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Does Your Home’s Duct System Need a Flu Shot?

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This flu shot will keep you from sneezing and help with your breathing!

At Harriman Heating & Air Conditioning, we are celebrating the arrival of spring in March by offering our customers a whole-house flu shot. Our tailor-made vaccine restores your indoor air quality and adds a blanket of comfort to your Northville home. Say good-bye to lingering viruses and say hello to a breath of fresh air.

And it all starts with your air ducts.

A Flu Shot for Your Air Ducts?

The air ducts in your home act like a freeway, distributing conditioned air from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Properly maintained, these air ducts help heat and cool every part of your home.

Poorly maintained ductwork, on the other hand, tends to collect dust, pet dander, pollutants, and other allergens. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), some viruses not only survive but thrive and circulate in poorly maintained ventilation systems.

When this happens, your air ducts need a flu shot.

Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Our whole-house flu shot is a special duct sanitization process that can help kill viruses, pollutants, and allergens in your home. At Harriman, we use a product called Benefect Botanical Decon 30 Disinfectant Cleaner—a one-step hospital-grade disinfectant cleaner and the first botanical carpet sanitizer and deodorizer to be registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In laboratory tests, Decon 30 has been proven to kill over 99.9 percent of the EPA’s test microorganisms in under a minute. It is an environmentally friendly product that contains no synthetic chemicals and is mild enough to apply on sensitive kitchen surfaces. You can even use it to clean children’s toys!

Duct Cleaning Pros

Every bit of air in your Michigan home is circulated through your heating and cooling system, over and over again, all year long.

This recirculated air includes allergens, seasonal pollens, pollutants, and potentially dangerous viruses like the flu. Even scarier is how long certain viruses can live in your duct system.

Our team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Harriman Heating & Air Conditioning knows how to thoroughly scrub and seal your air ducts with minimal disruption to your home. We only use industry-approved equipment and will go over the work with you before we begin. The result is improved air quality as fresh as a mountain breeze.

Creating a Healthy Home

Cleaning your home’s ductwork goes a long way toward improving your indoor air quality and removing those pesky pollutants. Your HVAC system also benefits from a healthy set of air ducts.

Heating and cooling costs account for nearly half your monthly utility bill. Maintaining your air ducts keeps your furnace and air conditioner operating at peak efficiency, helping to reduce your energy bills and minimize the chances of a costly repair.

Some other tips to create a healthy home include:

  • Change air filters—Every HVAC system uses an air filter. Most filters need to be changed every three months to be effective—more often if you have pets or a smoker in the home. Check your manufacturer’s manual to see how frequently your air filters need to be changed, and make it a priority to do so.
  • Check humidity levels—The ideal indoor humidity level is between 40 and 50 percent. Anything below that level leads to cracked skin, dry nasal passages, and other issues. If your humidity is consistently higher than 50 percent, it can contribute to the growth of mold, viruses, and bacteria. If you use a humidifier, be sure you keep it clean and in good working order.
  • Maintain your HVAC equipment—Schedule a professional tune-up and inspection of your heating and cooling system at least once a year. Not only can maintaining your HVAC system improve your indoor air quality, but it will also minimize equipment problems during the hottest or coldest days of the year.
  • Consider air purification systems—Remember that not all air purification systems are the same. Different technologies are designed to address particular indoor air issues. In order to kill viruses, you’ll need to be sure your purification system uses UV light, similar to the technology used in hospitals. Some purification systems will combine this technology with other filtration systems to tackle a wider range of indoor air pollutants.

Contact Us for Your Whole-House Flu Shot

Our professional team at Harriman Heating & Air Conditioning is excited to offer a new air duct sanitation cleaning system designed to improve your indoor air quality and add more comfort to your Northville, MI, home. Contact us at 734-271-6200 or request service online to learn more about duct cleaning and schedule your whole-house flu shot today!

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