Keep Your Home Healthy with HEPA

Tips on keeping your home’s indoor air as healthy as it can be

Though it feels as if we are close to defeating COVID-19, until we reach herd immunity in our country, there is a risk. Tracing programs show that up to 70 percent of cases are spread between family members and close friends in what is now known as “living room spread.” Therefore, it is still important to make your home as healthy as possible.

Thankfully, there are measures you can take. Anthony Fauci, MD, has recently recommended high-efficiency particulate air systems—also known as HEPA filters—to remove COVID particles from the air in your home.

Because Coronavirus particles linger in the air, HEPA filters are particularly effective, since according to U.S. standards, they must effectively capture 99.97 percent of particles. HEPA filters can capture particles the size of COVID aerosols, according to Wirecutter. “The virus that causes COVID-19 is approximately 0.125 micron (125 nanometers) in diameter. It falls squarely within the particle-size range that HEPA filters capture with extraordinary efficiency: 0.01 micron (10 nanometers) and above,” the publication explains.

Benefits Of HEPA Air Purifier
HEPA is a form of technology which means High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and is often found in air purifiers. There are many air purifier brands on the market, but they are not all HEPA air purifiers, which provide the highest level of protection against viruses such as the one that causes COVID-19. Filter Shipping carries an excellent line of HEPA air purifiers for the home, such as Goodman and Lennox Healthy Climate. HEPA air purifiers work by passing air through the filter, capturing harmful components such as pollen, mold, mite, smoke particles, dust, dirt, and viruses. By removing the impurities from the air, the HEPA air purifier continuously circulates a fresh and breathable air all day long, keeping the air in your home not only clean, but healthy.

Until the threat of COVID has been eradicated, you owe it to your family to keep your home as healthy as possible. Whether you need a full HEPA air purifier system, or replacement HEPA filters, Filter Shipping has what you need. Go to www.filtershipping.com, or call us at 815-658-9300.

COVID or Allergies?

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you are all too familiar with the symptoms. Sneezing, coughing, congestion and a runny nose are just some of the unpleasant symptoms those who suffer from allergies experience every spring, fall, or both.

With a world-wide pandemic in place, suddenly allergy sufferers are facing the fear that those symptoms they are familiar with could also be symptoms of the debilitating and even deadly COVID-19.

How to tell the difference? Let’s break it down:

Allergy Symptoms*

  • Runny Nose, Stuffy Nose, Sneezing
  • Wheezing, Shortness of Breath
  • Cough
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea and Vomiting (food allergies)

COVID-19 Symptoms**

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

It’s pretty obvious that there is overlap in the symptoms of allergies and COVID-19. But how do you tell the difference?

The number one differentiating symptom is fever or chills. Despite its nickname “Hay Fever,” fever is NOT a symptom of allergies. If you have a fever and you suspect you might have been exposed to COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

If you are experiencing any of the overlapping symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath and headache, the picture is not so clear. Most allergy sufferers have their stand-by treatments they use to get through allergy seasons, so if those treatments do not provide relief, please seek medical advice. The COVID-19 virus is nothing to trifle with, so if you are an allergy sufferer, please educate yourself on how to stay healthy during the fall allergy season/COVID-19 pandemic. More information on both allergies and COVID-19 can be found here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-seasonal-allergies-faqs.html

To protect yourself from seasonal allergies, the CDC recommends limiting your exposure to outdoor air when possible. They also recommend creating a cleaner indoor air environment in your home. One recommendation is to use HEPA or MERV-13 or higher air filters. Not sure what you need for your home and HVAC system? FilterShipping can help with that. Give us a call at 815-568-9300, or check out our website, www.filtershipping.com. We want you and your family to be as healthy as possible until this pandemic recedes.

*Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, www.acaai.org/allergies/symptoms

**Source: Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html