One of the big questions surrounding coronavirus is what role airborne transmission plays in its spread. According to the CDC, the virus is primarily passed either through direct contact with a person or through large droplet transfer – that is, through coughing and sneezing within a fairly close range of other people.
However, that doesn’t mean that your HVAC system can’t play a role in keeping you safe and healthy in your home. In fact, your heating and cooling equipment can have a significant impact on your overall health so that your immune system is up to whatever challenges might face it.
Here are some ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality to give your immune system an assist this spring:
Replace Air Filters – Air filters are your HVAC system’s first line of defense against most microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, pollen and other particulates in your indoor air. Check your furnace or A/C filter at least once a month – especially during cold, flu, and allergy seasons – changing as needed.
Get regular maintenance – Ideally, your HVAC system should be serviced twice a year to ensure be sure it is operating safely and efficiently. A properly maintained heating or cooling system will remove most harmful contaminants from your indoor air.
Clean Air Ducts – Like your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump, your ventilation system also needs regular maintenance. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), air ducts should be professionally cleaned every three to five years – more frequently if you have pets.
Fix problems immediately – A properly functioning air conditioner or furnace is essential to the health and safety of your family – especially if you have people with chronic conditions living in your home. If there’s a problem with your heating or cooling system, take care of it quickly by calling a qualified HVAC contractor for emergency cooling and heating repairs in central MA.
At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, your safety and comfort are always our priority. Please see our Covid-19 Service Update Page to learn more about how we are working to keep our crews and your home comfort systems working through this challenging time. If you need emergency repairs to your HVAC equipment, or heating oil delivery in Middlesex or Norfolk County, MA, contact us today.