A new year means a new back to school season. Unfortunately though, back to school often also means back to germs. Every year around this time, news reports, statistics, and at-home evidence show a rise in illness among young students and family members. As the warmer months begin to die down and high temperatures are less present to kill off airborne pathogens and bacteria, more and more of us begin to get sick. Especially our little ones in the classroom, as their immune systems are figuring out how to fight off environmental illnesses. This yearly cycle has become our new normal, an expectation even. But what if it didn’t have to be?
Airborne Illness Is Like A Bad Game Of Ping Pong. We’re Tired Of Playing.
By now, many of us have experienced a family member falling ill, affecting someone else, and then the sickness spreading throughout our homes, schools, or office buildings. And just as soon as things seem to be looking up, boom! We’re sick again. Why is that? Why does it seem like illnesses can sometimes be passed around like a bad game of ping pong? Perhaps it’s time to take the focus off of the sickness itself and shift the blame elsewhere. We offer this question: Have you considered that the issue could be your indoor air quality?
What Is Indoor Air Quality and How Is It Affecting Me?
Indoor air quality refers to the health of the air inside of your home. Multiple factors come into play when it comes to your indoor air quality. A few common ones include:
- Pet dander
- Poor ventilation
- Clogged air ducts
- Dirty air filters
- Outside dirt
- And the list goes on…
If your indoor space is impacted by one or more of these factors, chances are you may have poor indoor air quality. Much of the time, homes and businesses– like schools and offices especially– are heavily impacted by more than one of these conditions, which in turn has detrimental health effects. This is especially true during back to school season when illnesses are already at an all-time high. This, unfortunately, creates that ping-pong effect that we described before.
When your indoor air quality is not in healthy, livable condition, there is nowhere for airborne illnesses to go except to circulate right back around. This is why proper, routine HVAC maintenance and repairs during this time of year are so important.
Beat Back To School Season With Proper HVAC Maintenance From Top Notch Heating and Air!
Top Notch Heating and Air offers critical HVAC solutions to help curb illness this back to school season. Though you should always call one of our experts for site-specific recommendations, here are a few tried and true tips that we recommend to get your indoor air quality in top-notch shape.
1 . Change Your AC Filter
This seemingly small change creates a huge impact. Over time, your AC filters accumulate dirt, dust, and debris which restrict proper airflow. Changing them out for newer, clog-free ones is sure to make a world of difference in your overall air quality.
2 . Clean Your Air Ducts
Your air ducts are the primary way that air circulates throughout your home or business. Cleaning your air ducts on a regular basis greatly reduces the amount of potential toxins in circulation.
3 . Replace Your HVAC System
Though this can seem like an extreme solution, sometimes a total system replacement is necessary if your unit has become severely damaged or has conked out due to age. An inoperable system is guaranteed to harm your indoor air quality every time. Replacing your HVAC system for a fully functioning unit is a great long-term solution with long-term benefits.
Contact Your Local Experts!
For back-to-school air quality solutions that last, contact your local experts here at Top Notch Heating and Air! Our highly-trained technicians are more than happy to maintain or repair your commercial HVAC systems to stop sickness at its source this school year. Give us a call today for prompt, professional service near you!