Dry air can be a problem in almost any home, but it is most during the winter months. The combination of cool, outdoor air and heated indoor air can cause your home to be drier than the Sahara Desert.
Air that’s not properly humidified can have serious health and comfort implications:
- Low relative humidity can make you more susceptible to catching a cold.* And flu viruses have been linked to speedier progression and transmission in dry air.**
- The respiratory infections caused by cold and flu viruses are a leading trigger of asthma in children.† Plus, cold, dry air on its own can aggravate asthma.
But that's not all. Dry air can cause structural damage to your home and possessions, It can cause walls, woodwork and hardwood floors to crack. And those annoying static shocks? They can cause irreparable damage to your electronic equipment.
Dry air can actually make you feel colder at normal temperatures, causing you to overheat your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, for every degree you heat your house, you add four percent to your energy bill.‡
Healthier, more comfortable air is within your reach.
Whole-home humidifiers can help. They are installed as part of your home’s heating and cooling system and automatically deliver the perfect amount of humidified air, not just to one room, but throughout every room of your home
A whole-home humidifier can help you:
- Control health
Maintaining the right humidity level throughout your home not only helps keep your nasal passages and airways healthy, it helps reduce colds and the flu. Even the common cold can be controlled with proper humidity.
According to Dr. Joseph Lubart in an article in the New York State Journal of Medicine, “The most important prevention measure would appear to be proper regulation of the humidity, especially during the heating season with its distressing drying of the indoor air and the creation of an environment favorable to the cold bug.”
- Protect your home
A whole-home humidifier can help keep your possessions protected. Furniture, hardwood floors, musical instruments and electronics are all safer when your home is properly humidified.
- Increase comfort and energy efficiency
Optimal humidity can also help you stay warmer at cooler temperatures. That means you can lower your thermostat and save energy, thereby lowering your heating costs.
Aprilaire is the industry leader in whole-home humidification solutions.
In 1954, we introduced the very first effective whole-home humidification system. Since then, our innovative solutions continue to set the standard for precision whole-home humidification.
Engineered and manufactured in the USA, Aprilaire humidifiers require little maintenance or attention. They will continue to provide whole-home comfort and protection from dry air conditions in your home; automatically, 24/7, from season to season.
*PLOSone, High Humidity Leads to Loss of Infectious Influenza Virus from Simulated Coughs.
**Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Influenza Virus Transmission Is Dependent on Relative Humidity and Temperature; 2007, New York, New York, USA.
†Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Asthma Overview.
‡Environmental Protection Agency. Region 7. Home Helps.