The news of the global pandemic has been making waves around the globe. The dreaded COVID-19 virus has already infected nearly 10 million people in the entire world and it doesn’t show any intention of slowing down.
With the infection rates so high in a lot of countries, scientists are still debating how the virus is transmitted. While some claim it is not airborne, others say that droplets containing the virus can linger in the air for at least three hours. And while contracting the virus from the surfaces is questionable, experts agree that person to person is the most viable way of contagion.
One question that seems to confuse everyone is “can the air conditioner spread Coronavirus.” Since the question often gets asked, we decided to turn to the HVAC experts near me to see their stand on the issue.
Sadly, this question does not have a plain yes or no answer. The virus is still new and research is being conducted as to how the virus gets transmitted from person to person. However, there are some guaranteed factors we need to take into consideration when debating this question.
Different air conditioners filter particles very differently. Air conditioners on large cruise ships for example can only filter particles bigger than 5000 nanometers. Respiratory virus particles such as COVID-19 are approximately 120 nm in size. This is why air conditioning on a cruise ship may potentially distribute the particles across all cabins as it doesn’t filter these particles out. The same goes for some air conditioners in hospitals, where traces of the virus have been discovered. However, there are still a lot of questions to answer. Looking into HEPA filters which may be able to prevent the spread of viruses might be a good idea.
One of the main points made in relation to the virus spreading across cruise ships relates to the fact that the air used in cruise ship air conditioners is recycled. On the other hand, home air conditioners that get their air from the outside unit can actually help reduce the concentration of the virus in the home by improving the air circulation in your home.
Temperature Levels and Humidity
Last but not least, the spread of the virus relies on two important factors: temperature levels and humidity. Most other coronaviruses like SARS thrive in low humidity and low-temperature settings.
In a nutshell, there is no evidence pointing to the fact that home air conditioners can help the spread of the virus. However, there is still we don’t know about this virus, how it’s transmitted, and what conditions it can survive.
One thing that remains important is proper air conditioner maintenance. The filter in your air conditioner may be able to block the virus particles, but only if it is well maintained. A dirty filter may actually be a breeding ground for this and many other viruses.
Therefore, you can keep using your air conditioner especially during these hot summer days, but make sure it is well maintained in order to be able to protect you and your family from a potential contagion.