Here’s how improving air quality at your site can lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
With widespread COVID-19 outbreaks at schools and offices sending thousands into quarantine, increased infection rates despite vaccine roll-outs, and new variants such as Omicron sowing chaos across the globe, air that’s safe to breathe has gone from a niche concern to a mainstream issue. Although research into the virus is still ongoing, there’s a clear link between people gathering in indoor spaces and COVID-19 transmission.
Better indoor air quality has become mission critical for site managers, but many don’t know the best practices for maintaining clean, pathogen-free air in their spaces. Read on to learn more about indoor air quality and COVID-19, and how you can ensure that the air in your building, school, office, or hospital is safe for everyone.
Why healthy indoor air matters?
Beyond the risk of COVID-19, bad air in an indoor space can have a serious negative effect on both physical and mental health. The EPA links poor indoor air quality to ailments including:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Irritated nose, eyes, and throat
- Exacerbation of asthma and allergy symptoms
- Respiratory diseases
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancers
Indoor air and Coronavirus – what’s the connection?
The virus which causes COVID-19 has been found to spread more easily indoors, which isn’t great news when considering that the majority of us spend 90% our time inside. Fortunately, research has found that boosting air quality indoors has a major impact on reducing airborne transmission of viruses, including COVID-19 and the flu.
A simple step towards enhancing indoor air quality is making sure that a space has sufficient ventilation. That could mean regularly cracking open windows and doors, despite the temptation to keep them shut tight during the winter, allowing fresh outdoor air to enter a space and contaminated air to flow out.
You also may want to consider using air purifiers to remove indoor air pollutants at your site. However, it’s important that you research the right type of air purification system for your space, as their efficacy levels depend on the type of technology they use.
What are the best indoor air quality solutions?
Indoor air purification technology is diverse, ranging from simple filter systems that trap large airborne pollutants to advanced systems that use hydrogen peroxide to neutralize pathogens.
These systems are definitely not created equal and while they all have the same goal – improving indoor air quality – their efficacy can vary wildly from product to product.
- Whole home air purifiers are installed directly into a space’s HVAC system. They function as a central solution which provides clean air to an entire home.
- Portable air purifiers are movable units which typically work as both a fan and filter, and only clean the air in the one room where they are placed.
- Mechanical air purifiers force air through a filter to trap contaminants. Simple air filters have relatively large holes that can remove large contaminants from the air. More advanced mechanical purifiers utilize HEPA filters, which have superior efficacy at trapping tiny particles like smoke, dust, and pet dander.
- Electronic air purifiers utilize filters which emit an electrostatic charge that attracts airborne particles. The contaminants stick to plates within the device. This air cleaner may require regular internal wipe-downs.
Hydrogen peroxide air purifiers – elevating clean air
TADIRAN AIROW purifier uses proprietary technology that creates hydrogen peroxide from water molecules already present in the air to eradicate biological pathogens and other airborne pollutants in indoor spaces.
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe compound that’s found in everyday objects like antiseptics and toothpaste. It’s totally safe to breathe in small amounts, and its presence packs a powerful punch.
Unlike other air filters which trap contaminants, hydrogen peroxide purifiers destroy the components within a pathogen, completely neutralizing them. There’s a reason the CDC lists hydrogen peroxide as a trusted disinfectant that’s a powerful germ, fungus, and virus killer.
In a third-party lab test conducted by Innovative Bioanalysis, Inc, TADIRAN AIROW was proven to reduce the COVID-19 virus by a staggering 99.998% in indoor spaces. The test was conducted in a 35.3-cubic-foot indoor cubicle, and within 90 minutes of activating the device, detectable levels of the aerosolized virus were practically non-existent. That means that site managers and employees can breathe easier, knowing that coupled with best practices like social distancing and mask wearing, the chances of COVID-19 infections in their offices are drastically reduced by TADIRAN AIROW’s unique hydrogen peroxide technology.
Previous testing has found that the device slashes levels of molds, bacterias, and viruses by up to 99.98% in indoor spaces. The solution is able to neutralize the presence of biological pathogens by emitting up to 15ppb of hydrogen peroxide – which is less than 50 times the amount that’s recommended by OSHA.
A hassle-free, plug-and-play system that easily fits into your existing HVAC system, TADIRAN AIROW doesn’t require maintenance or part replacement. If you’re interested in learning more about biological pathogen-blasting hydrogen peroxide air purifiers and choosing the right solution for your site, get in touch with us. We’d love to guide you in your search.