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August 21, 2020

How You Can Help Protect Your Home From COVID-19 This Winter

With colder months just ahead, and a predicted surge in COVID-19 cases as a result, how can you help protect your home from spreading COVID-19 should a guest or family member be exposed.

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The answer is humidity. Put simply, humidity and coronavirus are not compatible. Studies have shown that humidity can reduce the rate of flu and virus infection by making the germs less viable and reducing the amount of time they hang in the air.

How It Works

According to the American Society for Microbiology in their Journal of Virology, dry conditions help to promote the spread of viruses. This is why we see an uptick in viral infections in colder months when humidity rates are lower. The aerosols that we release whenever we breathe, speak, cough, sneeze, or even laugh are made up of mostly water. In dryer air, these linger longer in the air. In humid air, they get heavier and drop more quickly to the ground.

Smart Thermostats & Smart Humidifiers

Smart thermostats have humidity sensors that monitor and regulate humidity levels in your home. A smart humidifier is also helpful in keeping relative humidity levels within the ideal range of 40% – 60% if your heating system does not have humidity control included.