Dry indoor air can cause a number of problems for your health. Humidifiers reduce problems like dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips. Humidifiers can also help ease symptoms of a cold or another respiratory condition.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust.
Are your having problems breathing in your home? Are your allergies getting worse? The problem could be caused by poor air filtration.
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.
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.”
*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.
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