Whether for the home or traditional office, adding an air purifier to the mix of a coronavirus prevention protocol makes a lot of sense.
The COVID-19 virus is primarily spread through respiratory droplets expelled through the air when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, talks and even just breathes. But it can also spread through smaller airborne particles that can float in the air for as long as hours.
A relatively inexpensive portable air purifier can help to reduce all manner of airborne viruses (and other germs), adding an extra layer of protection to the work space.
So, how do they work? In brief, an air purifier filters out airborne contaminants and cleans indoor air. It’s a basic filter and fan construction – the purifier pulls air in, which is passed through the filter where the airborne particles are removed and then the resulting clean air is introduced into the room. So, essentially, out with the bad, in with the good. We know the coronavirus is top of mind these days, but it’s important to note that air purifiers also remove ragweed, dust mites, mold spores, smoke, and pet dander.
Air purifiers with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters provide the best option for protection since their capability to capture and eliminate particles is high. So, if you’re considering an air purifier, one with a HEPA filter is a good bet. Also, take into consideration the size of the room and check out the purifier’s “clean air delivery rate” or CADR. It will tell how large a room the purifier can clean at the highest setting.
Granted, there are a lot of air purifiers on the market – some with extra features beyond basic filtration, so a little research might be in order before purchasing to be sure the device you settle on has the features most important to you.
A final few words – running an air purifier will not totally eliminate the possibility of your contracting COVID-19, especially if you’re sharing a workspace with others. Face masks, social distancing and hand washing remain necessary when practicing good hygiene.
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