In the pursuit of energy efficiency, we have been sealing our homes and, as a result, trapping odours, humidity, cleaning chemicals, and more into the air we breathe. Living in such a tight bubble and in close proximity to these substances can have a negative effect on our health, so understanding indoor air quality is important.
In a Boston University study, research showed that having very low humidity in your home can create an environment where viruses like influenza survive and flourish. It was also found that very low humidity can increase your susceptibility to catching these viruses.
Research has shown that increasing relative humidity levels to 40% can result in a significant reduction in flu cases by up to 60%, particularly in a classroom of children.
While higher relative humidity is beneficial to your health, it may result in some unintended consequences for your home. Finding and maintaining the perfect balance can be difficult to do on your own.
“Dry indoor air is bad for humans,” says Dr. Stephanie Taylor, a Harvard Medical School lecturer, pediatric oncologist, and molecular biologist. “Dry indoor air fosters the presence of more infectious bacterial viruses.”
At Cross Heating & Air Conditioning, we have professional testing equipment understanding indoor air quality and moisture levels. Once these tests have been completed, we can offer solutions to help filter, ventilate, and humidify the air in your home.
We offer a variety of filters, filtering systems, and ventilators to exchange the air inside your home with clean air from outside. In the winter, maintaining ideal moisture levels in your home can be difficult and finding the right balance is key.
Contact us to ensure that you have the best solution for your health and your home, and one of our home comfort service technicians will help determine the best solution for you.