Fight The Flu Clean Your Air Ducts

Fight the Flu! Clean Your Ducts.

40 year old air duct.
This photo shows significant debris build-up in a 40-year-old air duct.

Is Your HVAC system spreading germs?

It’s hard to directly relate flu viruses and colds to dirty air duct systems. However, it is proven that poor indoor air quality can exasperate those conditions. Dust inside the ductwork can harbor dust mites, mold, allergens, animal dander and malodors.

Did you experience an event that could have impacted the indoor air conditions of your house? Some examples are:

  • severe sickness in the house
  • a mold event
  • fire or water damage
  • neglect
  • extensive remodeling
  • or do you see significant debris inside your registers

We recommend that you clean your ductwork if you can say “yes” to any event listed above.

Elderly, Cancer Patients And Very Young Children Are At Risk

Legionella is a bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease. It typically gets spread to people by breathing water vapor that contains bacteria. Normally this occurs within a water supply and not in a home HVAC system. Home air conditioner does not use water for cooling. However, if there is a plugged drain in the condensate line or pan below the air-conditioning coils, then Legionella could grow and spread through your ductwork.  Be sure to check your HVAC system drain and pan for a plugged drain.

The Air conditioning coils and condensate pan are inside this location.

This is the condensate pan under the air conditioning coils.

What Can You Do To Prevent Spreading Germs In Your Home?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infection rates for the 2017-2018 flu season are still rising, higher than those in any year since 2009. How can you help protect your family from the flu and other air-borne illnesses?

Change Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter can help purify the air flowing through your home, and protect your HVAC equipment to keep it running properly. Be sure to research the filter that is best for your furnace and select the HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) rated filter. The HEPA filter is known to trap the extremely small particles, including the germs that can spread the cold and flu.

Hire A Professional

Our service includes a full-service cleaning, one of the most important actions you can take to combat germs in your HVAC system. Our air conditioning maintenance includes a thorough cleaning of both your condensate drain and evaporator coil, both of which are essential for keeping your HVAC system germ free.

If you have questions about cleaning your HVAC unit, need regular maintenance or a piece of your HVAC equipment requires service, contact us today for a free quote 815-235-9606 or email us for more information at info@restorxus.com.