Having a ventilation and filtration strategy is a critical component for controlling transmission of viruses, including COVID-19. Why?
Because it is important to ensure that enough fresh air is supplied to dilute and remove airborne pathogens like allergens, dust and viruses like SARS-CoV-2. The rate of ventilation for an area is normally expressed in air changes per hour, i.e. the number of times per hour that the entire air volume of the area is changed. Enhanced ventilation increases air change rates and dilutes the air, which greatly lowers the risk of airborne transmission in indoor spaces.
COVID is Airborne–An Important Piece to the Puzzle
Bioaerosol scientists have been studying the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. Early on it was suspected that coronavirus travelled via aerosols, well beyond 6 feet in indoor settings. Scientists sampled air from hospitals and long care facilities. They also examined indoor super spreader events. Since then numerous studies have confirmed that the virus is transmitted simply by breathing and talking; and that it can linger in the air for minutes to hours. Because COVID is airborne, enhanced ventilation becomes critical to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
How Do We Achieve Enhanced Ventilation and Filtration?
Ventilation strategies recommended by aerosol scientists, epidemiologists, ASHRAE, CDC, et al. include:
- Installing portable HEPA Air Purifiers
- Using Germicidal UVC Lights in HVAC systems
- Using a higher rate MERV filter for HVAC systems
- Opening windows when possible and using fans
Schools and Businesses Will Benefit–So Much At Stake
Schools and business owners will benefit greatly from taking steps to mitigate airborne transmission of dangerous pathogens. Schools will remain open and so will businesses. Children will thrive and perform better in school. Teachers, students, families and employees will enjoy better health because the risk of illness from airborne pathogens, including coronavirus will be greatly reduced.
White Coat Indoor Air Quality Services
White Coat is an Indoor Air Quality Services provider. We are helping schools and businesses implement enhanced ventilation solutions with the following:
White Coat wall-mounted 6-stage UVC/HEPA Air Purifiers QUADRUPLE air change rates to 12 air changes per hour to remove dangerous pathogens before they are inhaled. For this reason, we suggest installing UVC/HEPA Air Purifiers in every classroom and office.
Our chemical free total solution also includes installing PCO Germicidal UVC 254 nm lights in the HVAC system. Dangerous pathogens will be killed before they have a chance to circulate through the HVAC system. UVC light kills 99% of dangerous pathogens. This will turn your air conditioning into an air purifier.
Contact us today to get started on implementing your Enhanced Ventilation solution. We offer solutions for every size building and budget. We offer Air Filtration Systems in Orlando, throughout Florida, and the US. To learn more, watch this video.