Cold and flu season can be a trying time under even the best circumstances. If your family is suffering from long, lingering colds in your Charles Town, West Virginia, home, your indoor air quality could be to blame. Addressing the overall air quality in your home may yield some surprising benefits for your health. If you’re looking for a fresh way to tackle your cold symptoms, consider getting to the root of the issue and cleaning the air in your house so these viruses are sucked away before they reach you in the first place.

Poor Air Quality Causes Inflammation

If you have poor indoor air quality (IAQ) with contaminants lingering in the home, you may experience ongoing trouble with inflammation and irritation. The body will release inflammatory agents in response to many different irritants. You may have inflammation from dust mites, allergens, or other irritants that are circulating unchecked through the home.

When this is exacerbated by a cold virus, your body suddenly has multiple issues to contend with. The result is often a lingering cold that you feel like you can’t kick. The existing inflammation makes it harder for your body to fight off the new invader, so you’re likely to get sick easier and stay sick longer. Keeping your home clean will help you avoid many colds, and those that you do catch will be easier to kick if the house is well maintained.

Viruses Can Linger Longer

Viruses will find a home with poor IAQ much more welcoming than one where the air is clean. If you have a dirty air filter, this can harbor viruses and other contaminants. Make sure you’re changing your air filter regularly during cold and flu season and keeping up with regular system maintenance visits. If you notice your family getting sick regularly or taking a long time to recover, swap out your air filter to make sure you’re getting rid of any hidden hazards.

You should also look to other places in the home that airborne contaminants can hide. Your vacuum cleaner is one such culprit. If you have viruses lingering in the chamber of your vacuum cleaner, they can become airborne anytime that you run it. Keep your vacuum clean and look to a model with a HEPA filter for the best virus protection.

Improper Humidity Makes Symptoms Worse

Humidity is a tricky part of your IAQ. If the humidity levels in the home are too high, you risk creating a comfortable harbor for viruses. However, if the humidity is too low, you may suffer from dry, cracked nasal passages, which make it easier to get sick and more difficult to heal. In the winter months, dry heat is a more common problem than excess humidity.

Adding a humidifier to your home can help improve both your comfort and your health. Dry air feels colder than air with proper humidity, so you may save on your heating bill when you increase the humidity slightly. Banishing dryness can also ease itchy eyes, dry skin, and other problems.

Low IAQ Causes Its Own Symptoms

It’s often difficult to distinguish the symptoms of a cold or flu from those of allergies and poor IAQ. If you suffer frequently from congestion, itchy eyes, and headaches, you may think that it’s a string of colds when the problem is really with the air quality in your home. Dust mites, pollen, dander, and other irritants can linger in your air ducts or air filter.

Installing an air purifier in the home will help you achieve cleaner air throughout the house. This whole-home system pulls contaminants from the air as they circulate through your central heating and cooling system. If you’re suffering from a cold that you can’t kick, addressing your air quality is a smart place to start.

Are you struggling to kick that cold this season? If your indoor air quality leaves something to be desired, give our professionals at Griffith Energy Services a call at 888-474-3391. We’ll help you find the right IAQ solutions for your home so you can breathe easy and get healthy.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

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