by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on November 27, 2015

How to Control Airborne Viruses in Your Home

When flu season arrives, one of everybody’s greatest concerns is preventing the disease from spreading. While many people do things to help themselves such as getting flu shots, washing their hands frequently, or covering their mouths when they cough, few people give much thought as to how they can make their Vancouver home as germ-proof as possible. However, by using the services of an HVAC company and having an understanding of the issue, it’s possible to use a home’s HVAC system to everyone’s advantage during flu season.

Vancouver, BC Air Filtration ServicesHave a Maintenance Schedule

Of all the things a person can do to protect against airborne viruses in their home, keeping their HVAC system on a regular maintenance schedule is perhaps the best. By regularly having a service technician stop by to check the filters and humidifiers, people can be assured their system will be able to filter out any potential problems in the air. As an added precaution, using high-efficiency filters in the system will help to keep out even more potential airborne viruses.

Inspect Furnaces

By regularly inspecting a home’s furnace, more airborne contaminants can be kept under control. If the furnace is not working properly, many parts of a home can stay damp and become more prone to mold or certain airborne viruses that thrive in moist conditions. By having a service technician regularly inspect the burner, filters, and motor of a furnace, it’s highly unlikely that airborne viruses will have many places they can call home.

Make Good Use of Exhaust Fans

In areas such as bathrooms and kitchens where conditions can often be warm and moist, having exhaust fans installed can be a great way to keep airborne viruses under control in one’s home. These rooms, along with exercise rooms or laundry rooms, can be prime areas for airborne viruses and other contaminants to thrive. By having exhaust fans on regularly, viruses and contaminants can be swept outside of the home.

Install Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers

For homes with modern HVAC systems, installing air-to-air heat exchangers can be another way to control airborne viruses. These units, which rid the home of stale, warm air and replace it with fresh air from the outside, keep fresh air circulating continually and greatly lessen the chances of any airborne viruses being able to stay inside for very long. In addition to this advantage, they also reduce the cost of operating the HVAC system.

Keep your Vancouver, BC home free from germs of the flu season. Call Lambert Plumbing Heating & Air today at  (604) 734-0890, to get tips on how to keep your home flu free.

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