Taking care of yourself and practicing personal hygiene have always been a part of life. Even at a young age, children are reminded to wash their hands frequently until it becomes a habit. Indeed, that extra measure will help people avoid getting sick, but that only works if your environment is frequently cleaned. Without practicing good sanitation in homes, schools, or offices, everyone’s health will still be at risk.
That’s why proper sanitation is essential, whether at home or in the workplace. Ensuring that your surroundings are clean and free of germs can help stop the spread of illness-causing bacteria.
There are many ways to maintain good sanitation. Some of the most critical include:
- Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.
- Cleaning surfaces often, using a disinfectant.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick.
What is sanitation?
Sanitation generally means preventing the transmission of pathogens and pollutants from the environment to a person. It aims to protect public health by ridding a space of contaminants that could lead someone to get infected. So whether it’s cleaning up after your mess or having a disinfection team to hold a deep cleanse, one thing is clear – sanitizing is very important.
There are a few key ways to sanitize an area. The first is using physical means to remove contaminants, such as sweeping or mopping spills. The second is using chemical agents, like disinfectants, which kill pathogens on contact. And the third is by using heat, which can also kill germs and bacteria.
Of course, different areas will require different levels of sanitation. For example, a hospital would need to be much more heavily sanitized than a home. But no matter where you are, keeping things clean and free of contaminants is essential.
The Importance of Practicing Good Sanitation
Many diseases are passed on from person to person and from the environment to person, especially when you touch things that are not sanitized. Sanitation ensures that the air you breathe, plus the things or people you come into contact with, are safe.
Using proper and efficient sewage systems and frequently cleaning areas with commercial disinfectants makes surfaces clean and safe from viruses. However, the air that you breathe is often neglected when cleaning. Maybe your tabletops and seats are clean, but indoor air quality might not be as safe as you think.
Indoor Air Quality
You might think your air is safe as long as nothing smells funny. But unfortunately, scents aren’t the only indicator of bad indoor air quality. If the air surrounding you isn’t good, then the inhabitants of your home or occupants of your office will get sick sooner or later.
What’s worse is that the disinfectants and cleaning agents you use to keep your surfaces spotless could leak into the air, join all those nasty contaminants floating around, and cause either short- or long-term health problems.
Don’t forget to sanitize your HVAC, too!
The one thing in the home, office, school, or any public place responsible for indoor air circulation is the HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Your HVAC system is equipped with a filter to eliminate bacteria, germs, viruses, and all those nasty pathogens and pollutants.
It’s essential to clean your filter or replace it frequently as part of your sanitation routine so that the elements that are stuck to the filter won’t find their way back into the air you breathe.
However, doing so is never enough. Unless you’re an HVAC technician, you should call on professionals to inspect your HVAC regularly to ensure that it is in optimal condition. In addition, it’s cheaper to conduct maintenance checks on your unit rather than have it break down, get it repaired or replaced, or worse, have a family member or friend get sick.
Personal hygiene is an important aspect of protecting yourself from getting infected, but it is still essential that the environment in which you live is clean. An environment with poor sanitation will pose many threats to any person’s health, regardless of lifestyle or habits. It’s easier to avoid spreading infectious diseases if everything, from surfaces to the air you breathe, is safe and clean.
ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed, we’re on-call and ready to assist you. So if you’re in need of an HVAC installation, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection! Our HVAC installation experts will check your ductwork, measure, check wire sizes, and more before making recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort. Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC installation team online by clicking here.