By this time in the year, we’re all thinking about cold weather, runny noses and sore throats. Sure, we know the common ways we help our bodies stay healthy during the winter months when cold and flu season is in full force. But what about other lesser-known ways you can help your immune system and stay healthy through the winter?

Today we’re breaking down 3 tips, outside of washing your hands and covering your mouth and nose, to keep the sickness away and the home healthy.

Clean and Disinfect Commonly Touched Surfaces

This doesn’t just mean the countertops and door knobs. Even inside of your home, think about places you touch every day. You do the best you can to keep them disinfected but with busy days and a house full of kids, it can be hard. One thing people touch constantly throughout the day is their phone. You probably don’t want to know just how dirty your cellphone is, but this fixture in most people’s day is a source of dirt, grime and germs. Consider the last time you cleaned your phone. Find a safe to use cleaning agent and give your cell phone a much needed cleanse.

Take Care of Yourself

Yes, avoiding contact with sick people is important for escaping the cold or flu, but the best defense is a good offense. The healthier your body, the better equipped it is to fight of germs. Eat healthy, balanced meals, exercise consistently and get plenty of rest at night. Good, restful sleep does not mean dozing with the TV on or with your cellphone in front of your face. Try to shut down electronics and get a solid 7-9 hours every night.

Keep your Home Healthy

Of course we all shut the doors and windows in the winter to keep the cold air out. Part of keeping the cold air out is trapping hot air, and commonly germs, in. Recycling warm, dry air all winter long takes a toll on your body, home and overall health. By using a humidifier through the winter, you can add moisture back to the dry air, making it more difficult for germs to live. Humidifiers also keep the air more comfortable through the winter by maintaining a more consistent temperature that feels comfortable. Cracked lips, dry skin and nosebleeds are all caused by lack of moisture in the air, avoid these signs of winter by installing a humidifier for your home.

Aside from these health benefits, there are many other benefits to a humidifier for your family. If you want to know more about these systems, we would be happy to help, just give us a call!

The winter is tough enough with the snow, sleet and frigid temperatures, the last thing you need is to try to get through it sick. Use these tips with your usual methods for fighting off the flu for a happier, healthier winter season.

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