Houston air quality expert offers tips to limit indoor exposure to COVID-19 and flu viruses

HOUSTON, Sept. 19, 2023 ~ As COVID-19 variants continue to spread and flu season approaches, Houston-based HVAC company Horizon Air Solutions is urging homeowners to ensure their homes are properly ventilated and equipped with air purification systems.

Owner and president of Horizon Air Solutions, Jorge Bassante, believes that many homeowners are unaware of the potential dangers of indoor air pollutants.

"Many people think that the air inside their homes is healthier than the air outside, but studies have shown that this isn't always the case," said Bassante. "With COVID-19 and the flu virus on the rise, it's important for homeowners to make sure their homes are properly ventilated and have air purification systems installed."

Houston's warm climate contributes to higher ozone levels in the area, which can lead to airborne illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu. According to news reports, hospital admissions related to COVID-19 in Harris County are still increasing on a weekly basis while they are decreasing in other parts of Texas.

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Bassante recommends several steps homeowners can take to improve their home's air quality: changing HVAC filters regularly; controlling humidity levels with humidifiers or dehumidifiers; using fans in bathrooms and kitchens; improving ventilation; installing an air purification system; identifying sources of poor IAQ and controlling them; and cleaning dirty ductwork. He also advises consulting a professional if there is suspicion of exposure to dangerous substances like carbon monoxide or asbestos.

"Make sure your HVAC contractor is licensed and insured," said Bassante. "This isn't something you want to risk by leaving it in the hands of someone who isn't certified."

For more information about Horizon Air Solutions, visit https://www.horizonairsolutions.com/.
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