People are more likely to get sick in winter because they spend more time indoors. Viruses and bacteria can spread through your Surf City, North Carolina, home more easily. Fortunately, you can help prevent winter colds with these three simple tweaks to your HVAC system:

Use an Ultraviolet Air Purifier

An ultraviolet (UV) air purifier uses a lamp that emits UVC light to damage the DNA of microorganisms. As a result, it keeps them from reproducing. This type of light is usually blocked by the atmosphere, unlike the UVA and UVB lights that cause sunburns.

UV lights are ideal for individuals with health problems who are more likely to catch colds. You can choose a coil sterilization light for the inside of your HVAC system’s air handler. You can also have an air sterilization light installed in your ductwork.

Invest in Duct Cleaning

Pests, like cockroaches or mice, can spread illnesses in your ductwork. But even pollutants like pet dander, pollen, dust and dirt can harm your health. They can increase your asthma or allergy symptoms, cause unpleasant smells, and make colds last longer. Duct cleaning can remove contaminants and make the air inside your home healthier and more comfortable to breathe. As a result, it’ll reduce your risk of winter colds.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Finally, you should change your HVAC system’s air filter at least once per month. By doing so, you’ll prevent contaminants from spreading through your ducts and re-circulating in your home. Also, have your system checked by a trusted HVAC professional at least once yearly. That way, you can find and repair any problems that could be reducing your indoor air quality. You’ll also prevent high energy and repair costs.

Pleasant Air Inc. is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 30 years of heating, cooling and indoor air quality experience. We’re proud to offer a one-year parts and labor warranty on all our installations. If you need help preventing unpleasant winter colds and keeping your HVAC system in optimal condition, call us anytime at 910-208-4518.

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