As we head into the height of flu season, if you haven’t taken steps to defend yourself against the flu, now is the time. Even if your home is squeaky clean, there are still millions of particles that linger on surfaces and in the air inside your home. UV lights are one way to kill illness-causing bacteria.

Control humidity Levels

In the winter, humidity levels can dip as much as 10 percent, making the air inside your home extremely dry. And because we tend to hibernate inside when it’s cold, spending more time indoors can be bad for us. Research has shown that low levels of humidity can increase the flu’s chance of survival. Maintaining the appropriate temperature and humidity indoors is one of the best ways to ward of the flu.

Use UV Lights

Did you know that a UV light can kill the bacteria that causes the flu? In particular, germicidal UV lights work by deactivating dangerous microorganisms, which causes respiratory illnesses. UV lamps can be installed with your heating and cooling system, so when the conditioned air is on its way into your ductwork, the UV light will kill any bacteria that might have grown in the moist environment of your indoor coils or infiltrated your home.

Buy an Air Purifier

Surface cleaning with disinfectant does remove particles that land on countertops, floors and other hard surfaces. Unfortunately, topical disinfectants are ineffective when it comes to indoor air quality. During the winter, most homeowners keep their windows shut, which keeps stagnant air indoors. Air purifiers effectively remove airborne allergies and bacteria from the indoor air, which improves indoor air quality.

Routine HVAC Maintenance

Maintaining your HVAC equipment is just as important as washing your hands and keeping your home clean. Preventive maintenance ensures that your HVAC unit is clean and not harboring excessive levels of moisture or dirty air filters, both of which reduce energy efficiency.

Your family’s health is what’s important. To discuss more indoor air quality ideas or to schedule an IAQ product installation, ontact us today at 877-692-9402.

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