SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating humidity, and improving air purification in a home and/or business can all play a role in helping to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

"HVAC systems can have a positive and/or negative impact on air quality and while there is no 100-percent guarantee, there are ways to reduce the risk," said Iarrapino.

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He added that reducing the amount of stale air buildup in a home or business does not only reduce the risk of exposure, but can also boost an individual's immune system overall. 

"Poor ventilation, which requires both the removal of stale air and introduction of fresh, outdoor air in the right direction for keeping your exposure and reducing your risk of infection," he said.  Proper ventilation, which requires both the removal of stale air and introduction of fresh outdoor air is a step in the right direction for keeping your exposure down and reducing your risk of infection."

Tighter humidity control can also help reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to Iarrapino, drier air allows smaller aerosols containing the virus to remain suspended longer, exacerbating the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19 while lower humidity also dries out mucus membranes, making one's body more welcoming to the virus as this defense mechanism is rendered impotent. 

"Adding humidity to your home, ideally via a whole house system with proper control, will reduce your risk due to poor humidity," said Iarrapino. 

In terms of air purification, Iarrapino recommends upgrading to a HEPA filer, which can remove particles like viruses from the air.

"Individual room purifiers can help further reduce the virus count in specific areas like bedrooms," he said, noting that prior to replacing a furnace filter, one should have a professional review the fan to ensure that it can still perform as required since HEPA filters slow airflow.  "Researchers have found that the quality of the virus you are exposed to has an impact on how sick you get. While there is no 100-percent guarantee that these suggestions will prevent one from contacting COVID-19, they can all help to minimize the risk."

Edison Heating and Cooling, located at 191 Vineyard Road in Edison, is a full-service residential, commercial and industrial HVAC company providing installations, repair and maintenance, heating and cooling systems, generators, oil to gas conversion, air cleaners, humidifiers/dehumidifiers, boilers, water heaters, zoning systems and chimney liners. The company, founded in 1987,   services Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset and Union counties and offers 24-hour emergency service seven days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.edisonhvac.com or call 732-372-7161.