As coronavirus continues to remain at the forefront of everyone’s mind, many have begun to wonder just how this airborne virus can spread. Is simply standing six feet away enough to stop the spread? New research has shown that it may not be, and it may all be because of your HVAC unit. New research is showing that air conditioning units may increase the spread of virus particles in small spaces.
Is Your Air Conditioning Unit Contributing to the Spread?
A recent study published in the journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases suggests that air conditioning units may be contributing to the spread of coronavirus. The study, which was shared by the CDC, found that nine people were infected with the novel coronavirus because they were simply sitting near an air conditioning vent in a restaurant. The air conditioning unit carried infected droplets, circulating them throughout the air.
Is My Home Safe?
Your home’s safety depends on who you are allowing inside. If you are continuing to social distance and only interacting with those in your immediate circle, you won’t have anyone in your home who could cause infected droplets to be circulated. If you are frequently inviting over guests or throwing parties, you increase the chance of coronavirus being spread throughout your home by your HVAC system.
In order to keep those working in commercial buildings safe, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has put together a guide to help address any concerns. ASHRAE does suggest making changes to building operations in order to reduce airborne exposure but emphasizes that simply shutting off your HVAC unit is not a recommended measure. You can read ASHRAE’s suggestions here.
During these unprecedented times, it’s important that we put the health and safety of those around us first. If you have any questions or concerns about the impact the novel coronavirus may have on your HVAC unit, whether commercial or residential, give All Temp a call. With over 20 years of experience in AC Kissimmee services, we are more than happy to help you navigate this difficult time.