Taking care of yourself and practicing personal hygiene has always been a part of life. Even at a young age, children are reminded to wash their hands frequently until it becomes a habit. Surely, that extra measure will help people avoid getting sick, but that only works if your environment is frequently cleaned too. Without practicing good sanitation in homes, schools, or offices, everyone’s health will still be at risk.
What is sanitation?
Sanitation, in general, 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. Whether it’s cleaning up after your own mess or having a disinfection team to hold a deep cleanse, one thing is clear – sanitizing is very important.
The Importance of Practicing Good Sanitation
Many diseases are passed on not only from person to person, but also from the environment to the 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, as well as 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 your indoor air quality might not be as safe as you think it is.
Indoor Air Quality
You might think that your air is safe as long as nothing smells funny. 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 that 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 as well.
Don’t forget to sanitize your HVAC, too!
The one thing in the home, office, school, or any public place that is responsible for the circulation of indoor air is the HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Your HVAC system is equipped with a filter that can get rid of bacteria, germs, viruses, and all those nasty pathogens and pollutants. It’s important 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 yourself, then you should call on professionals to inspect your HVAC regularly in order to make sure that it is in optimal condition. It’s actually 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 important that the environment in which you live is clean. An environment with poor sanitation will pose a lot of threats to the health of any person, regardless of lifestyle or habits. It’s easier to avoid the spread of infectious diseases, if everything, from surfaces to the air you breathe, is safe and clean.