Because of the threat of covid 19, I’ve become more focused on indoor air quality.
I’m continually on the lookout for better ways to keep my family healthy.
Since we spend the majority of our time at home, I’ve concentrated my efforts on the hygiene of our living space. I know that regular vacuuming, dusting and scrubbing surfaces with disinfectant isn’t enough. Every time someone sneezes, coughs or even exhales, tiny drops of water are released into the air. These droplets contain particles that include viruses. When the moisture evaporates, the particles can remain suspended in the air for a surprisingly long time. They range in diameter from 1 to 5 microns and increase the risk of catching infectious disease. When the air conditioner or furnace starts up and circulates the indoor air, these particles are kept airborne and distributed to every room in the house. I did some research into effective ways to capture these particles and decided to upgrade to a MERV 13 air filter. This type of filter is especially effective at capturing very small contaminants. Along with trapping viruses, the filter minimizes the chance of airborne dust, dander, bacteria, pollen and more. It works to optimize the health of our breathing air and also protects the operation of the heating and cooling system. The filter prevents pollutants from getting inside and accumulating within the air conditioner and furnace. There’s less need for maintenance and less chance of system malfunction. MERV 13 filters aren’t overly expensive and since making this upgrade, I’ve noticed that my house stays much cleaner.