Air Filter

Dispelling Air Filter Myths

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, people in our community have been doing their best to stay informed. Scammers are taking advantage of this human desire to seek clarity and trying to steal money through falsely advertised products. We’ve noticed supposed miracle cures being peddled online for example. The Federal Trade Commission has already sent out warnings regarding teas, essential oils, and silver being advertised as cures for COVID-19. Be careful during this time of these types of products and their “too good to be true” claims.

As experts in the HVAC field for nearly 40 years, we took a special interest in the claims surrounding air filters. Surely, if there were air filtration systems that could guarantee the coronavirus is taken out of the air in your home, then we would want to install it throughout our community. Unfortunately, we’ve looked into it and we know our stuff. Any air filter that offers any guarantee of safety is falsely advertising.

What Do Air Filters Actually Do?

Air filters clean your air. Fairly straightforward, right? It’s really important. Living in an unclean or polluted environment is harmful to our health. You may not realize it, but studies estimate that 90% of people regularly breathe polluted air causing 7 million people to die prematurely due to pollution every single year. That’s a stark statistic that highlights just how vital it is to clean our air and live pollution-free as much as possible.

Air filters help us achieve these goals in our home. If dirty air harms our health, it’s pretty easy to see why clean air can improve it. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaner air can help your respiratory system recover. While fresh air is by no means a prescription, it can help ensure you don’t have other factors fighting against you if your body is combatting any respiratory illness.

How Do Air Filters Work?

There are two main types of air filters on the market today, UV and HEPA. UV uses ultraviolet light, hence the name, to essentially disinfect the air. This new technology has been used in hospitals as an alternative to traditional disinfectants. As an in-home air purifier, these systems can do damage to harmful viruses and bacteria as well as harmful gasses. However, this is no guarantee that coronavirus can’t enter your home. While the virus can linger in the air for a few hours, the biggest vector of spread is by contact with a contagious individual or through surfaces.

HEPA is the other type of filter and this uses a process similar to many filters you might use on a day to day basis. Imagine a coffee filter, but made out of fiberglass and much thicker. This is a HEPA filter and it can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns depending on the MERV rating. This is small enough to catch dust and pollen with some of the most discerning filters able to filter out smoke and bacteria. This leaves your air clean, fresh and healthy to breathe.

We’ll leave you with this important piece of advice. Listen to the authorities. The Center for Disease Control are recommending everything from social distancing to proper hand washing techniques. Stay up to date with these sources!

Additionally, we don’t want to see anyone in our community taken advantage of financially. Be careful of scams. Approach things with a skeptical attitude. The misinformation that is out there isn’t about a false sports trade or celebrity gossip. The misinformation is regarding the health and safety of your family.

If you’re interested in an air filtration system, fill out a form online or call Harkins at (225) 217-2241. Our technicians are trained in cleanliness and take the utmost care and caution when helping your home.