Grandma Zohner had homemade cures for various illnesses. She believed honey mixed with plenty of onions was the ideal thing to combat a cold or sore throat. Those onions taught me not to complain when I was sick. If nothing else Grandma heard fewer complaints.

Years ago, there were limited cures for colds and flu. Bedrest was probably the best cure then. It was also a time people stayed home out of respect for others so they would not expose them. Today, people venture out loaded with medications to reduce the symptoms.

Some feel they must go to work because they are “irreplaceable” or at risk of losing their jobs. Responsible companies develop good sick leave policies. Our John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s posted policy reads, “John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical cares about the health of our team and customers. Please stay home if you are sick so the illness does not spread, and the healing process proceeds faster”. We also offer free flu shots to John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s team.

Should some businesses have stricter sick policies? According to a survey performed by The Center for Research and Public Policy, 51% of food workers who do everything from grow and process food to cook and serving it said they “always” or “frequently” go to work when they’re sick. The same can probably be said for all businesses, schools, organizations, and the list goes on.

Flu viruses can be spread one day before initial symptoms and five to seven days after that. Approximately 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year because of the flu, and 18% die; the majority are infants and the elderly.

If someone in your home or at work becomes sick with a cold or the flu, are you next? Cold and flu viruses are contagious viral respiratory illnesses that can be transferred in many ways. A simple sneeze in your direction may be all it takes. Any surfaces the carrier sneezes on or touches may make you sick.

Research indicates viruses can live on surfaces from one hour up to a week depending on the type of virus. Disinfecting and cleaning surfaces helps, but some surfaces can be missed or contaminated again after cleaning. There is a better way!
A scientifically proven method to clean and purify your home or office continuously is with an Air Scrubber. This device uses Certified Space Technology developed for NASA to create a safe atmosphere for astronauts on the International Space Station.

Air Scrubbers protects us from dust, germs, odors, pet dander, viruses, and more. An important virus on the list it kills is Norovirus. Other contaminants include E. coli, streptococcus, pseudomonas, hepatitis, and many others.

Air Scrubbers reduce surface micro-organisms up to 99% and up to 90% of airborne contaminants. They also deodorize, purify, and extend the life of HVAC systems.

There are two Air Scrubbers styles available. The AP3000 is a free-standing 120-volt model. The other application attaches easily to heating and cooling systems. This 18-volt system uses proprietary light wave technology along with a specialized catalytic process to keep our homes cleaner.

The flu virus lives longer at humidity levels below 40%. Extremely cold weather makes it more difficult to maintain higher humidity levels because the air is naturally drier, and windows will sweat at high humidity levels. Cold Nebraska winters cause lower than average humidity levels that allow cold and flu viruses to flourish.

Another method to improve air quality is with a Trane CleanEffects air filtration system that removes 99.98% of impurities. The Lennox Pure Air filtration system with ultraviolet lights is another good solution.

Staying healthy requires understanding what’s available, then applying that knowledge. John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s indoor air quality experts can provide their professional expertise to help you make responsible decisions.

John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s provides free advice that is just a phone call away or stop and visit the experts at the John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s booth at the Nebraska Builders Home & Garden Show at the Lancaster Event Center from February 10th through February 12th. Show hours are Friday 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The newest HVAC and plumbing technology will be displayed in our booth including Air Scrubbers, Trane Clean Effects and Lennox Pure Air filtration systems, Honeywell humidifiers, a WIFI capable thermostat, a tankless water heater, a Reverse Osmosis (R.O.) system, a saltless water softener, and lots more.

Technology can keep you healthier, more comfortable, and save energy!

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