Travel during the time of the coronavirus is nothing short of hiccups. However, in easing our woos to some extent, hotels are now offering virus-free or purified air as an amenity to guests. Yes, that’s right! From HEPA air filtration to plasma “air cleaning” systems, properties are now advertising clean and good air as part of their guest experience, but is it really working?
While sanitization protocols are solicited and can reduce COVID contraction chances, there is no definitive data to prove how well air-purifiers can help you evade the virus. According to a statement by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), “Relative to many other air cleaning or disinfection technologies, needlepoint bi-polar ionization has a less-documented track record in regards to cleaning/disinfecting large and fast volumes of moving air within the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.”
As per ASHRAE these air-cleaning technologies are still “emerging” and lack “scientifically-rigorous, peer-reviewed studies,” meaning that they aren’t fool-proof. The Environmental Protection Agency further suggests “increasing ventilation with outdoor air and air filtration as important components of a larger strategy that includes social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings or masks, surface cleaning and disinfecting handwashing, and other precautions.”
While air-purification by hotels is a welcome move, you may want to wait it out for the vaccine before galivanting across the globe!