Cold And Flu
Eczema And Psoriasis
Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Legionnaires Disease
Lung Cancer
Sick Building Syndrome

Indoor transmission of disease that is caused by obligate pathogens (microbes that require a living host) is common in indoor environments especially those that are inadequately ventilated.   People who get sick in the winter often attribute it to the cold weather, while in fact the microorganisms being circulated in the ventilation systems are most often the culprit.   We spend 90% of our time indoors and in winter, do not even open the windows for fresh air, so the viruses stay circulating in the home for longer periods.   Very low humidity (less than 20%) can cause an increase in the spread of viruses, adding humidity with a well-maintained humidifier is necessary in colder climates.    10% of all colds are caught outdoors, meaning 90% are caught indoors and 35-50 million North Americans get the flu every year.    

Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses.   Children are 2-3 times more likely to get the flu than adults and the elderly and children are the most at risk because a simple cold or flu can result in a more serious illness. Those with existing conditions are more susceptible to infection.   More than 100 000 people are hospitalized and 36 000 die each year from the flu and complications.

With fewer allergens and pollutants in your home your immune system will not have to work as hard, allowing it to rest and regain strength, therefore improving you and your family's ability to fight off cold, flu and other diseases.
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Some aches and pains
  • Chest Discomfort/Cough
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Earache
  • Fever (102-104°F) lasting 3-4 days
  • Headache
  • General aches and pains can be severe
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Chest Discomfort/Cough
  • Complications include Bronchitis and Pneumonia

To lessen your chances of contracting a cold or the flu it is important to:

  • Clean and maintain your Air Ducts, Furnace Filter and Air Cleaners regularly so biological contaminants are kept to a minimum and viruses are not being circulated throughout your home
  • Keep dust to a minimum using a wet rag when dusting to reduce the dust becoming resubmitted into the air
  • Keep air conditioner clean and maintained by a professional and be sure to maintain your system before the season starts
  • Wash your hands regularly to prevent spreading viruses to other family members in the home
  • Keep humidity between 30-50%, using a Humidifier in the winter when colds and flues are most prevalent and humidity is at its lowest, and a Dehumidifier in summer months when humidity can be too high causing mould growth.
If your family is suffering from chronic colds or flu, call Home Heroes today to assess the air that your family breathes and create a maintenance plan for your specific needs to keep your home healthy!
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