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Indoor Air: Four Ways to Keep It Healthy This Spring
A big question surrounding coronavirus is how much of a role airborne transmission plays in its spread. According to the CDC, the virus is primarily passed either through direct contact with an infected person or through close range (six feet or less) coughing or sneezing.
But that doesn’t mean that your home heating and cooling systems can’t help keep you safe and healthy in your home. In fact, a forced-air system (one with ducts rather than radiators or baseboards) can have a significant impact on your overall health so that your immune system is up to whatever challenges might face it.
Here what you can do to make sure your HVAC system is your ally in the challenging weeks ahead:
Home Air Quality Tips:
Check air filters regularly – Air filters are your HVAC system’s first line of defense against bacteria, viruses, pollen and other harmful microorganisms in your indoor air. Check your furnace or A/C filter at least once a month, changing as needed.
Get routine maintenance – Ideally, your HVAC system should be serviced twice a year to keep it running safely and efficiently. A properly maintained heating or cooling system will remove most harmful contaminants from your indoor air.
Keep your air ducts clean – Like your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump, your ventilation system also needs regular maintenance. Ductwork should be cleaned and serviced to remove dust, mold and microorganisms that can collect there. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), air ducts should be professionally cleaned every three to five years – more frequently if you have pets.
Fix problems immediately – A properly functioning air conditioner or furnace is essential to the health and safety of your family – especially for those with chronic conditions. If there’s a problem with your heating or cooling system, take care of it quickly by calling a qualified HVAC contractor for emergency cooling and heating repairs in the Hudson Valley.
At Bottini Fuels, your safety and comfort are always our priority. Please see our Covid-19 Service Update Page to learn more about how we are working to keep our crews and your home comfort systems working through this challenging time. If you need emergency repairs to your HVAC equipment, or heating oil or propane delivery in the Hudson Valley, contact us today.