To keep your air conditioner or furnace running at its best, be sure to schedule seasonal cooling and heating tune-ups. Annual maintenance helps prevent breakdowns while also ensuring your system operates at its best. That includes filtering your home’s air: among the other problems you’ll face during a breakdown, problems with your system also mean your air is no longer being purified. Be proactive and have one of our techs take care of your system this fall.
Get familiar with the Carrier Infinity® Air Purifier
As the pandemic surges across the globe, countless companies have rushed to produce air purification equipment. However, many of them are new to this area of study, which means testing has been light and the results are often questionable. That’s just not the case with Carrier. As one of the best-known and most-trusted HVAC manufacturers in the world, Carrier has been researching and innovating around air purification for decades.
Their purifier is backed by a whole lot more than just their good reputation. The Carrier Infinity® Air Purifier is designed to work with your existing HVAC system—something Carrier’s designers and engineers know quite well. They’re also backed by a 10-year parts limited warranty, which is far better long-term coverage than you’ll get from most of the random brands we mentioned earlier. It’s a sign of the quality and craftsmanship that goes into their manufacturing process.
That’s just one of the reasons why King is proud to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. We believe in quality, and their equipment meets both our expectations and those of the homeowners we serve. If you’re considering purchasing an air purifier for your home, make it a Carrier, installed by your friendly experts here at King!
Take action to protect your home now
So far, the pandemic has come with peaks and valleys of infections. Due to the arrival of the Delta variant this summer, many experts believe this fall will see another spike in COVID-19 spread. In most of the country—including here in Chicagoland—cooler weather means more people spending time indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread. Add in schools and universities starting back up, and it’s easy to see why fall is typically the time when viral infection is at its highest.
The Delta variant is thought to be even more contagious than prior strains, and early research shows that current vaccines only offer moderate protection against infection. Given these factors, many expect this fall to be similar to last fall.
There are many steps you can take to protect your family from COVID-19. Without question, installing a whole-home air filter is one of them. That’s because an air purifier isn’t just effective against the coronavirus. It also kills the flu, cold viruses, and more. Investing in the Carrier Infinity® Air Purifier means investing in the future health of your family and your home.