Did you know that the spread of the flu has more to do with absolute humidity than the temperature? Although most people associate the cold of winter with the start of the flu season, it’s actually the dryness of winter that spreads the virus.
“Relative humidity is a function of temperature. During the dry winter, relative humidity is low in a warm house but high in the cold outside. Absolute humidity, however, is simply the total amount of water in the air. The less water in the air, the longer the flu virus survives. And that leads to a greater chance of someone catching the bug.”
– 60-Second Science Podcast Episode: Humidity Helps Fight Flu
Healthy Humidity Control
Proper humidity levels (between 30% and 60%) can reduce the transmission of viruses and minimize virus survival rates in your home. That’s one of the main benefits of an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, along with increased comfort and preserving your home’s value.
Here are some dos and don’ts when you’re ready to tackle the humidity in your home to increase comfort and help protect your family during cold and flu season.
DO – Aim to keep your humidity between 30% and 60%. Whether you’re reducing summertime humidity with an Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier or increasing wintertime humidity with an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, the ideal humidity range for your Healthy Home is between 30% and 60%. When it’s too high or too dry, humidity can impact your Indoor Air Quality and, ultimately, your family’s well-being.
DON’T– Ignore the warning signs that your indoor humidity is too low: static shock, cracks in the floorboards, creaky furniture, chipped paint, dry skin and sinuses, and withering plants.
DO – Install an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier that offers easy, programmable solutions. You’ll have greater control of your humidity throughout the day, and won’t have to constantly monitor the levels.
DON’T – Forget to clean or replace your specialized filter/water panel regularly. Some humidifier filters are washable, while some need to be replaced entirely. To maximize the effectiveness of your humidifier, follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the frequency of this cleaning or exchange.
Healthy Humidity plays a central role in our overall wellness, especially during cold and flu season. You can start creating a healthy environment with an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, which can provide effective virus protection and defend your home from dry winter air. It’s part of the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™, which also includes fresh air ventilation and air filtration. By focusing on healthy indoor air, you can help keep you and your family happy, healthy, and more comfortable in your home this winter and for years to come.
Find a Healthy Air Professional in your area today to get started.