When the cold weather arrives, there is more to worry about than just making sure your Arkansas HVAC system is ready to go. It is also the time of year when people start coming down with a cold and/or the flu. Once someone in your home has those germs, there is a great chance of it spreading to the rest of your family. What can you do to help your family stay healthy this flu season? Here are some ways to help create healthy air for your home.
Making sure your home has clean air is one of the best ways to reduce illness for your family. Contaminated air can be a big obstacle for healthy living. What can you do to have clean air in your home? In some cases, this might mean opening your windows or doors for some fresh air. But you won’t want to do this if it is too cold out.
You may have kitchen or bathroom fans that will exhaust air outside. This will remove contaminants from those rooms. Proper ventilation will also help eliminate the airborne pollutants that may be in the home. And of course, changing the filter in your Arkansas HVAC system will help with your air quality as well. You should be checking your filters monthly and changing them a couple of times every year.
Another option you might consider is an air purification system. These can kill most of the germs and get rid of airborne particles. Give us a call to see if this is a good option for your home.
The last thing you want to do when you are sick is to head to the store for supplies. So, save yourself the trouble and make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand. You know you or someone in your home is going to get sick at some point so grab these things ahead of time to eliminate one unnecessary trip when illness strikes. You’ll want to have things like soup, popsicles, Kleenex, and some favorite comfort foods on hand.
There are some things you can do in your bathroom during a time of sickness that may help prevent sickness from spreading. Basically, you can start using disposable items so people are not sharing. This would be using paper towels instead of regular hand towels that multiple people may use. You can also do this with cups if you have them in the bathroom. It may also help to keep toothbrushes apart from each other as well.
Some people just want to be alone when they aren’t feeling well. This is a good thing to do for everyone’s sake. Although the term quarantine might be a little harsh. Anytime someone sneezes or coughs, their germs can reach someone nearby. Many of their germs can also spread through touching objects in the room. If you have space, try giving them their own room to be in and even their own bathroom while they recover from their sickness. Plus, this will mean there is less area that will need to be disinfected.
Do The Laundry
Sick people have sick clothes. And bedding. And towels. And pretty much everything else. Don’t let these sit around for days while they are covered in germs. Get those items into the washer soon and get them clean. You might even consider adding some bleach to an empty load in your washing machine to clean keep that clean.
They say the best way to avoid spreading germs is by consistently washing your hands because most of the time, germs get inside the body through your mouth, nose, and eyes. Make sure that everyone in the family stays on top of this. Especially when someone in the home is under the weather.
When there is sickness spreading through your home it can be very draining and frustrating — for weeks at a time. Nobody wants this. Try using these suggestions to help combat the colds and cases of flu that are out there during the winter season. Airmasters would love to help with your Arkansas HVAC and air quality. This is just one more thing you can to do help protect your loved ones.