As we head into cold and flu season, it’s worth taking note of these household ideas to keep germs at bay.
1. Add an air purifier. As the cooler weather blows in, we spend more time indoors, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher than outdoor air pollution. An air purifier can control pollutants, chemical vapors and even odors in your home.
2. Change your furnace filter. If you have an HVAC system, change the filter to ensure not only cleaner air but also more efficient airflow and operating efficiency.
3. Invest in a good bathroom exhaust fan. Protect your bathroom and your health with a fan that will not only remove the excess moisture from the air that can cause walls, paint and trim to deteriorate, but also discourage illness-causing mold and mildew to develop.
4. Consider no-touch faucets. One of the first rules of staying healthy is to wash your hands often. But why run the risk of re-infecting clean hands by touching a germy faucet when those sensor-operated faucets you’ve seen in public washrooms are now available for home use too? The water starts flowing when it detects your hand under the faucet, so you can avoid touching any germs left on the faucet from the last person.
5. Keep disinfecting wipes handy. Stop the spread of germs by consistently wiping down hard services in busy rooms. These include countertops, doorknobs, faucets, refrigerator handles, phones, computers and laptops, and TV remotes.