Are Indoor Air Purifiers Helpful in Fighting COVID-19?
Many people are working from home now or are simply spending more time at home due to COVID-19. As the weather gets colder, we will be spending even more time indoors.
COVID-19 particles can diffuse more easily with inadequate ventilation, and the question is, can air purifiers help fight the virus?
Consumer Reports (CR) experts have recently revealed what a residential air purifier really could do to your air.
Most residential air purifiers have HEPA filters, which are certified to 99.97% of particles within a 0.3-micron diameter.
Although they can’t completely kill off COVID-19, they can help when placed next to a person who has the virus. Please don’t buy one thinking it will cure you or completely prevent you from contracting the virus. It won’t.
When an air purifier is fast at exchanging air particles from the room into its filter, the chances of catching virus particles are higher. Still, the virus can land on surfaces in the room when they don’t get close enough.
CR did a particle reduction test and found that the best and fastest air purifier is the Blueair Classic 605, but you will have to be willing to spend $830 for it.
According to CR, the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) number on the packaging tells you how fast an air purifier cleans the air. Try to find one with a CADR number over 240.
For those who don’t want to spend money on an air purifier, opening your windows is an effective way to help clear out the air in your home.
If you decide to keep your windows shut, we recommend purchasing an air purifier for your bedroom or a high trafficked room.
Don’t forget to continue following CDC guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing.