LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — We all can use a little peace of mind these days. Whether you're walking into a business, visiting a friend or at home, you want to feel safe. 13 Action News Anchor Tricia Kean looks at the steps some homeowners are taking to protect their families during the pandemic.
"Anything to lessen or mitigate catching the virus I think as a parent is something we would really consider," says mother of three Ivera Pennant.
KIND OF PARANOID
She's like a lot of other valley moms. When she goes out, her kids are wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But how many people let their guard down at home?
"It makes me kind of paranoid as a mom. Children are obviously some of the most vulnerable. Whatever I can do to prevent them from catching anything dealing with the virus," says Ivera.
MEDICAL GRADE FILTRATION
Now some local air conditioning companies are answering the call. They're installing air filtration systems that capture mold, bacteria and virus particles floating around in your home.
"We have medical-grade air filtration, that's available for residential applications," says Matt Ballard with Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Refrigeration Service Contractors Association.
He showed us the most popular options. The first is a UV light system.
"It uses ultraviolet light which has been proven effective at destroying bacteria and viruses, and it uses carbon. Carbon is really good at capturing and holding those bacteria and viruses. It allows the UV light the time it needs in order to destroy them," says Ballard.
TESTED WITH CORONAVIRUS
The other option is getting the highest grade air filter money can buy. It's the most efficient at capturing small particles.
"There are products that have been tested with the family of coronaviruses and we know their effectiveness with that. But specifically with COVID-19, there's not the testing out there for it," says Ballard.
So there's no guarantee. But it's a great preventive measure. Just know, you can't buy these at your favorite hardware store.
"These are professionally installed products. You need to have a licensed contractor that really knows the product well in order to make sure it works properly," says Ballard.
HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS
That also means prices can vary.
"After installation, can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. It really just depends on that installation," says Ballard.
So be sure to get multiple bids. Ultimately, the cost your willing to spend is your decision.
"Life is still more important than money. So if it's something I would have to invest in just to keep my family safe if the spread continues, then yeah it's definitely something I would definitely consider," says Ivera.