by Zona on February 12, 2016

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

From generation to the next, cold and flu remedies continue to be passed. Sometimes the best cure is not well known be it the chicken noodle soup or the new powder that was recently announced by Cephos Company for remedies that include colds, headaches and cases involving nerve problems.

Every time winter arrives, it is the height of the cold season and flu season at the same time. To put yourself ahead of the game, it is important to defend yourself against the flu virus starting with your family or your Indianapolis home.

Indianapolis, IN | Sanitation StrategiesThe first important thing to know is that millions of flu particles linger in the air and surfaces in our houses that we come in contact with every day. It is a general rule, that we all might have heard at one point or another, that we should be washing our hands when we sneeze, but still, the flu vaccine might be in place. It is important to make sure that the air quality in your Indianapolis home is on par in order to keep you and your family healthy.

Control Humidity

Previous research has indicated that low humidity contributes to virus survival. Hygrometers can help to indicate the relative humidity of your home and you can use a portable humidifier to control the level of humidity to the optimal 40-60% relative humidity level. In this humidity level, it is difficult for the flu virus to survive in the air.

Use Ultra Violet lights

In your local area, you can find lightweight disinfection devices that use UV light used to wipe out virus and bacteria substantially. You need to keep in mind that flu virus also lives in the air. It is, therefore, important to use this method together with humidifiers with Ultra-Violet light to kill the flu virus and other types of bacteria.

Purchase an air purifier

Since most people keep windows sealed during winter, recycled air may contain airborne bacteria and allergens. An air purifier is suitable for eliminating the smallest microbes in the air, reducing the flu virus and airborne germs in the cold air, therefore, reducing the chance of you catching the flu.

Disinfect surface

It is regarded as one of the most effective flu prevention methods. When carrying out the process of cleaning, it is important to focus on areas used throughout the home such as TV remote, tablet or doorknobs. Important to remember is to use registered disinfectant as approved by EPA for effectiveness against influenza A virus.

Wash linens

The flu virus lives longer on porous surfaces like towels, blankets, washcloths, and clothes. Since the clothes don’t need to be washed separately, it is important to ensure they are not shared before cleaning them thoroughly. They should be washed with household detergent using hot water.

Find out more ways to combat the flu in your Indianapolis, IN home. Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service today at (317) 881-9536, and get the quality services you deserve.

 

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