How your HVAC system can help you stay healthy in cold weather

If you're concerned about the effect of your HVAC system on the environment, you're not alone. Learn more about how regular maintenance helps here.

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Good day. My name is Darryl and I work as a government researcher for the energy sector. I prepare reports which suggest ways that energy can be conserved and made cheaper. One area that is particularly under the spotlight is the effect of heating, ventilation and cooling systems on the environment. Whilst preparing my latest research report, I have been amazed by the energy efficiency that can be gained by installing the right HVAC systems. I even contacted professional HVAC contractors to upgrade, maintain and repair the systems in my own home because I learnt that older systems can use more energy without regular checks. I'm sure that there are others like me who aren't aware of the importance of choosing the right HVAC system. I hope to share a little of what I have learnt in my blog and help spread awareness. Thank you for your time.


How your HVAC system can help you stay healthy in cold weather

24 September 2019
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During winter, bacteria and viruses tend to spread faster (while infecting people with cold and flu). This is why you're more likely to end up with a running nose, sore throat, watery eyes and even a headache when the weather gets cold.

So how can you stay healthy during the peak of flu season? Your air conditioning system can help. By maintaining moist and free-flowing air, you can limit the likelihood of infection and avoid the annoying symptoms of cold and flu. Here's how your air conditioning unit can help you avoid getting sick during winter.  

1. Moving air reduces the presence of germs

Many people don't know that stuffy air is the primary reason why they get infected by cold and flu. Stuffy air is more likely to harbour bacteria and viruses, which proceed to infect you whenever they get a chance. This is why you should ensure that your air conditioning unit is delivering a fresh supply of air inside your home.

Whether it's hot or cold air, the goal is to maintain a constant flow that doesn't allow germs to accumulate. And because you're likely to spend more time indoors during winter, ensure that indoor air is always fresh and free of bacteria.

2. Moist air is typically less contagious

In addition to having good airflow, your indoor air should also remain moist. Dry air has been shown to harbour germs and spread symptoms of flu and cold. Moist air limits contagious properties and protects you from catching a cold.

You can maintain moist air in your home by adjusting the humidity setting or purchasing a humidifier. Humidifiers give you more control over the air inside your home, allowing you to pay attention to areas that need moisture.

3. Keeping warm will reduce the likelihood of infection

If it gets frigid outside, consider heating your home to a comfortable temperature. Very cold air may expose you to the flu because your immune system is less active in cold weather. A programmable thermostat can also help you maintain warm temperatures inside your home, even when you're away.

4. You can add air cleaning accessories to your HVAC unit

Not only do you need warm, fresh and moist air during flu season, but you also need clean air. Dust, mould spores and germs can also infect your body and cause flu-like symptoms.

Luckily, most HVAC systems can be equipped with accessories such as UV air cleaners and whole-house humidifiers. These accessories help clean the air and reduce the likelihood of infections.

For more information, contact an air conditioning supplier.