Three Ways To Keep Your Home Healthier During Flu Season


Nobody loves flu season. Between the aches, congestion, and fatigue, the flu is definitely an illness you want to avoid. One way to reduce your risk of the flu is to do a better job of keeping your home clean and well ventilated. Specifically, you'll want to follow these three strategies:

Get your carpet cleaned.

Your carpet can harbor all sorts of bacteria and viruses, including the flu virus. Vacuuming won't do much to remove the virus, but having your carpet steam-cleaned at a high temperature will. Since most home carpet shampooers don't get very hot or do a thorough job of extracting water after they clean, it's best to have your carpet professionally cleaned. On your request, your carpet shampooing professional may even be able to use an antiseptic cleaner to further rid your carpet of germs.

Open the windows now and then.

During the winter, homes tend to be poorly ventilated since you don't open the windows or run an air conditioner to draw in outdoor air. As a result, viral particles tend to get trapped inside, increasing your chances of contracting the flu. Every couple of days, get into the habit of opening your windows for just a little while to air out your home. Turn your heat off temporarily while you do this so you're not wasting so much energy. Don't let your home get too chilly. Even opening the windows for 10 or 15 minutes, and then turning the heat back on, will do plenty of good.

Disinfect surfaces regularly.

There are many surfaces that can become home to the flu virus, which is capable of surviving on surfaces for up to 24 hours. Chances are, there are some areas of your home that are not being disinfected often enough. Here are a few you should aim to wipe down with a disinfectant solution eat least once a day:

  • Door knobs
  • Cabinet handles (especially those that you use regularly)
  • Bathroom sinks and vanities
  • The refrigerator handle
  • Faucet knobs
  • Your keyboard
  • The remote control

When trying to protect themselves from the flu, so many people focus on their bodies and personal health. While these aspects are important, they will only go so far if your home is not cleaned and maintained properly. By having your carpet cleaned, disinfecting your hard surfaces more often, and letting in some fresh air, you'll be decreasing your risk of the flu even further.


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