The approaching winter season can have many concerned because of memories of the harsh weather of winters past. Emerging from the comfort of warm, cosy blankets can make getting out of bed each morning quite difficult. During the winter months are when we typically see an increase in cold and flu-like symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, flu activity generally peaks between December and February. As the mercury drops around Deerfield, Illinois, ensure your heating system is in top condition to keep you comfortable and well throughout the season.
A Cold House can Worsen or Cause Illness
Particularly for the elderly and those who are very ill, very cold temperatures can have serious consequences. Older persons lose body heat faster than others in the household. For someone who is ill, the body’s ability to respond to the cold is diminished. Lack of mobility for these persons also reduces their ability to generate much-needed body heat. Hypothermia does not just occur outdoors. It can be a real threat to the ill and elderly indoors. For the young and otherwise healthy, a very cold house creates problems too, as viruses replicate more easily at low temperatures.
Beyond Temperature Control
A cold house can certainly make things more difficult for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. However, an inefficient heating system can cause other problems besides failing to provide sufficient heating. A furnace that is not working properly can cause carbon monoxide or other gases, as well as various particulates to circulate in the air throughout your home. It is important that your furnace is well-maintained and that the air filter is replaced regularly to prevent buildup of dust and other particles, and so that the system can effectively remove pollutants.
Comfort and Health
In many cases, comfort and health benefits go hand-in-hand in the HVAC industry. If you struggle with heating your home efficiently in the fall and winter, a qualified heating and air conditioning specialist can make a huge difference.
Don’t take chances with the health and well-being of those in your household. Call Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 847-272-5836 if you are in need of efficient heating systems or home heating and furnace services.
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