Santa Clara Co. Mulls Air Filter Funding as Buildings Reopen

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors plan to consider a recommendation Tuesday to buy ventilators to remove airborne coronavirus particles from the air inside local buildings owned by non-profit groups, small businesses and the county itself.

Installing a strong ventilation and filtration system can help prevent the transmission of Covid-19 particles, county health officials said.

They recommended installing MERV-13 air filters in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems because the devices remove at least 85% of particles that pass through HVAC systems. The devices cost an estimated $2,000 to $2,500 each.

County staff also recommended using $10 million provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act to purchase the filters. Signed by President Biden in March, the bill allocated funding to every county in the United States for Covid-19 relief.

The Board of Supervisors meeting starts at 9:30am Tuesday and residents can attend on Zoom.

2 Comments

  1. This will not prevent viruses from being spread.

    The reality is that in order to prevent PANDEMICS again, we need to instal true air cleaning that destroys bacteria and virusus. THeire is a technique using high power UV raditaion or better yet Gamma Radiation thorugh an air filtration system.

    But it means that building HVAC systems will need to be REPLACED and these systems require a controlled air intack and outake process for the internal atmosphere.

    It will be a “halfway” point toward a “Clean Room” because particles are NOT the problem in this case, BACTERIA and VIRUSES are. Yuo do not need a filter to deal with it, just a decent exposure to the UV or Gamma Rays in the air apssing thorugh it.

    It will NOT be cheap.

  2. “Santa Clara Co. Mulls Air Filter Funding as Buildings Reopen”

    Good opportunity to toss more money down the toilet so why not?

    Who really benefits from this expenditure?

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