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The Relationship of Relative Humidity and Airborne Viruses

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Winter is upon us and cold temperatures are forcing us to retreat inside for warmth. Unfortunately, as we increase the temperature on our thermostat, we also remove moisture from the indoor air, thus lowering our home’s relative humidity (RH). Low relative humidity and airborne viruses can impact the transmission rate of COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold.

Keep Your Home’s Relative Humidity Between 40-60%

ASHRAE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend keeping your home’s relative humidity between 40-60%.

AprilAire Humidifier & Relative Humidity

A whole-home AprilAire humidifier can help reduce the transmission rate of airborne viruses by adding moisture back into your home’s air. Keeping the humidity in your home between 40-60% will help reduce the negative effects of dry indoor air like dry skin, chapped lips, and sore throats.

It will also help protect your home’s furnishings that can crack in dry air. We have a number of different humidifiers to keep your home properly moisturized depending on the need. Each humidifier is manufactured and designed in the United States and comes with a 5-year warranty. In addition, you do not have to empty water trays as you would with a portable unit.

AprilAire Healthy Air System®

For the ultimate effective virus protection, the AprilAire Healthy Air System® combines humidity control with fresh air ventilation and air filtration to keep your home protected from airborne viruses. The system helps dilute and remove contaminants from the air to help you breathe easier in your home. Additionally, the system can be customized depending on your area’s specific climate needs.

Maintain Relative Humidity & Lower Transmission Airborne Virus Rates

To find the right AprilAire whole-home humidifier for your home and to ask about the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, contact a Healthy Air Professional in your area to learn more about the impact of relative humidity and airborne viruses.

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