During cold and flu season, most Americans spend more time indoors as the temperatures drop. When their heating and cooling systems aren’t properly maintained, they can circulate germs and worsen symptoms. Here’s what you can do to stay healthy.
How to Prepare Your Heating System for the Cold & Flu Season
1. Change Your Air Filter
Your heating system has an air filter to catch pet dander, pollen, dust, and other airborne particles. Not only does this filter prevent these particles from entering the system’s inner components, which could cause it to run poorly, but it also helps prevent microbes from circulating throughout your home.
Most systems only call for seasonal filter replacements. However, if your family is experiencing a cold or flu, eliminating allergens that could exacerbate symptoms doesn’t hurt. Consider replacing the filter once a month if you have pets or family members with asthma or allergies.
2. Use a Humidifier
Increased humidity in the air can make breathing easier and more comfortable in people with respiratory infections. The added moisture helps stop the nasal passages and throat from drying out, which can lead to further irritation. While a single-room humidifier is a temporary fix, you might consider a whole-house humidifier down the road. These systems keep homes at a comfortable moisture level, which can be helpful when several people are experiencing symptoms.
3. Consider an Air Purifier
While heating systems keep some particles out of your indoor air, a whole-house air purifier removes the tiniest microbes. This includes airborne germs, such as cold and flu viruses. With these filtration systems, you may be less likely to transmit germs among family members. Because polluted air worsens symptoms of the common cold, you may also be able to reduce a virus’s severity with a whole-house air purifying system.
For all your heating and cooling needs, turn to Jon’s Plumbing & Heating. Our Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors™ have been serving Mount Vernon, OH, residences since 1998. We maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau® and offer several indoor air quality solutions to keep your home healthy. Call (740) 520-2312 to schedule your service, or contact us online.