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Do air scrubbers help stop the spread of viruses?

Here’s what you need to know about installing an air purification system during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indoor air quality has been a priority for us at MT Building Services since we began in 2007. With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the world—including here in the greater region of Harrisburg, PA—it’s more important now than ever before. You may have seen restaurants and other businesses installing air filters for their small commercial buildings in order to make customers feel more comfortable dining in. Air purification systems can be impactful for the offices of dentists and orthodontists, doctors, hair salons, spas, insurance offices, boutiques, and any other business which predominantly serves customers indoors. 

Whether seeking an air purifier for your home or small commercial building, here’s some information on air scrubbers and air purification systems to help you in your decision to move forward with installation.

What is an air purifier or air scrubber?

Air purifiers or air scrubbers are isolated systems or additions to your existing HVAC unit to filter out dust, pollen, pollutants, and particles similar to coronavirus droplets. At MT Building Services, we offer filters that can be added to your existing HVAC systems for indoor air quality you can feel good about.

How do air scrubber filters help reduce the spread of viruses?

We’ve long heard from customers who install an air scrubber that they’ve noticed a difference during winter cold and flu season; when one family member is sick, the air scrubber filter prevents the germs from spreading through the air to the entire house. The same is true for commercial buildings. With an air scrubber or air purification system, air is cleaned while traveling from office or room to the other— reducing the risk of air particles traveling throughout the building. 

Air scrubbers and filters capture 99.97 percent of particles that are 0.3 micron in diameter. The coronavirus itself is smaller, but the droplets (think coughing, sneezing, talking, breathing) are larger and are captured by air scrubbers. It’s important to note that the air must first travel through the air scrubbers to be effectively cleaned. Air filters won’t help stop the spread of coronavirus if you are in the same room as someone who has been infected, but can prevent the spread in air traveling from room to room.

What can I expect during an air scrubber installation?

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Our HVAC experts in central PA will install your air scrubber with the same professionalism and care as they do any HVAC maintenance or repair visit. You can expect our technicians to arrive on time, answer any questions you have, and quickly get to work. Furthermore, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our team will wear masks, boot covers and gloves while in and around your home or office. We have PPE available for sale in bulk including, N95 masks, 3-ply disposable masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

How much does an air scrubber by Aerus cost?

The cost of an air scrubber by Aerus typically starts at $1,000 dependent on the specifications of your building and existing ductwork system. We’ll ask a few questions while scheduling your appointment to understand the size of your home or office. We’ll then discuss how many air scrubber filters we recommend for the size of the space. Air scrubber installation will also be based on the quantity of filters being added to your HVAC system. For those who would prefer a portable air scrubbing unit, we do have portable units available for purchase for $850.

To schedule your air scrubber installation, call us at 717-525-9665.