stay healthy in winter

How to Stay Healthy in Winter

December 18, 2017

People spend more time indoors in winter to avoid the chilly Charlotte, North Carolina, weather. Dirt, dust, mold and other contaminants can accumulate in your home, causing headaches, dizziness and other health problems. You can improve your home’s indoor air quality and stay healthy in winter by using a UV air purifier, adding a humidifier and maintaining your HVAC system.

Using a UV Air Purifier

Ultraviolet air purifiers use UVC light to kill microscopic organisms like mold, bacteria or viruses by damaging their DNA. The atmosphere blocks most UVC light from the sun, and it’s stronger than the types of UV light that penetrate the planet’s air and cause sunburns.

A UV lamp prevents mold, dust mites, the flu and other problems. It can prevent allergy symptoms, protect your furniture and keep your family healthy. A coil sterilization light fits inside your HVAC system’s air handler, and an air sterilization light works in your ductwork.

Adding a Humidifier

Heating your home in winter also removes moisture from your indoor air, causing sinus problems, sore throats, dry skin and static electricity. Low humidity can also make you and your family feel colder. Viruses can travel from person to person faster than usual, as well. With a humidifier, you can feel warmer, healthier and more comfortable in winter.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

Have your heater checked by a professional in fall before you start using it. That way, you can repair leaks in your ductwork and remove dust and debris that could cause a burnt smell when you start your heater.

You should also change your system’s air filter at least every three months so it can catch contaminants. As a result, you’ll keep them from spreading through your home and prevent dust buildup.

Bradham Brothers, Inc. has more than 40 years of heating and cooling experience. We can help you repair, maintain and install a variety of equipment to improve your indoor air quality. Call us at (704) 912-1456 for exceptional service.

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