Check out our free Buyer’s Guide and learn how low or fluctuating humidity can negatively affect government buildings.
With over 16 million state and local government employees and thousands of citizens visiting government facilities on any given day, using a non-pharmaceutical intervention like humidity is highly recommended to create a healthy indoor environment for staff and visitors.
Shared workspace, frequent face-to-face interactions, and the constant flow of visitors make government facilities an ideal environment for viruses to spread. Staff and visitors in these facilities are exposed to health and wellness issues caused by overly dry air, such as respiratory problems, skin irritations, dry nasal passages, dry eyes, and sore throats. Studies have shown that keeping relative humidity (RH) levels within 40 to 60 percent is necessary to maintain a healthy indoor environment and reduce the spread of airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.
In addition, the natural defense system of our bodies becomes less effective in dry air, making it harder to fight off infection very effectively. It has been proven that viruses that cause influenza and other flu-like illnesses survive best in low RH environments. Installation of a humidification system allows precise control over the RH in an indoor space to render viruses inactive and less infectious, helping to protect staff, visitors, and the surrounding community.
Issues caused by low or fluctuating relative humidity
Spread of viruses
- Healthy humidification levels can help reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and seasonal influenza in the built environment.
- The World Health Organization has called for non-pharmaceutical approaches to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 (1). Adding humidity is a safe, efficient, and easy way to protect staff, visitors, and the surrounding community.
- Airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, MERS, and Influenza A are expelled as aerosols through breathing, speaking, coughing, and sneezing. Researchers have captured pathogen-bearing aerosols traveling up to 25 feet from a simple sneeze.
Illness and Discomfort
- Dry indoor air has a negative impact on the overall health of staff and those visiting the facility because it allows infections to spread quickly.
- There are real costs associated with health-related issues caused by dry air, including higher staff absentee rates.
Buyer’s Guide: Humidification for Government Buildings
Learn more about how to create a healthy indoor environment with the use of relative humidity to protect your staff, visitors, and the surrounding community.
Contact your local DriSteem representative to learn more about humidity control for government buildings. Use the Find a Rep tool below to find your nearest representative.
Already using humidity control to protect government buildings?
For best performance and highest efficiency, existing humidification systems should be checked to determine if any replacement parts are needed, if any other maintenance needs to be performed, and whether there is a software update available. Contact your local DriSteem representative to learn more.