How Can You Stop The Spread Of Viruses In Your Home During A Pandemic?

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How To Make The AIr In Your Home Healthy To Breathe.

Is the thought of COVID-19 turning you into a germaphobe?  Do you spend your days disinfecting and cleaning?  Are you worried about bringing the virus home and spreading it to your loved ones? Are your kids participating in hybrid learning of virtual schooling and in school instruction? How will you keep potentially deadly viruses out of your home? We invite you to learn more about your home air quality, and how Indoor Quality Air (IQA) Filtration Systems can benefit you and your family.

Keep Your Family Safe With Healthy Indoor Air At Home!

Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors (EPA study), and those more susceptible to pollutants and viruses, such as the elderly or those with a weakened immune system, are likely to spend even more time at home. This is problematic because indoor air is 2 to 5 dirtier than outdoor air, and the levels of indoor air pollutants can exceed 100 times that of outdoor levels of the same pollutants. YIKES!

AirPlus Offers HVAC Products That Can Clean The Air You Breathe

Give yourself peace of mind by installing another layer of prevention and protection; with an indoor air quality circulation and filtration system that will clean and filter continuously.  We recommend investing in products that scrub pollutants, viruses, and bacteria from your indoor air, all day every day. 

Benefits of installing an Indoor Air Quality filtration system are:

-Eliminates airborne bacteria-sized particles and fungi – 98%

-Removes airborne virus-sized particles and ultra-fine particles — down to 0.3 microns in size. 89%

-Traps airborne pollen, mold, and spore-sized particles less than a micron in size (up to 120 times smaller than a human hair) – 99%

-Captures airborne particles the size of tobacco smoke and smog – 95%

-Removes pet dander and respirable dust, which can trigger asthma – 98%

-Prevents dust build up in your home.

Adding a humidifier is also important for maintaining proper indoor air quality. Dry air lowers your body’s immune response, cracks your home’s wood furnishings, and dries out your skin, eyes, and nose. During winter months, properly humidified air can reduce the transmission of viruses like the flu by up to 30%, in addition to reducing asthma flares, and helping you sleep better.

AirPlus Indoor Air Quality Products Help Stop Virus Spread & Virtually Eliminate Allergens & Pollutants In Your Home.

Is Your Home's Poor Air Quality Making You Sick?

The main cause of poor indoor air quality comes from sources that release pollutants into the air.  According to the EPA, these can include:

  • Fuel-burning combustion appliances
  • Tobacco products
  • Building materials and furnishings as diverse as:
    • Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
    • Newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet
    • Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
  • Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
  • Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
  • Excess moisture
  • Outdoor sources such as:
    • Radon
    • Pesticides
    • Outdoor air pollution
  • Dust, pet dander, and dead skin flakes
  • Pollen, mold spores and other airborne particles. 

The concentration of these pollutants is likely to be increased by high temperatures and humidity levels, which is why indoor air quality can be especially bad during Northern Virginia’s summers. Even when it cools down, fall allergens can pose another problem for indoor air quality. If you suffer from fall allergens—especially ragweed, the primary culprit of fall allergies in Virginia—you will want to have an adequate filtration system in your home to remove allergens from the air.

AirPlus Provides Quality ProductsTo Keep Your Home Air HealthyTo Keep Your Home Air Healthy

AirScrubber Plus

AirScrubber Plus Air Purifier by Activtek

Benefits of an AirScubber Plus

  • Improves Health and Well-Being
  • Improves Energy Efficiency and Lifespan of HVAC systems
  • Reduces Allergy and Asthma symptoms
  • Sleep Better and Feel Better
  • Air is Lighter and Fresher

Professionally Installed AirScrubber Plus Systems Starting at $1,249

Aprilaire Media Air Cleaner

Aprilaire Model 2410 Air Purifier

Indoor Air Pollution is Harming Your Health.

The air inside your home could be more harmful to your family than the air outside. In fact, filled with mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, and pollen, indoor air pollution was recently named by the EPA as one of the top five risks to public health.

Long-term, these pollutants can cause serious health issues including aggravated allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems and affect the comfort and enjoyment of our indoor spaces.

Professionally Installed Aprilaire Media Air Cleaner Starting at $750

Aprilaire Humidifier

Aprilaire 800 Whole House Steam Humidifier

Maintaining home humidity levels offers numerous benefits touching on areas related to health, comfort, and preservation of our homes and furnishings:


  • Reduce respiratory illnesses & symptoms associated with allergies & asthma.


  • Seasonal dryness can lead to discomfort & dry skin. Air humidity in the home can increase comfort.


  • Year-round optimal levels of humidity help protect your home furnishings, wood flooring & cabinetry.

Professionally Installed Aprilaire Whole-Home Humidifier Systems Starting at $750

Professionally Installed Aprilaire Whole-Home Steam Humidifier Systems Starting at $2,100 

Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Is Directly Linked To Your Health

Health effects from poor indoor air quality may be felt shortly after exposure to a pollutant, or  they may not be felt until years later. Poor indoor air quality can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and other symptoms. It can also lead to chronic conditions such as asthma. 

Sometimes you can prevent adverse reactions to indoor air pollutants simply by discovering the source of the pollutant and removing it, opening windows to flush out the air, or removing yourself from the source of your discomfort. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to discover the source of the problem or impossible to remove yourself from it. 

