From flu shots to face masks to homemade chicken soup, people are willing to try anything to stay healthy when the influenza season strikes. Recent medical research has linked the home environment, including temperature, humidification and indoor air quality, to potential triggers that make our bodies more susceptible to the airborne viruses floating around. As a result, your HVAC system can play a big role in staying healthy this winter and beyond.

Keeps Your Home Heated and Hydrated

Beating the dreaded flu could be as simple as keeping your California home warm and humid. While cold air doesn’t cause the flu, chilly temperatures weaken the immune system, making it more difficult to fight off infections. Additionally, cold air zaps the moisture, creating drier conditions that allow germs to survive longer. Since water vapors are able to deform the virus, attaching a Trane humidification device to your HVAC system can help create healthier indoor air. Moist air also decreases the symptoms of the common cold, including a dry, sore throat and nasal congestion.

Produces Fresh, Clean Air

Although daytime temperatures are comfortable during the winter, keeping your house closed up and warm at night can allow airborne viruses to stick around longer. The HVAC system is central in pumping fresh, clean air throughout your home. To prevent breathing in polluted air, you must regularly change the air filters and keep the air return vents free of dust. This is especially important for people who have severe allergies and asthma since a flu infection further inflames the lungs, which can lead to more serious health problems.

All Knight Heating & Air Conditioning comfort specialists can ensure that your home’s HVAC system is properly maintained and equipped with the latest air purification technology, including humidifiers, ventilators and UV air cleaners. Contact our Trane certified technicians at (760) 501-0752 to learn more about your options for having a healthy home.