By now, many of us know that the coronavirus spreads through the air. It specifically spreads through droplets released when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks within a few meters of you or within an enclosed space. These droplets are detectable in the air between 3 and 9 hours depending on the reporting body. Since we already know that hospitals are using isolation centres to isolate patients and prevent the spread of this disease, are there any lessons we can learn from hospitals to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our homes?

The Design of Your Ventilation System Is Critical

If you look at the way hospital ventilation systems are designed, you will see that they are designed purposely to prevent the spread of airborne diseases. These strategies can be copied but we need to first of all understand how home ventilation systems are designed.

These systems usually use a mix of fresh outdoor air and recycled air. The incoming air is usually filtered before being heated or cooled and then released into a house. Most ventilation systems have a minimum amount of air that can enter a house but that does not mean that we cannot tweak this design to circulate more air. By doing this, it is critical that we examine if the ventilation systems we have can add more outdoor air, reduce the amount of circulated air, and offer more filtration.

Recycling Air Is Not a Good Idea

While recycled air is always filtered before it comes back in, it can become degraded as it is continually recycled leading to poor air quality. Poor air quality is not good for the lungs but the good news is that most companies that install home ventilation systems do everything they can to ensure the air in your home is of good quality. If you have an older ventilation system, you cannot guarantee this. Talk to companies like BPC Ventilation to have them check your ventilation system to let you know if it is working correctly and if you need to replace it.

Follow Best Practices

If the house you live in was built with proper airflow in mind, that might not remain the case as the house gets older. Best practices dictate that you have your house checked by qualified professionals regularly to ensure you have correct airflow in your home. These professionals will check if all the rooms in the house are getting the right amount of airflow in different spaces in the house. If they are not, they can help you make adjustments to rectify things.

Increase Air Circulation and Outdoor Air

Depending on how your ventilation system is designed, technicians can adjust it so that you get the right amount of outdoor air coming into the house. Because of the way the coronavirus spreads, it is likely that moving more outdoor air into a house can be beneficial in reducing the chances of getting an infection.

If you are worried about what moving so much air through the house will do to your electricity bill, you can look into green energy options to help offset the increase in power bills.

Since the coronavirus lingers in the air for several hours, it follows that circulating more outdoor air on the house can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as well as the chances of contracting the infection it causes.

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