The 2019-2020 flu season has begun in Las Vegas. Officials say that Clark County has already seen four-times as many flu cases as this same time last year. With this in mind, homeowners living in the Las Vegas Area should strongly consider taking steps to reduce their risk of contracting influenza. Basic cold and flu prevention techniques such as frequent hand-washing and wiping down communal surfaces will help. To further boost your odds of a healthy season, you can also become more proactive by improving your home’s indoor air quality.
Air Purifiers are Proven to Help
No matter how thoroughly you clean your house, you cannot remove all the microbes from the air. Fortunately, this is where an air purifier comes in. As CNN pointed out, a purifier will circulate the air to remove viruses, bacteria, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, dust and smoke particles. In other words, your risk of catching the flu or a cold will drop, as will your odds of battling allergies.
A Humidifier can Kill Some Flu Germs
Relative humidity levels play a big role in the survival of flu germs. Ideally, your home would be kept between 40-60 percent humidity on a daily basis. Sadly, the Las Vegas Area struggles to reach 40 percent, with an annual average of only 24.7 percent. A humidifier helps even out these odds, and it will also reduce the existence of indoor flu germs by approximately 30 percent.
UV Lights Inactivate Microorganisms
Germicidal ultra-violet lights can actually inactivate the microorganisms that cause the flu. There are handheld devices that make it possible to disinfect small surfaces, including your keyboard and light switches. However, you’re going to get much better results with a UV light attached to your HVAC system.
Want to know more about how we can help you ward off the flu and colds? Check out our indoor air quality page or call (702) 827-5253.