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5 Ways to Combat the Spread of the Flu in Your Home

When most people think of ways to keep the flu out of their home, their thoughts turn to washing hands, having a good supply of hand sanitizer, and not sneezing or coughing on others.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Sanitation StrategiesHowever, they rarely think their HVAC system can play a role in keeping the flu away. But by following a few simple tips, your Ft. Lauderdale home's HVAC system will virtually eliminate any chance of the flu paying it a visit.

Ultraviolet Lights

Ultraviolet lights, also known as UV lights, have been studied for years and have been shown to be very useful in killing airborne germs and bacteria.

Used for decades in hospitals, they have now found their way into many homes, and have proven to be very effective there as well.

Clean Ductwork and Air Purifiers

While people think their ductwork will only have dirt and dust removed when cleaned, the fact is many germs will also be eliminated with that cleaning session.

If ductwork is left unattended for years, germs can build up and linger there, then be spread throughout the home when air is pushed through the system. Also, clean the collector plate on the air purifier several times per year, ensuring it will be able to catch as many germs as possible.

Changing Air Filters

If there is one thing that is almost always overlooked during annual HVAC maintenance, it's changing the air filters. Many of today's newer HVAC systems are now made to work with HEPA filters, which stands for High-Efficacy Particulate Arrestance.

To put that in layman's terms, it's a type of air filter made to trap extremely small germ particles, such as those carrying the flu virus. As this becomes more popular with Ft. Lauderdale homeowners, it's expected these systems will be the norm in most homes within a decade.

Air Duct Sealing

Once an air duct is cleaned, it needs to be sealed back in a proper manner. Otherwise, those clean air ducts will soon be full of germ particles that are waiting to be spread throughout the home. To make sure this task is done, have a technician inspect the ducts once the cleaning is finished.

By following these steps, the flu will be a very infrequent guest at your home in the coming year. To schedule quality HVAC maintenance in your Ft. Lauderdale, FL home, please contact AAA Modern Air today at 954-241-2523.