There’s a good reason why wintertime is dubbed the flu season. While you can get it year-round, most flu activity peaks between December and February, and according to a 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, about eight percent of the U.S. population is affected. Fortunately, there are proven ways to minimize your chances of contracting the flu, and a lot of them have to do with your HVAC system.

Beat Seasonal Colds and Allergies

Keep your home warm. You should make every effort to ensure that your house stays warm, especially if you’re coming in from the cold. While viruses can infect you regardless of the temperature outside, your body’s immune system becomes suppressed in the cold, making it harder to fight off infections. If you’re not keeping your house warm while you’re out, make sure that it’s set to warm back up as soon as you come inside. 

Invest in a whole-house humidifier. This is a solution many indoor air quality experts recommend. Flu and cold viruses are common during the winter because the air is so dry. By introducing a little moisture into the air, you can dramatically reduce the chances of catching a virus. Additionally, a whole-house humidifier can also lessen cold symptoms such as sore throats, post-nasal drip and congestion.

Change your air filter. If you haven’t changed your air filter in the last three months, then now is the time to do so. This will ensure that the air inside your home is as clean as possible. Simply pop in a new filter to eliminate any lingering bacteria and allergens that are trapped in your old one. 

Whether you’re in need of air conditioning repair services or are thinking about upgrading your entire HVAC system, turn to the experts at AC & Refrigeration Works for help. Just give us a call at (956) 255-7227 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment today.