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Can Indoor Air Quality Affect Susceptibility to Coronavirus?

Studies have shown that air pollution and poor air quality can increase susceptibility to developing more severe cases of COVID-19. This concern applies to indoor air quality too – in fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to the public’s health. This is why Earl’s Air Conditioning wants to ensure the safety of our Coachella Valley community more than ever.

Why Indoor Air Quality is So Important

  • The novel coronavirus infects respiratory systems

COVID-19—the infection caused by exposure to this coronavirus—specifically attacks the respiratory tract. Complications such as difficulty breathing due to inflammation of the lungs, pneumonia, and bronchitis can occur as a result. This can mean the difference between a mild or severe case of COVID-19. If you have already had these complications in the past, or have a history of asthma, your air quality is even more important. The better air quality you are breathing, the easier it is on your body to fight off respiratory tract infections and complications.

  • The concern is not necessarily airborne

Air quality has not yet been proven to prevent infection, as there isn’t enough known about this novel coronavirus’s airborne qualities. Rather, air quality can affect your body’s ability to fight the infection. Breathing cleaner air in your home, therefore, reduces the risk of severe complications. Just like eating healthy and taking vitamins can help boost your body’s immunity, maintaining your indoor air quality strengthens your ability to avoid respiratory issues.

  • Fresh AC servicing can help with clean filters and air ducts

Any air cleaner that removes particles from the air has potential to reduce exposure to coronavirus, whether it be by sneezing or surface transfer. That is why even if you have a working HVAC unit, servicing your home with fresh AC services such as air duct cleaning/scrubbing or overall maintenance can ensure you are breathing the cleanest air possible. Additional equipment such as air purifiers, humidifiers, and new filtration systems can make all the difference.

  • AC units keep allergens and irritants out of the air you breathe

That’s right: AC units actually help fight allergies! Because air conditioners constantly circulate the air, they naturally pull dust and allergens through and trap them in their filters, keeping them out of your lungs. This helps to keep indoor air clean and free of allergy-triggering contaminants. Even those without high-risk factors need to keep their lungs free and clear of allergens and irritants. This is especially relevant as we head into springtime and seasonal allergies run amok.

Particular Groups That Need the Best Quality Air in Their Homes

  • Infants and children
  • Adults 60+
  • Immune-compromised individuals
  • Those with a history of respiratory illnesses or complications, such as past instances of pneumonia, bronchitis, or asthma
  • Smokers
  • Pet owners

What You Can Do About Your Indoor Air Quality

Air quality services can help ventilate your home and rid your air of pollutants. Air duct scrubbing and cleaning alone can help remove harmful bacteria, dust particles, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and many other contaminants from your air ducts. By cycling the cleanest air from fresh air ducts and AC system filters, you can reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, headaches, and other respiratory conditions, including complications from COVID-19 infections. Being proactive and taking the necessary precautions can improve your family’s health and fight against coronavirus.

The good news? Earl’s Air Conditioning provides the Coachella Valley with the following beneficial services so you can breathe the highest indoor air quality possible:

Even as the weather warms in Southern California, we are spending much more time inside during stay-at-home-orders. As a result, AC maintenance and air quality servicing have never been more important. Earl’s Air Conditioning is here to serve our Coachella Valley community and help keep you and your family safe during these difficult times.

Call us today for all of your Coachella Valley AC maintenance and air quality servicing needs!

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