Whole-House Humidification Can Help Remedy Flu

Posted On: February 02, 2013

Many medical experts claim that because influenza and other viruses thrive in low humidity, you can keep colds, flus and respiratory infections at bay by increasing your home’s humidity. In fact, a Mayo Clinic study found that dry environments contribute to the spread of influenza. This is why whole-house humidification can be an effective good-health strategy for your Metro-East home.

A whole-house humidification system installed by a heating and cooling professional delivers the perfect amount of moisture to your indoor air, making you feel warmer and more comfortable while allowing you to turn down the thermostat and save on energy bills. As conditioned air circulates in your HVAC system, it passes through the humidifier, where water vapor is added to the air, which then circulates throughout your home.

A whole-house humidification system will monitor your home’s humidity levels, adding moisture when it’s needed. A whole-house humidifier will help keep your indoor air healthier, no matter what room of your house you are in. In addition to providing a less hospitable environment for the flu and other viruses, studies suggest humidified air also helps:

  • Reduce snoring
  • Relieve chapped lips, dry skin and dry throat
  • Save money on your monthly heating bill since you can maintain a cooler temperature without any loss of comfort
  • Reduce transmission of nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis and acute coryza (also known as the common cold)

While most room humidifiers require daily water filling and frequent maintenance, a whole-house humidifier is plumbed into your water system and requires maintenance as little as once a year.

If you have questions about how to protect yourself and your family from the unhealthy and damaging effects of dry air during the flu season, and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Ernst Heating & Cooling. We have been serving the Metro-East area since 1951.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about Whole-House Humidification and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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