For the first time in nearly 50 years, the United States is recovering from the dire consequences of a global pandemic. As COVID-19 appears to be winding down throughout the country, it has elevated the topic of indoor air health from a topic was rarely thought of to the top of everyone’s mind. Even though we have had prior pandemics this one was different for us as a country! For the first time ever, for many of us, almost ninety percent of our day was spent indoors.
Weighing the Risks of Going Out
Americans weigh the risks of eating in restaurants, drinking in bars, going back to work, and sending children back to school. States have been forced to try to walk the tightrope of balancing those freedoms and mandating public health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and cleaning.
Florida Governor DeSantis and both Presidents Trump and President Biden detailed what to expect about any concerns coming up. All of the pertinent websites have urged the states, including Florida, to reopen safely. President Biden’s administration recently passed an emergency package to ensure schools have the additional resources they need to adapt effectively to COVID-19.
HVAC System Upgrades Needed
An HVAC system equipped with proper ventilation, humidity, and air filtration can potentially help reduce the transmission rate of airborne viruses. Although it is not going to eliminate COVID-19, it will allow businesses, their customers, schools, student’s parents, and public health directors to both reopen safely and adapt effectively – all requirements of our various leaders’ recovery packages.
For many schools, the current HVAC systems are antiquated and are in need of revamping. Equipping schools and businesses with proper HVAC systems is not inexpensive, but utilizing the power and magnitude of the federal government to help implement this type of overhaul is the best way to move toward a healthier future.
Reduce Airborne Diseases with HVAC System Updates
These updates will even help when dealing with seasonal illnesses like influenza or other respiratory illnesses like allergens and asthma. While airborne diseases may affect the body differently, they all transmit through the air. By controlling humidity, increasing ventilation, and purifying the air – indoor air gets cleaner. The effectiveness of these mechanical solutions increases amidst other protocols such as mask-wearing and social distancing.
Healthy Air Better for Everyone
The benefits of providing healthy Indoor Air Quality standards stretch beyond just physical health too. Multiple studies have shown that Healthy Air contributes positively toward increased creativity, attention, and productivity. A recent study found that people who worked in a place with a pollution source, such as carpet, were less productive than those who worked in a room without a pollution source. Interesting!
Lastly, “Healthy Air” should be available for everyone. Equipping schools and businesses with proper HVAC equipment will help to ensure that future generations are healthier and better protected from future airborne diseases. In addition, if every business and all of the schools were capable of providing healthy indoor air, then we could establish higher indoor air standards, per recommendations from leading Indoor Air Quality experts. This type of initiative is designed to help provide Healthy Air to everyone. It will allow more people to breathe a little easier amidst a global health crisis.