With flu season right around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about how to protect yourself from this and other common cold-weather diseases, illnesses and infections. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
Get a flu vaccine – The Ministry of Health in the U.A.E recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines become available. This is especially important for people at high risk of flu complications, including children, pregnant women, individuals 65 years of age or older and individuals who suffer from chronic health conditions.
Have your AC System Cleaned
You can keep the surfaces in your home clean with disinfectants, but it’s also important to consider the air you’re breathing. Most modern homes here in Dubai have the Air Conditioning switched on during the hot-weather months that airborne bacteria and viruses can easily flow indoors through the Air Ducts. AwalExperts and its AC Duct Cleaning Services is one of the best lines of defense against these pathogens, proving to drastically Improve Indoor Air Quality, destroying more than 99% of the flu virus on the first pass.
Control humidity levels
According to CNN, “homes kept at 40-60% relative humidity are likely to have fewer flu viruses lingering in the air and on surfaces like sink faucets, door handles and countertops.” If the air inside your home is dry, consider using a cool mist humidifier, which can also help relieve congestion and coughs.
Keep your hands clean
Did you know that approximately 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch? think about all the objects you touch throughout the day once you leave the house: doorknobs, stairway railings, shopping carts, etc. According to the CDC, washing your hands is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Every time you bite your nails or rub your eyes, you could be increasing your chances of getting the flu, as this is one of the main ways that a virus can enter your system. Keeping your hands clean helps, but try to avoid touching your face just to be safe.
How often should the duct system be cleaned ?
Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the homeowner. Some of the things that may lead a homeowner to consider more frequent cleaning include:
- Smokers in the household
- Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
- Water contamination or damage to the home or AC system
- Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system
- After home renovations or remodeling
- Prior to occupancy of a new home.
Why should I have my entire system cleaned at the same time ?
Over a period of time, especially in the middle east, dust particles get consolidated rapidly in the air duct AwalExperts cleans and disinfects your entire system, including all supply and return vents, air ducts, as well as evaporator coils, blower, drainage trays and air filters. By cleaning the whole system, you avoid dirt and bacterias from areas that weren’t cleaned blowing back into areas that were cleaned as soon as you turn on your AC system.
Will the cleaning process damage my furniture or belongings ?
Before starting the cleaning process the first step our technicians take is to cover all of the furniture with plastic sheets, so the dust and cleaning products used do not damage anything.
In most cases there is a lot of dust falling when the AC ducts are cleaned, so with the protective sheets all of your furniture will be out of harm’s way.
Do I need to have my air ducts cleaned if my house is new ?
Surprisingly enough, yes. Construction debris is one of the most common types of contamination that we find in air duct systems. Fine particulates, such as drywall dust or sawdust, as well as other materials, can make their way into your system when the construction crews are cleaning up. The only way to thoroughly remove all of these pollutants from your system is through professional cleaning.