Aprilaire Humidifier

Kill Harmful Viruses and Bacteria In Your Home

Get healthy, fresh air circulating in your home today.

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Most whole house indoor air quality products need to be installed by a professional HVAC technician. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality and would like to talk over your options for improving it with an expert, give AirPlus a call at (571) 470-7235. We can inspect your home and find a solution that works best for you. 

Kill Viruses and Bacteria Indoors

Indoor air quality is especially important right now because viruses and bacteria, including the coronavirus, spread through the air. There is a reason why, during the pandemic, you are asked to wear your mask inside, but not necessarily while you are outside away from others. When indoors, viruses and other particles remain in the air around you. This means that your risk of contracting a virus increases dramatically when you are inside. 


Effective ventilation can keep bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants out of indoor air. Air flow and ventilation affect how diseases spread indoors, with more stagnant indoor air being more dangerous for spreading disease. Inadequate ventilation also increases moisture in the air, which can keep viruses and bacteria alive for longer. 

Good ventilation in your home can eliminate indoor air pollutants, viruses, and allergens. Adequate ventilation for your home should include both air from outside going into your home and air carrying pollutants from inside your home going outside. Since it is not always feasible to open windows during hot, cold, or especially humid parts of the year, much of this task falls on your home’s HVAC system. 


A good ventilation system inside your home or business will reduce indoor pollutants in your air and reduce your chances of spreading coronavirus and other airborne diseases. However, since HVAC systems tend to circulate the air inside your home, you will also need an adequate filtration system for your indoor air. Your HVAC system’s built-in filter does not filter out virus particles effectively, as they are too small for normal filters. So, if you are concerned about viruses and other small particles in your air, you will need a more thorough filtration system for your home’s air.

Virtual Learning Or Homeschooling?

Is your home indoor air quality keeping your kids healthy?


Visit the CDC Website for additional guidelines on keeping your home safe.

Humidity Improves Indoor Air Quality?

Humidity greatly influences indoor air quality. Too much humidity can make you feel sticky and hot, and worse, it can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew; encourage the growth of fungus, mold, and dust mites; and help viruses and bacteria thrive. You might think the solution is to decrease the humidity as much as possible, but too little humidity is just as bad. Air that is too dry can cause you to have dry skin, eyes, and nose, and can dry out the mucous membranes in your body, an important part of your immune system. 

Dry indoor air creates an ideal environment for the spread of viruses. When cold, dry air enters your home and is warmed, the relative humidity drops and makes it easier for airborne viral particles to travel. The hair-like organelles outside the cells in your body’s airways can’t expel viral particles as well in dry conditions. Dry air has also been shown to impair epithelial cell repair in the lungs after a virus infection, so if you do become sick, dry air will impede your recovery. Properly humidified air can reduce the transmission of viruses by up to 30%. 

For the best indoor air quality and the lowest risk of virus transmission, you will want to aim for a relative humidity of 40—60%. This means you will likely need a dehumidifier for your home during humid Northern Virginia summers and a humidifier for the dry, cold winters.

Humidifier - Aprilaire

AirPlus offers Aprilaire humidifiers, which are built into your home’s HVAC system so you can control the humidity throughout your entire home, a much more convenient and comprehensive solution than humidifiers for individual rooms.

Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

There are simple steps you can take as a homeowner to better circulate and filter air inside your own home. Air filtration systems are a powerful tool to trap and kill viruses as well as filter out other pollutants in your air. While you can never expect to increase indoor air quality to the level of outdoor air, having an effective filtration system in your home or business can drastically reduce the amount of pollutants in your air and reduce your chances of spreading virus particles throughout your home.

AirPlus offers professional assistance in inspecting your HVAC system and adding filters and other components to improve your indoor air quality. If you would like to arrange an inspection for your home, call AirPlus at (571) 470-7235.

AirPlus offers both ActivTek and Aprilaire products to improve the indoor air quality in your home. Recommended products include:

AirScrubber Plus

The way the AirScrubber Plus cleans indoor air is similar to the way air is cleaned naturally outdoors. The AirScrubber Plus is installed directly into your HVAC ducts. When air is pushed through the unit during your HVAC operation, it passes through a honeycomb structure and a germicidal UV light, which kills viruses, bacteria, and mold spores before they can pass through the ducts into your home. AirThe AirScrubber cleans the air better than a regular filter, because it removes small particles that pass through normal filters, such as viruses and bacteria. The technology is very effective—it is even used by NASA to clean the air in their space shuttles. An additional benefit of the AirScrubber Plus is that it can further protect your HVAC system from damage by reducing the amount of dust and other particles circulating in your home. If you are interested in purchasing an AirScrubber, call AirPlus at (571) 470-7235 for more information. 

Whole House Air Cleaner - Aprilaire

The whole house air cleaner is installed as part of your home’s HVAC system. It works by running the air inside your ducts through a state-of-the-art media filter before delivering clean air throughout your home. The whole house air cleaner can even work without heating or cooling with the aid of your HVAC system’s fan. The whole house air cleaner removes 98% of particles down to 1 micron. 

How and Air Scrubber Works

Get Healthy Air Circulating Today - Call AirPlus Now!

Most whole house indoor air quality products need to be installed by a professional HVAC technician. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality and would like to talk over your options for improving it with an expert, give AirPlus a call at (571) 470-7235. We can inspect your home and find a solution that works best for you. 

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