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How to Improve Air Quality During Flu Season

In the summer, many of us open all the windows and doors to let the fresh air blow through our homes. This is an excellent way to naturally improve indoor air quality. However, it’s doubtful that you’d do this during the winter. But, winter in Canada is also cold and flu season, and high air quality is important for reducing transmission and infection from airborne illnesses. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve your indoor air quality during cold and flu season. Read what they are here.

Top 4 Tips to Boost Indoor Air Quality

Enhancing the air quality in your home has an effect on your and your family’s health. Higher indoor air quality can limit the spread of certain airborne illnesses like the flu, cold, and COVID-19. Here are our top 4 tips for boosting your home’s indoor air quality.

Air Purification System

Purifying your indoor air is one way to improve its quality and help lower the transmission of airborne illnesses, including the flu, cold, and COVID-19. Air purification systems work by capturing and removing contaminants and pollutants from your home’s indoor air. 

There are different types of air purification and air filtration systems, and Spring Home has a variety for you to choose from. There are in-duct and standalone units. Spring Home can work with you to find the best solution for your home.

Humidifier 

Maintaining appropriate humidity levels in your home can contribute to higher-quality indoor air and overall health. While some sort of heating system is necessary for winter in Canada, it does dry out the air in our homes, which leads to problems like dry and cracked skin, and even the worsening of respiratory conditions. That’s why it’s important to properly humidify your home during the dry winter months. 

A humidifier can help keep your home at the proper humidity levels. So, it’s a worthy investment for your family’s health. Though humidifiers themselves do not remove certain viruses, like the flu or COVID-19, from the air, they can limit how long these particles remain suspended in the air. Proper humidity levels can also limit how long these particles remain infectious. Therefore, keeping a humidity level of between 30-50% indoors is ideal.

Ventilation

For optimal air quality and ventilation, make sure your HVAC system is professionally installed and properly maintained and operated. This includes changing the furnace filter at regular intervals. In addition, use a ventilation system, like an HRV or ERV, to better ventilate the air in your house. An HRV circulates fresh air in your home and removes stale air, which contributes to better indoor air quality and overall better health. 

You can also take advantage of natural ventilation by opening windows or doors to bring in some fresh air, however, you might not want to do this in the winter! 

HEPA Filters

Using high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA filters) is another way to improve your home’s air quality as they’re effective at capturing airborne particles, including certain viruses. Keep in mind, they’re not a replacement for adequate ventilation but should be used as additional protection against low indoor air quality. Ensure that you change the filter regularly for greater effectiveness.

Improve Air Quality to Protect Your Family’s Health

Take these steps to better protect your family from airborne illnesses like the cold and flu. If you haven’t already, you can invest in your home and your family’s health by having an air filtration system and/or humidifier installed in your home. Wouldn’t it be worth it if reduces your family’s risk of infection even a little? 

Contact Spring Home to discuss your options for improving indoor air quality.

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