The “Safer at Home Emergency Order” in Los Angeles has changed the perceptions of indoor air quality (IAQ) for many people. Many people are aware of the dangers of airborne contaminants, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought this issue into sharper focus. We all want to breathe in air that’s free from microbes and viruses, but is that possible in our own homes? In this article, we will look at this issue in more detail and explore a solution that could significantly improve the air quality in your home.
Understanding COVID-19 is Problematic
One of the most infuriating aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it’s difficult to get solid information. This is understandable in many ways; the situation is evolving, and what was good information one day is not relevant later. But, as the weeks and months have rolled by, we have learned that COVID-19 is transferred by person to person contact, and it can be airborne.
In public places, we have seen “social distancing” adopted as the new normal to reduce the transfer via contact risks. So, acting in a responsible manner can significantly reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, but what about the airborne contamination risks? After all, we all need to breathe in on a regular basis, and airborne contaminants in our own homes can place us at risk. This is where an air purifier system in your own home can help to reduce the risk of exposure and improve the air quality in your home.
COVID-19 belongs to a wider family of viruses that are referred to as coronaviruses. The SARS epidemic back in 2013 was another type of coronavirus, and it measured in at 0.1 microns. According to experts, COVID-19 is slightly larger at 0.125 microns in size. This is important because if we understand the relative sizes of viruses and microbes, we can use technology to filter out those airborne contaminants. But, air filtration alone will not solve this problem; air filters with higher MERV ratings that filter out smaller contaminants require very large HVAC systems to force the air through the filter. These types of systems are typically found in research labs or medical facilities with “clean rooms” for sensitive work. A larger HVAC system is not suitable for domestic use, and the energy bills alone would cripple the finances of an average family.
Air Purification at Home
There are many air purification systems available on the market to deal with a wide variety of IAQ issues. If you have problems with contaminants such as mold, pollen, agricultural or industrial pollution, these air purifiers can help. Many allergy sufferers notice a marked decrease in their susceptibility to external air quality issues when an air purifier is installed in their homes. But, this technology is not suited to dealing with COVID-19 and other types of airborne pathogens. For this reason, we recommend installing an air cleaning system that uses ActivePure® Technology.
Understanding ActivePure® Technology
ActivePure® Technology is a proprietary air cleaning method designed by activTek. This clever design can clean and protect indoor air and surfaces on a 24/7 basis. This is currently the most powerful air and surface purification technology on the market. Even the Space Foundation has recognized this technology as being Certified Space Technology. But, here on the ground, in our homes, we can use ActivePure® Technology to create a cleaner and healthier indoor living space. Our environment will be safer from a wide variety of airborne contaminants, including COVID-19.
How Does ActivePure® Technology Work?
Other types of air purification systems are designed to deal with allergens, mold, air pollutants, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These air quality issues can create a great deal of misery for allergy sufferers and those with pre-existing respiratory illnesses. In fact, many homes have poor quality air when compared to external polluted air. For this reason, we have seen a rise in conditions such as asthma and other allergies. But, ActivePure® Technology goes beyond the elimination of dust or stale odors, and it actually targets the harmful contaminants instead. These airborne contaminants can enter your home, they live in the air, and many (including COVID-19) can survive on your surfaces for extended periods of time.
ActivePure® Technology is very different; it uses a series of light waves and catalytic processes to clean the indoor air. This system produces ions that literally scrub the pollutants and particulates out of the air. This process is conducted on a continuous basis as long as the system is running in your home or office. The air and surfaces are cleaned throughout the day, making your home cleaner and safer. ActivePure® Technology has been proven effective in a large number of studies, and the system is accessible. A product such as the “Air Scrubber” by Aerus can be installed by your local professional HVAC company directly into your existing HVAC ductwork.
An ActivePure® Technology system can remove or destroy up to 99% of all airborne and surface contaminants in your home. This is significant, but the Air Scrubber system can still deal with the other issues that a traditional air purifier can. After the installation, you may notice that the air smells fresher, there are no stale odors, and the family is protected against allergens and other pollutants that can affect their quality of life. The Air Scrubber is available as an ozone, or ozone-free unit, and this product can cover an area up to 3,000 sq. ft. in size.
Can You Trust activTek?
Yes, activTeck is an American technology company with a 95 year track record of creating innovative technologies. The company has been recognized by the Smithsonian, and millions of families use products that include activTek technology every day. Studies conducted at Kansas State University by Dr. James Marsden found that ActivePure® Technology could substantially reduce the populations of microbes on surfaces. But, the results of this study have not been reviewed by the EPA, FDA, or any other governmental body at the time of writing this article.
If you’re worried about COVID-19 and other contamination hazards that could affect your family and home, contact your local professional HVAC company today. They can install an Aerus Air Scrubber to your existing HVAC ductwork to clean your air and indoor surfaces of 99% of contaminants.