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3 Reasons To Use A Humidifier During Flu Season

A humidifier adds moisture to the air in your home. There are three reasons to have a whole-house humidifier installed by a professional in your house.

Prevents Influenza

The National Academy of Sciences conducted a study 10 years ago about how humidifiers help to prevent the influenza virus. Flu germs thrive in dry air conditions. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, and this can kill flu germs. A humidity level above 40% can deactivate these germs and make the surviving ones less infectious. If you do get sick, being in a moist environment can help you to heal faster.

Another way a higher humidity level prevents the flu is by adding moisture to your nasal passages, including the tiny hairs (cilia) in them. Moist cilia can better prevent dust, germs, and other pollutants from entering your respiratory system. This helps the body to ward off flu germs and bacteria.

Helps You to Sleep Better

A humidifier helps you to sleep better. It keeps your nasal passages and throat better hydrated. By getting better sleep, you are less likely to catch the flu or otherwise get sick. A humidifier also reduces snoring when you sleep. A dry air environment exacerbates snoring, as the airway is not sufficiently lubricated.

Keeps Your Skin, Lips, and Hair Moist

Flu season is typically the driest part of the year. Skin and lips are more likely to become dry, flaky, or itchy during flu season. By using a humidifier, moist air will help to prevent dry, cracked skin and lips. A lack of moisture also dries out hair, leading to split ends and other issues.

Who to Call for a Whole-House Humidifier

Oconee Climate Control is an HVAC contractor based in Eatonton. We provide HVAC equipment and services to people throughout the counties of Putnam, Greene, Morgan, Baldwin, Hancock, and Jasper. Whether you need preventive maintenance, new equipment installed, or an emergency situation handled, we’re here to serve you. Call us today to learn more.

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