How Heating Systems Can Lead to Cold and Flu and What to Do About It

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From 1918 to 1920, a horrible influenza epidemic occurred that killed almost 50 to 100 million people. Although it is very unlikely that modern day flu could cause an effect of such huge magnitude, the hazards are not ignorable.
Common cold is quite prevalent in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common cold is one of the main reasons that children miss school and adults miss work. On average, US adults have 2 to 3 incidences of common cold in one year.

How Heating Systems Can Contribute Towards Cold and Flu

To make sure that their heating systems provide maximum heating, homeowners keep their doors and windows closed. It means that the same, unpurified air circulates throughout the house.

This unhealthy air quality allows the cold and flu to make its’ way into your homes and cause trouble for you and your family.

What You Can Do

Here are some solutions to avoid cold and flu:

  • Air FiltersAccording to MIT news, High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are quite efficient and can discard almost 98% of virus particles. With very little maintenance required, these filters can also help you ward off indoor allergens, such as pollen and mold. With pollutants and contaminants minimized, the air quality in your homes improves.
    In some filters, there is a special microbial technology installed that can clean and even deodorize air that passes through it. Moreover, portable air purifiers can also prove to be helpful.
  • HumidifierThe arrival of winter means quite low humidity levels which can lead to influenza virus, sinus and other respiratory conditions. An article by CNN suggests that installing a humidifier in places that are more likely to spread influenza may prove to be very effective. By giving back air its’ moisture, humidifiers increase the level of humidity inside your homes. It cannot only help you breathe easier, but also reduce risks of cold and flu viruses.
  • UV Light Disinfection SystemThis system can be installed along with your Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system to improve air quality in your homes. It has the power to kill various bacteria and viruses. All you have to do is direct its’ light towards the area that you want disinfected and the ultraviolet rays will do the trick. This system is used as an added safeguard.

As experts in improving indoor air quality, we at Summit Heating & A/C offer highly efficient air cleaners and air filters to ensure that your family stays safe and healthy. Our services also include heating repair and air conditioning service Denver CO