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The latest Covid research for indoor air quality

For nearly two years, the world has been dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19. We now know that spread of COVID occurs via airborne particles and droplets, and more homeowners in Florida understand the meaning of the term Indoor Air Quality. Still, the learning doesn’t stop. Scientists and researchers are still actively studying COVID as it relates to IAQ. We’ve summarized the latest research, publications, and recommendations from the experts in this article.  

Improving IAQ With Many Methods

With indoor air quality and COVID, research from the Central Building Research Institute (April 2021) reveals that the best thing we can do to stay safe is attack the problem from many angles. You may already be familiar with some of their recommendations: when spending time with others indoors, wearing facemasks, social distancing, and limiting large gatherings are all effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID.

But there’s another layer of protection we can add into the equation – researchers call these “engineering controls”. Engineering controls are physical modifications to spaces to protect those within it. Some of the engineering controls for indoor air quality are ventilation, filtration, and air cleaning devices. These are all part of the core recommendations from ASHRAE

IAQ Recommendations For Homes For COVID Risk Reduction

With many of us spending so much time at home, it makes sense that Orlando homeowners would seek ways to improve indoor air quality beyond the bare minimum recommendations. But are indoor air quality products a good investment to reduce the risk of COVID-19? In a guidance document last updated June 2021, ASHRAE’s epidemic task force provided these recommendations for residential homes: 

Is Home The Safest Place To Be?

The lockdowns of 2020 gave rise to the question of whether it’s truly safer at home. The experts say that unless a household member is infected with a virus, your home is a very safe environment. Still, household transmission of COVID-19 is common and often occurs before people show symptoms. Besides all the IAQ recommendations above, experts recommend that every family has a plan to isolate any infected family member(s) to limit the transmission of viruses between household members. 

The best isolation spaces are on lower floors in the summer, and higher floors in the winter. Ideally, isolation spaces should have their own restroom facilities. Since most homes in Orlando have a central air conditioning system, it’s important to consider how air moves through your home. Air is constantly recirculating, so to ensure that there is no transmission from your isolation space to other areas, we’ll need to make sure the room is a higher pressure than other spaces. One way to do this is by running a bathroom exhaust fan 24/7. This toilet paper test shows how it works.

HVAC And IAQ Services In Orlando

Professional AC & Heating is an Orlando original. Serving this community since 1977, we have a unique understanding of the neighborhoods, climate, and families that live here. Our team is up-to-speed on the latest research related to COVID and IAQ, so that we can help keep you safe. If you need an expert opinion on the indoor air quality of your home, contact Professional AC & Heating.

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