Humidifiers can help keep your family healthy this winter

When we think of winter, cold temperatures, snow and ice come to mind. It’s also important to remember that winter ushers in the flu season, which threatens families from coast to coast. You can battle the onset of flu season with a healthy diet, exercising, washing your hands regularly and visiting your local clinic for a flu shot. Another flu-fighting tactic many folks do not think about is improving and controlling the indoor air quality (IAQ) in their home with the installation of a whole home humidifier.
IAQ is a key component in promoting family health and can help eliminate or even prevent germs and viruses from invading your home. Last month, we discussed the importance of air filtration in enhancing IAQ. In this blog, we concentrate on how proper humidification can improve your home’s IAQ and help your family ward off the flu.
Cooler and drier air that swoops in during the winter are often precursors to low humidity issues in your home. Airborne viruses thrive in low humidity, which also leads to health issues such as dry and cracked skin, sore throat, and heightened allergy and asthma issues. And who likes those uncomfortable static electricity shocks that startle us all? Low humidity can also damage and warp wood furniture (oh no, there goes grandma’s antique piano!), cause separation in wood flooring and create gaps and cracks in windows, cabinets and door molding.
These and other problems sparked by low humidity issues in your home can be easily resolved by installing a humidifier to your home’s HVAC system. Whole home humidifiers that are hooked up directly to the ductwork of your heating and cooling system will completely distribute humidified air throughout your home. Properly humidified air will also help you feel more comfortable at a lower thermostat setting, which can lead to reduced utility bills.
Call your friends at Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to learn more about Aprilaire® humidifiers and other IAQ improvement options, including air purification and ultraviolet light systems.