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With Flu Season Starting, Can My HVAC System Reduce My Chances of Catching it?

It’s no wonder that in Atlanta and across the country, up to 15 percent of the population suffer the headaches, fever, chills and muscle aches associated with influenza each year. Every time someone with the flu coughs or sneezes, the chances that the airborne virus will find another victim increases. Flu viruses can survive on surfaces too, sometimes for as long as 72 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, making a few changes to your HVAC system can help inactivate the microorganisms and reduce your chances of the catching the flu this season.

High-Efficiency Filters

In addition to blocking biological pollutants like mold spores, dust mites and pet dander, regularly changing the filters in your central HVAC system can help keep the flu virus at bay. A whole-home filtration system is even more effective. Designed for installation inside the return-air ductwork, Carrier’s Comfort EZ Flex system features a deeply pleated filter that traps up to 65 percent of microscopic particulates.

Ultraviolet Lights

Scientific studies have found the use of UV lighting effective at inactivating influenza viruses, including the H1N1 strain known as the swine flu. Carrier’s Performance Ultraviolet Germicidal UV Light is engineered to kill microorganisms that can grow moist environments like the indoor coils and condensate pan in your air conditioner. UV lighting mounted into HVAC ductwork can inactivate viruses and bacteria that pass through the irradiated duct zone as well.

Indoor Air Quality Services

As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning is pleased to offer a 30-minute indoor quality test that can quickly detect airborne pollutants in your home. The analysis helps identify the best solutions so that everyone in your household can breathe a sigh of relief.

For more information about how Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning can help keep you and your family healthy this season, explore our indoor air quality solutions or call 678-369-0500.

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