In our region, we’ve had a fair share of our seasonal visitor, the flu virus. Because the flu season lasts so long (October through May), it’s important to know some of the best practices for staying healthy and protecting your family from being exposed to the virus.
Read our tips to help get you through the remainder of flu season:
Help Your Immune System
Medical professionals recommend that you get the flu shot every year to help prevent getting the flu entirely,or at the very least, lessen the severity of symptoms. In addition to this first line of defense, you can also consider increasing your vitamin C intake. Another important thing is to make sure you are getting enough sleep so that your body is well-rested and your immune system is in good condition to ward off germs.
Prevent Spreading Germs
Even if you are doing your part to stay healthy, there are still plenty opportunities for you to come into contact with the flu virus. To help avoid exposure to germs, you should wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your nose and eyes, and limit your contact with others who are sick. Wipe down surfaces at home, work and in the car to keep your surroundings clean and germ-free.
Know What Symptoms To Look For
Flu-like symptoms are very similar to the common cold; they include a fever, fatigue, a cough and/or sore throat, body aches, and a runny nose. If you begin experiencing these symptoms, the best thing you can do is stay home to rest and hydrate. Because the flu is a virus, there is no immediate cure, but there are ways to alleviate your flu symptoms and potentially speed up your recovery. Always consult with your doctor to find the best remedy and plan of action for you.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
During the flu season, you will be spending much of your time indoors. While it’s impossible to prevent the flu entirely, there are some indoor air quality products and services that can help improve the cleanliness of the air you are breathing in your home.
- Whole-Home Humidifier: Because dry air helps the flu virus live longer, getting a whole-home humidifier installed on your heating system can help your chances of that virus overstaying it’s welcome. Having a indoor humidity level of 30-50% is best recommended for healthy air.
- Air Cleaning & Sanitizing Products: Help eliminate and filter out mold, mildew and bacteria from circulating throughout your house, and find comfort knowing your family is safe from inhaling harmful airborne particles and allergens. We offer UV-Light Purifiers, the Trane CleanEffects, as well as our Perfect Air Plus electronic air cleaner to help improve the indoor air quality in your home.
- HVAC Duct Cleaning: Your home is a place where toxins can get trapped inside and never leave. Since the biggest culprit of this ‘trapping’ is within your ductwork, a thorough HVAC cleaning could make a huge difference. This air duct cleaning process removes the dust and other contaminants hiding in your ducts and goes a long way to help improve the air you breathe indoors.
We hope everyone stays safe and healthy through the rest of flu season! If you should have any air quality concerns or heating or cooling issues, give our experts a call at (866) 514-1978!