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Take a Stand This Cold and Flu Season

All of the hand sanitizer you own could not protect you from germs and particulate in the air that make you sick. During cold and flu season, which typically starts around December, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants and irritants certainly don’t help the situation.

Your heating system has a blower fan that sucks in air from your home before heating it and blowing warm air back out. And with it, a lot of contaminants can recirculate as well.

It may seem as though airborne contaminants are out of your control, but local heating technicians can help.

An Electronic Air Purifier

The average air filter is not able to remove all of the contaminants in the air. If the fibers were too tightly wound, they could restrict airflow, which is why we don’t recommend choosing an air filter that is too powerful. Instead, we recommend air purifiers.

A quality air purifier pairs up with your HVAC system to charge particles moving through the unit. That way, they are attracted to a surface of an opposite charge, which they cling to instead of moving through the air. Ask a local heating and air technician.

UV Lights

An ultraviolet light system is installed within your heating and air conditioning system to kill germs as they pass through. Bacteria and viruses are killed and sterilized instantly as they pass UV light, which makes them harmless to breathe in.

A Humidifier

A humidifier adds moisture to the air—enough to keep your lips from chapping and your skin from drying, which is more common in the winter. Moreover, dry air can make it more likely that your family members will get sick, because dried mucus membranes make it harder for your body to fight infection. Consider a whole-house humidifier so that everyone is protected.

Contact the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling for your next heating or indoor air quality service in Fairfield, OH.

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