Welcome back to the Buckhorn Heating & Air Conditioning blog, we’re happy to have you. There’s no doubting that we’re living in a difficult time where we’re all hyper-conscious about our health, and for good reason at that — wearing masks outdoors, socially distancing to prevent transmission of COVID-19, and so much more.
And while all of those things are extremely important to be aware of and doing right now, it’s also vitally important that you’re cognizant of the air quality within your home. In today’s blog, we’re going to be talking about indoor air quality and COVID-19, while also rehashing the air quality services we offer to our customers in northern Colorado.
Keep reading to learn more!
COVID-19 And Air Quality
The one thing we’re certain about when it comes to COVID-19 is that we don’t fully understand it yet. And because of this, there has been a lot of confusion surrounding what you should do to prevent or slow the spread, whether you’re sick or not.
Fortunately, however, we’re slowly beginning to learn more about the virus and how it interacts with its surroundings and the human body. For instance, we now know that the virus can travel in the air, and even that it’s more easily transmitted in indoor spaces than in outdoor spaces. Surely there is more information about these topics, but at Buckhorn Heating And Air Conditioning, those two things we mentioned weighed with us pretty heavily.
Partially because it’s scary to hear, but mostly because we know this is an area where we can be of assistance to our customers and community members. Naturally, some immediate takeaways and recommendations are that when you leave your home, spend as little time in indoor public spaces as possible, wear a mask when you do, and if you’re meeting with people outside of your home, do it in a outdoor space where you can maintain a safe distance not only safely, but also comfortably.
While the virus can survive in the open for some time, it must enter your respiratory system. Thus the less time you spend around other people in enclosed spaces, the better off you’ll be. This is because inside, air operates differently than it does outside. For one, the air gets contained and circulated inside, where outside air moves freely. Where a sneeze inside will then be circulated through the HVAC system, a sneeze outdoors will dissipate into the air around it.
Hence, why you should minimize your time spent in public places. Then, when you pair that with PPE, you’re setting yourself up to be as protected against spreading or receiving the virus as possible. And, of course, thoroughly washing your hands when you get home/before touching your face is also important!
Finally, for both businesses and civilians, you can take the extra step to protect yourself and those who visit your business/home by ensuring that the indoor air that you breathe has a high quality. A well-maintained HVAC system filters your air, which is important all of the time, but especially at a time like this!
And fortunately, indoor air quality services are a natural aspect of any HVAC business. This means that we’re here to help keep your HVAC system operating at its best while providing the best air available for you to breathe!
Holistically, there is a lot to the indoor air quality services we provide, so we recommend checking out our full description of what we can do for you. Instead of reprising information about what these services entail, we figured we’d share what you can do to keep your air quality high.
Mainly, keep your air filters clean and regularly replace them. This is the biggest thing you can do on your own. Truthfully, an effective air filter does most of the grunt work when it comes to maintaining air quality! That said, the other important thing to do is simply monitor your HVAC system. Ask yourself:
- Is my HVAC system working ineffectively?
- Does my HVAC system have a weird smell?
- Is my HVAC system making a weird noise?
- When was the last time I had my HVAC system inspected?
If you answered “yes” to those diagnostic questions or if you know that you haven’t had your HVAC system inspected recently, we recommend contacting our experts. This way, we can provide a thorough inspection to assess the quality of your indoor air and then provide solutions to make it better.