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Originally published in September 2016, updated in March 2020.

The spring and fall seasons can bring many new types of pollen and irritants into the Auburn, Alabama, air. Kids going to school may also cause some seasonal problems with rampant colds and other viruses passing from child to child. You can battle both problems with these smart tips for keeping your home and air clean.

Change Your Air Filters To Battle Colds

When was the last time you changed the air filter in your HVAC system? The answer should be within the last three months. Your system needs a fresh filter every one to three months to keep your air as clean as possible. If it’s been more than 30 days and you’re battling the sniffles, pop in a new filter to freshen up the air and eliminate any lingering bacteria or allergens hiding in that old filter.

Improve Your Diet

What you eat is as important as what you breathe. Putting healthier items in your body will give it the strength it needs to fight off fall and winter colds. Include plenty of fresh produce in your diet. A tablespoon of raw local honey may help desensitize you to pollen in the air. Yogurt with probiotics or a probiotic supplement will also help you stay healthy.

Clean Up the Air With an Air Purifier

Consider installing a whole-home air cleaner or purifier in-line with your HVAC system to help keep your air fresher. A filter is a good start, but an electronic air cleaner, HEPA filtration system, or ultraviolet air purifier will go above and beyond. This is particularly smart for homes of allergy or asthma sufferers.

We carry several Bryant® Perfect Air Purifiers. These air purifiers have the patented Captures and Kills™ technology that removes viruses, bacteria, pollen and biologic particulates and spores from the air you breath. It is able to capture 99% of the pathogens in your indoor air and either kills them or renders them inert. Your indoor air is not just filtered, it is re-purified up to 8 times per hour as your HVAC system circulates air through your home.

Handle Humidity For Colds

If the air is too dry in your home, it can cause a dry nose and throat that will only make colds or flu feel worse. If you’re dealing with frequent bloody noses, a scratchy throat, or dry skin and hair, you probably have low humidity. Consider installing a humidifier to fix this problem.

If you’re looking for advice on the best products and systems to improve indoor air quality in your home, contact Indoor Solutions at 706-225-8241.

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