Better ventilation can help reduce the spread of COVID

Helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 through proper ventilation.

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This past year, limiting the spread of COVID-19 has been a priority for most people. We are doing everything we can in order to limit the spread of the disease so that we can return to our normal lives. We wear masks and use hand sanitizers, but did you know that your HVAC system, with the help of HRV, may be able to play its part as well?

What is an HRV?

HRV stands for Heat Recovery Ventilation and is sometimes called air-to-air heat exchange. The HRV system works by removing the stale air from inside your home and replacing it with fresh air from outside. The cool thing about an HRV is that when the heated stale air is pulled from your home, it’s used to heat the incoming fresh air, without cross-contamination. Your air quality will be greatly improved in an energy efficient and cost-effective way.

An HRV is a great choice for anyone looking for an eco-friendly way to increase the air quality in their home. Whether you are looking to reduce allergens such as pet dander, or simply feel better when you breath fresh air, an HRV system might be exactly what you need for your home.

COVID-19 and the impact on air quality.

COVID-19 is spread through airborne droplets that are put into the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, and talks. Confined, enclosed spaces with poor ventilation can increase the risk of spreading the disease, especially crowded spaces or homes with multiple inhabitants.

When the air in your home becomes stagnant, particles linger in the air for longer than they would otherwise. In a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, evidence suggests that droplets can remain in the air for nearly five minutes in an unventilated space. Think about how many droplets can accumulate in that amount of time! However, in places that are fully ventilated, the amount of time it takes for particles to fall from the air is drastically reduced, to about thirty seconds. Overall, The Lancet states, “advice on spending time indoors should also focus on improved ventilation and avoiding crowded spaces.”

Can an HRV system help limit the spread of COVID-19?

Since the main way to help reduce COVID-19 transmission indoors is proper ventilation, an HRV system is the perfect appliance for that task. When installed and calibrated properly, a heat recovery ventilation system can fully replace the air in your home in about three hours. It does this by constantly replacing stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. So, when it comes to home ventilation, an HRV system is one of the best performing appliances available.

According to the World Health Organization, a properly maintained HVAC system can be helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19. In order for it to be most effective, your duct and furnace system must be well maintained and properly cleaned. Recirculation style heating methods are unlikely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is why the HRV system is perfect as it uses a flow of fresh air as opposed to recirculation.

Public Health Ontario encourages people to increase the amount of fresh, outdoor air in their homes. While in the summer, it is entirely possible to achieve this effect by simply opening a window, the winter, with its low temperatures, poses more of a problem. The HRV system will not only give you that fresh outdoor air, but it will also heat it for you. You’ll get all of the freshness and none of the chill. Some HRV systems also have a ‘heatless’ setting and can be run in any season, for great home air quality.

Additional info on heat recovery ventilation systems.

When it comes to an HRV system, it is extremely important to have it installed and calibrated properly. Because the system both removes and adds air, an improperly calibrated system can negatively affect the pressure balance in your home. Pro Duct Solutions has the necessary experience to expertly install a new heat recovery ventilation system and calibrate it to your home’s specific needs.

An HRV system can save you money on your energy bills! Due to being a highly energy efficient way to improve the air quality in your home, you’ll be getting more for less. The HRV system is one of the most eco-friendly air quality appliances available to homeowners. So not only does the HRV system allow you to breathe better, it also helps you breathe easier.

It’s important to schedule regular HRV maintenance to make sure that the system is working to the best of its ability. Since the goal is the highest quality air possible, filters need to be cleaned and air-flow should be checked on a regular basis. The good news is that you can do some of the maintenance and cleaning yourself. The technician from Pro Duct Solutions will be able to give you all the information on what kind of upkeep your new system will need. Though it will always be a good idea to schedule regular maintenance with a trained technician on top of the maintenance you do yourself.

Safety first installations.

Pro Duct Solutions takes the safety of your home and family seriously. We understand that it takes a lot of trust right now to allow technicians into your home. Pro Duct Solutions will install your new HRV system with strict adherence to public health guidelines. You won’t have to worry about safety and when we’re done, the improved air quality in your home will add some additional peace of mind.  

If you have any questions about an HRV system or our COVID-19 safety guidelines, please give us a call! We would be more than happy to help you out with any information you need.

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