Indoor Air Quality – Prepare for Flu Season

Posted on December 13, 2013

Although autumn and winter is filled with tons of terrific things like the holidays and family meetings, the colder seasons also brings with it the flu. Although we are all warned about the flu since we were little, it is something to be taken seriously. It has devastated more families in America than it should have in recent years, so we urge everyone to take proper precautions against the flu, both in their day-to-day activities and in their HVAC systems.


Avoiding the Flu
To avoid the flu, make sure you are regularly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer if you are on the go. If your home comes in contact with a large group of people, try to keep these areas sanitized as much as possible. Flu particles can live on surfaces for over 6 hours, so it is worth giving your tables a wipe down once in a while.
If you currently have the flu, we highly recommend that you try to stay indoors as much as possible until you are better. If you must be outside, always cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands often and thoroughly.


Protecting Yourself with Your HVAC System
Your home HVAC system can be a huge asset in reducing the chances of exposure to the flu virus in your home. First is a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. A HEPA filter can trap viruses, bacteria, allergens, and other unwanted particulates 99.97% of the time, keeping it trapped in the filter and out of your home’s air. You can also have UV lights installed in your HVAC system which would then kill pathogens that are found in your home. UV lights have been used for years in hospitals, and have been found to be incredibly effective in killing viruses and bacteria. One last practice that would significantly aid your home is having your ductwork network cleaned. General Air can help you get the ducts in your home cleaned, sealed, and repaired, which would reduce the number of allergens and bacteria in the air, while also ensuring that the HEPA filters are working efficiently.

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