COVID: Improving Ventilation in Your Home Saves you from COVID

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The FINANCIAL — According to The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, frequent ventilation at home may decrease chances of catching covid. When choosing a HEPA cleaner, select one that is the right size for the room(s). One way to do this is to select a HEPA fan system with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) that meets or exceeds the square footage of the room in which it will be used. The larger the CADR, the faster it will clean the air. See EPA’s Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home pdf iconexternal iconfor more information.

Exhaust fans above your stovetop and in your bathroom that vent outdoors can help move air outside. Although some stove exhaust fans don’t send the air to the outside, they can still improve air flow and keep virus particles from being concentrated in one place.

Keep the exhaust fan turned on over your stovetop and in your bathroom if you have visitors in your home.
Keep the exhaust fans turned on for an hour after your visitors leave to help remove virus particles that might be in the air.
Use fans to improve air flow.

Place a fan as close as possible to an open window blowing outside. This helps get rid of virus particles in your home by blowing air outside. Even without an open window, fans can improve air flow.
Point fans away from people. Pointing fans toward people can possibly cause contaminated air to flow directly at them.
Use ceiling fans to help improve air flow in the home whether or not windows are open.
Limit the number of visitors in your home and the time spent inside.

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The more people inside your home, and the longer they stay, the more virus particles can accumulate.

Limit the number of visitors in your home.
Try to gather in larger rooms or areas where you can stay at least 6 feet apart.
Be sure that everyone wears a mask while visitors are in your home. This includes the visitors as well as the people who usually live in your home.
Keep visits as short as possible.

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