Here comes winter and of course, that means here comes cold weather, snow and ice. Unfortunately, winter also brings with it the flu season, an annual concern for families from coast to coast. There are many ways you and your family can prevent and battle the flu; including eating healthy, exercising often, washing your hands regularly and getting a seasonal flu shot if you choose to. But another preventative tactic overlooked by many folks is controlling the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home by installing a humidifier.
IAQ is an important factor in promoting family health and can help eliminate or even prevent nasty germs and allergens from invading your home. Last month, we looked at how air filtration can enhance IAQ; this month, we turn our attention to proper humidification and how it can improve IAQ in your home and help your family battle the flu bug.
Winter air is generally cooler and drier, and this can translate into low humidity issues in your home. One major problem is that some airborne viruses can thrive in low humidity. Low humidity also contributes to other health issues; such as dry, cracked skin, sore throat and accelerated allergy and asthma symptoms. Low indoor humidity may also lead to warped wood furniture (uh oh, there goes grandma’s antique piano), separation in wood flooring, and cracking and gapping of molding around windows and cabinets.
One way to tackle low humidity levels – and the problems they create in your home – is to install a whole-house humidifier to your heating and cooling system. These humidifiers are connected directly to the ductwork of your HVAC system and will efficiently distribute humidified air throughout your home. Properly humidified air can also help you save on your utility bills. How? Lower humidity results in greater comfort at lower temperatures, allowing for lower thermostat settings.
There are other solutions to promoting better IAQ and keeping the flu bug out of your home, including the installation of air purification and ultraviolet light systems. Give The General a call today to learn more about these systems, how to tackle those low humidity issues, and all other heating and cooling needs.