COVID-19: Ways to improve ventilation and air filtration in your home
Narration: Did you know that ventilation helps protect against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses?
Text on screen: Ventilation
The word “Ventilation” appears on screen and it bends and twists as though it is riding a current of air
Narration: Ventilation replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. This helps to reduce the levels of infectious particles in the air.
A hand reaches for the latch on a window. The window opens, fresh air blows in and the camera pulls back to reveal three people in a living room playing a board game.
Narration: This is particularly important before, during, and after times when people from outside your immediate household are present.
An electrician wearing a mask works on a fusebox in the basement of the home. The homeowner opens the basement window near where he is working.
Narration: Open your windows and doors to create a cross-breeze of fresh air. Even if it’s cold or wet outside, opening your window for a few minutes at a time will help.
Snowflakes can be seen through the basement window. The window’s rectangular shape transforms into an air filter for a household furnace.
Narration: Air filtration can also help by removing infectious particles from the air.
Particles in the air float into the filter and are trapped.
Narration: To do this, you can use a central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
A hand reaches for the digital thermostat used for home heating and cooling systems.
Narration: Change the filter as recommended, ensure it fits properly, and keep your vents and fans clear.
Air is being drawn into the home’s air ducts and a new filter is inserted into the furnace.
Narration: You can also run kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans continuously and at low speed.
The blades of a kitchen fan are spinning and the image transforms into a portable air purifier sitting on the floor of the home.
Narration: Or consider using portable air purifiers with a HEPA filter that is the right size for the room.
A man and woman are in the living room; the man is wearing a mask. The curtains wave in the breeze from the open window at the back of the room.
Narration: Remember that ventilation is one way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and should be combined with other public health measures.
Narration: Learn more about ventilation at Canada.ca/coronavirus.
Text on screen: Canada.ca/coronavirus
Narration: A message from the Government of Canada.
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