The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added a whole different perspective to the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). Here at Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc., it has reinforced the direct correlation between IAQ and the health of our customers. This is especially true for folks with respiratory issues such as allergies or asthma, who have long been aware of the health hazards inherent with airborne pollutants such as dust, pet dander, mold and bacterial germs. There are several ways that IAQ can be monitored and these pollutants can be eliminated, and the good news is that all of these methods can help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
AIR QUALITY SENSORS
Air quality sensors are devices that monitor (or sense) the presence of air pollution. They can be handheld or affixed to a wall. They can be used for both indoor and outdoor environments, but for our purposes, we will focus on the indoor application. Air quality sensors can be specialized in certain areas but are used indoors mainly to detect particulate matter and gases.
Gases can come in the form of byproducts of fuel burning such as carbon monoxide. They can also be detected in the form of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals released into the air via human body emissions or from products in the home, such as carpet and cleaning products.
Particulate matter detections by sensors are especially relevant to COVID-19. The virus is spread by particulate matter droplets that linger in the air and can be inhaled. Other particulate matters include hair and dust, etc.
COVID 19 & OXY 4 SENSOR
One particular air quality sensor that many HVAC and health experts say is unequalled in its ability to detect and help eliminate airborne COVID-19 particulates is the Respicaire OXY 4 air purifier. According to the website gsasrvices.com, “the OXY 4 is an Advanced Active Ionic Oxidation Air Purifier that uses UltraViolet light & catalytic reactions to create ionically charged airborne oxidizers. These highly effective oxidative air cleansers freely circulate throughout your home to help reduce and eliminate molds, viruses, bacteria, microbes, odors and chemical VOC’s (Volatile organic compounds). This means that airborne microbes, including unwanted odors and chemical gases, are unable to escape the oxidative cleansing action of the OXY 4.” Various studies have shown that the OXY 4 is extremely effective in cleansing the air of all particulate matter, including the COVID-19 virus droplets.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
In the time of this pandemic, we must be more vigilant than ever concerning indoor air quality (IAQ). If you suspect your indoor air quality needs attention or are interested in increasing your air purification efforts, call Masters today and talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists. We can help you find the IAQ solution – including OXY 4 – to keep you family safe from all threats, including COVID-19.