Cold temperatures can make the transmission of the flu virus more likely in homes without a whole-house humidifier. Investigations performed by virologists show that dry conditions with cold air pull moisture out of flu droplets which are released by coughing and sneezing. Additionally, the body’s immune system isn’t as active during the winter. This, combined with the lingering virus, makes it more likely that you’ll catch the flu, especially if you live in a place like Denver.
There are a few signs to look out for if you aren’t sure whether or not you have dry air in your home. Your skin can feel drier, or you might feel the cold more than you should. This often causes people to increase the temperature on their thermostats. This means that dry air doesn’t only effect your health, but also your energy bill.
If you’re looking for ways to limit your risk of contracting the flu, a whole-house humidifier should be your list of upgrades.
Whole-house humidifiers are designed to keep your entire home at a good humidity level. They’re installed directly into your ductwork and take water from a plumbing supply line in your home. The humidifier produces water vapor, which is released into your air ducts and circulated throughout your home.
Whole-house humidifiers operate using digital humidistats, allowing you to accurately control the humidity levels in your home in order to achieve the best possible results.
For more information on whether a whole-house humidifier can help you and your family, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, contact the pros at the Rheem Pro Partner. We’re happy to help homeowners throughout the Denver and Colorado Springs areas.
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