Improving air quality can be an effective countermeasure against epidemics

As recommended by the Italian National Institute of Health, the possibility of improving air quality by purifying it can be an effective countermeasure against epidemics.

18/04/2020  |  Fantini Cosmi Reading time

Purifying air indoors is a key issue, which is becoming crucial at this specific time in history, since it is absolutely essential to limit the chances of COVID-19 spreading by any available means.

The guidelines of the Italian National Institute of Health on air quality

Recently, the importance of ensuring adequate air quality in domestic and work environments has also been stressed in a report by the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), entitled “Indicazioni ad interim per la prevenzione e gestione degli ambienti indoor in relazione alla trasmissione dell’infezione da virus SARS-CoV-2. Versione del 23 marzo 2020” (Interim guidance for the prevention and management of indoor areas in relation to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Version of 23 March 2020).

This report points out something very important: although there is no evidence that COVID-19 can also be transmitted indirectly if released in the air, many viruses belonging to the same group can survive up to 9 days on surfaces.

This is why the Italian National Institute of Health recommends airing rooms frequently, especially those most used.

Improving air quality: is opening the windows enough?

But as we know, opening the windows is not always enough to change the air: in fact, sometimes there are areas indoors where the air is not changed at all. Therefore, simply opening the windows does not mean that we can be sure that we have changed the air optimally. Moreover, physical laws show that the amount of air that enters through an open window increases when the difference between the temperature inside the room and that of the air outside increases: consequently, more air enters the room in winter than in spring.

Considering all these reasons, the best thing to do is to use a fan and extraction system, which effectively allows air quality to be improved while preventing damp from forming and mould from appearing on the walls.

ECOCOMFORT is a quick and practical solution for installing a controlled mechanical fan system, since it allows the air in the rooms to be changed even without opening the windows, and does so in a constant, automatic and controlled way while recovering heat as well.

The unit operates according to the regenerative heat recovery principle, through a ceramic heat exchanger placed inside the device, which accumulates the heat released by the air flow entering or leaving the room and then returns it when the flow changes direction. This allows heat or fresh air to be recovered by up to 90%, ensuring savings in both winter and summer.

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