Even in sunny Florida, it gets cool enough in the winter that the spread of illness, such as the flu and colds, increases. There are a few reasons why winter has earned the inarguable title of “flu season.” Here’s a look at some of them as well as the benefits of adding a whole-house humidifier to your home in the winter to fight dry air.
One primary reason why flu season exists in the winter is because the air is naturally cooler and drier. When an ill person sneezes or coughs and releases flu-laden droplets into the air, the virus is allowed to linger in the air longer because dry air pulls the moisture from these droplets. Some doctors even suspect that the flu virus is more stable in cold temperatures, allowing it to remain in the air even longer.
Another reason the flu is transmitted faster in the winter is because your nasal passages dry out. This makes you more susceptible to the virus because there’s less of a barrier between the inside of your body and the germs outside your body.
To help fight the flu and other uncomfortable symptoms of dry winter air, it could be in your best interest to install a whole-house humidifier. This unit restores moisture to the air that was stolen from it by dry winter conditions.
Whole-house humidifiers provide many benefits other than helping prevent illness. These benefits include:
- Preventing itchy, dry skin
- Putting a stop to static electricity shocks
- Protecting valuable wood flooring, cabinetry, musical instruments and more
- Saving energy by letting you turn the temperature down in the winter without feeling uncomfortable.
As a Florida resident, you deal with excess humidity most of the year, which is why you might also be interested in a whole-house dehumidifier for summer. With these humidity control devices installed, you can maintain better indoor air quality and keep the interior more comfortable all year round.
To learn more, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We have served residents in Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties since 1973.