We are in the thick of cold and flu season, and between the kids being at school and you being in the office, you’re all being exposed to tons of germs. To prevent those germs from spreading and keep your family healthy, follow these tips:
Get a flu shot
If you haven’t already, schedule a flu shot with your doctor, or you can get them at CVS Minute Clinic in Bel Air.
Wash Hands Often
This sounds like a no-brainer, but it can really help if you head straight to the sink and wash with hot water and soap BEFORE you make dinner.
Disinfect Your Home
It’s important to wipe away germs left on door handles, counters and faucets. Use Lysol or antibacterial wipes several times a day.
Remind Family Members to Keep Germs to Themselves
Encourage any one who is sick to stay in their room as much as possible, and remind the kids to sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of their arms (instead of their hands — gross!).
Air Out the House Whenever Possible
Yes, it’s cold in Aberdeen, but if you can open windows every once in a while to let germs out and allow fresh air in, your family has a better chance of staying healthy. In fact, keeping your home’s temperature cooler by about 5 degrees decreases the chances of viruses breeding, so an open window can’t hurt.
Install a Whole House Humidifier
Having moisture in the air is great for reducing the discomfort of dry sinuses which can cause a sore throat, and congestion. Reducing dry air can also reduce the chances of a virus spreading. One Hour Heating and Air can install a whole house humidifier by attaching it to your water line and mounting it to your HVAC system to distribute moisture evenly throughout your home.
Upgrade Your Air Filter
An air filter with a higher MERV rating can trap tiny particles like viruses that flow through your HVAC system. Talk to your HVAC technician at One Hour about buying a filter with a MERV rating above 12 to reduce germs from circulating in your indoor air.
Clean Your Indoor Air
You can dust, vacuum, sweep and mop as much as possible, but you’ll never be able to capture all the contaminants that settle into the air you breathe. We offer the OXY Quantum UV Air Cleaner with the power of UV light to sanitize the air flowing through your vents, killing airborne bacteria and viruses and improving your indoor air quality. Call to request more information to help keep your family well this winter!
Call One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Churchville to Help Control Germs in Your Home
We want you and your family to stay as healthy as possible this fall and winter. Contact us today and we’ll tell you how to improve your indoor air quality so your whole household stays healthy and happy. Call your trusted Harford County HVAC company today!