The Common Cold—Improve Your IAQ to Avoid Catching One
In the United States, colds account for more visits to the doctor than any other condition, according to the American Lung Association. Highly contagious and caused by more than 200 different viruses, the common cold is virtually impossible to prevent—but the quality of the air inside your home can affect how often you get sick.
You can reduce the likelihood of catching a cold—or at least lessen its symptoms—with the help of indoor air quality products. The comfort specialists at Gross Heating & Air Conditioning offer these tips:
- Clean the air. When someone in your home sneezes or coughs, viruses and bacteria scatter throughout the air and are inhaled by others. A high-performance, whole-house air purification system can reduce the spread of the common cold by trapping and killing airborne contaminants like the cold virus. For example, Carrier Infinity air purifiers are effective against 13 common disease-causing viruses and bacteria, including the common cold, human flu, measles, and strep throat. The same air purification technology is used to protect hospital room patients and government facilities.
- Humidify. Dry indoor air can aggravate cold symptoms so use a humidifier indoors during cold season. Keep the levels in your home between 40 to 60 percent. A humidifier will naturally add moisture to the air to soothe stuffy noses and sore throats. A humidifier can also minimize the growth of bacteria and viruses in your home.
- Invest in a ventilator. Ventilators, also known as air-to-air exchangers, provide the fresh air families need to stay healthy during cold season—by bringing fresh outdoor air inside while simultaneously pushing contaminated air that contains cold and flu viruses outside.