Can Air Filters Help Prevent Viruses from Entering My Home?

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’ll find yourself spending the vast majority of your time indoors, either at home or at work. It’s only natural to be concerned about the air quality in your home. Can air filters protect you from viruses? What can you do to protect the health of yourself and your family?

Viruses are very small, so not all air filters will catch them. However, there are some specialized air filters that can help improve the air quality in your home.

Common Types of Air Filter

Mechanical Filters

Mechanical filters are disposable filters, commonly made of fiberglass, that are used to remove dust, pollen, and other particles from the air. These filters prolong the lifespan of the HVAC system and may be of benefit to people with allergies, but are unlikely to remove viruses from the air.

HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters are designed to remove more than 99.9% of airborne particles. They’re not usually fitted as standard in home HVAC systems but are far superior to standard mechanical filters.

Electronic Filters

Electronic filters use electrically charged wires to attract and trap small particles. These systems are very efficient but must be cleaned regularly otherwise they stop working.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters rely on static electricity generated as the air moves through the filter. They can trap small particles and tend to last longer than disposable mechanical filters.

Efficient In-Home Air Purification

For maximum benefit, it’s better to use multiple air purification systems. As leading indoor air quality specialists in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of systems, including efficient HEPA filters, humidity controls, and whole-home air purifiers.

By combining the temperature and humidity benefits of a humidity control system the efficiency of HEPA filtration and the use of whole-home air purifier systems we can help you improve your home’s air quality, removing pet dander, pollen, and other allergens, filtering out air pollutants, including some viruses.

If you have an older air conditioning system, we recommend you have it fully cleaned and replace the filters. You may be amazed at how much difference fresh air makes to your home.