Will an Air Purifier Help COVID-19 in My Home?
As health experts advise people to stay at home, HEPA air purifiers can play an important role in minimizing air transmission and promoting overall well-being2.
What Are HEPA Filters?
HEPA is a type of pleated mechanical air filter. It is an acronym for "high efficiency particulate air [filter]". This type of air filter can theoretically remove 99.97% of airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns. Air filters that remove small particles, such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, are effective in removing contaminants from the air. The most common household appliances to use HEPA filters are portable air purifiers; vacuum cleaners; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, such as your furnace. The FilterQueen Defender has filtration that is 3 times better than HEPA standards.
COVID-19 is not expelled on its own. It has to attach to something else to travel, such as mucus, a respiratory droplet or a piece of dust in the environment. A HEPA filter does not kill the COVID-19 virus, but the elements that can transport the virus attach to the filter so they cannot circulate in your living area3.
Appliances that use HEPA filters only work when they are on, so you may need to run continuously or for longer periods of time. Don't forget that filters need to be cleaned or replaced regularly to work effectively, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Use an Air Purifier
When used properly, air purifiers can reduce contaminants in your air. However, they are designed to filter the air in a single room and not provide whole-house coverage. Place the air cleaner in the room that you spend the most time in.
Increasing the ventilation and filtration of your home, which can improve the quality of the air, is another layer of protection against COVID-19. You should combine these strategies with other recommendations, such as physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, surface disinfection, and masks to protect yourself and your family.
"When used properly, air purifiers can help reduce airborne contaminants including viruses in a home or confined space1." Read more now from the EPA.