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Reducing Influenza Bacteria in Your Air

This season’s strain of the flu was very potent and widespread. Many people experienced progressive flu like symptoms or the actual full blown virus over many months this year. For contractors, fighting the flu and other airborne illnesses offers a humanitarian service to society, as well as a potential boost to their bottom line.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness and, in some cases, death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, infants and young children, the elderly, and those with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. The flu is spread through respiratory secretions, like coughing and sneezing. In the air, it can survive basically until it’s dried out. Once it lands on surfaces, it has a maximum lifespan of about eight hours.

Preventing the flu bacteria from spreading through your home can be a tricky task! Of course making sure you wipe all surfaces clean with Clorox wipes certainly can help eliminate surface exposure. The other trick is to reduce airborne flu bacteria throughout your home. HEPA filters are frequently used to trap bacteria and viruses to keep them from spreading between rooms. Standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mandate that, in order to be classified as a true HEPA filter, the filter must trap a minimum of 99.97 percent of airborne particulates that are 0.3 micrometer in diameter. HEPA filters have a practical application in some homes, especially where higher-risk individuals, like infants and the elderly, reside.

Another thing people can use in their home to help fight against airborne viruses and bacteria are electrified air cleaners, which ionize particles as they pass through an electric field. Electric air cleaners are often less pressure resistant than other filters, which can save a lot of fan energy while still maintaining a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). Certain electric air cleaners only need to be cleaned once a year only! That’s what we call ” simple maintenance”!

IAQ solutions should be offered by every quality a/c and heating company ( ductwork ). Cleaning your ducts will improve air quality! Even if they do not specifically trap or kill viruses and bacteria in the air, it can still improve your overall health. Cleaner and fresher air provides significant advantages to individuals as they effectively attempt to stave off infections such as the flu or common cold. Inspecting your ductwork to make sure it’s properly sealed and cleaned and also making sure there’s proper filtration so it doesn’t get dirty or compromised down the road will definitely ensure your home’s air quality is much cleaner.

Take action now and cut down on your homes airborne bacteria. You owe it to yourself and your family to have the cleanest air possible flowing throughout your home. Call Cool Touch today and one of our experts will assist you!

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