Cold season is in full effect. The combination of Winters cold, dry atmosphere, a turned-up thermostat, and closed windows can create chaos in your respiratory system. The best way to to replenish your home with moisture and reduce your susceptibility to infections is to invest in in a humidifier.
What is it?
A humidifier is an electronically powered device that increases the humidity or moisture in your home by emitting water vapor into the air.
How do I know if I need one?
Dy air in your house can cause dry skin which worsens when exposed to cold temperatures. To determine whether you need a humidifier or not, see if you qualify for any of the following symptoms:
- dry/itchy skin
- cracked lips
- itchy eyes
- bloody nose
- irritated/sore throat
- trouble breathing
Additionally, those who suffer from eczema or asthma should consider purchasing a humidifier as they help prevent outbreaks and attacks when there is a change in temperature or humidity. Adding a few drops of liquid menthol to the water inside your humidifier will help clear and sooth air passages.
What are the benefits?
- Reduced the risk of infections
- Softer, more vibrant skin
- Comfortable sinuses
- Faster healing times
- Alleviate snoring
- Improved sleep
- Healthier household plants
- Protect wood furnishings
- Reduced heating bill
What type of humidifier do I want?
There are many humidifiers that vary in benefits as they add moisture to the air in different ways.
Evaporative Humidifiers – The most common type of humidifier where a cool moisture is added to the air. These humidifiers are best for individuals suffering from eczema. This device uses a fan that blows air through a wick filter. The wick filter traps impurities, such as minerals, that may be present in the water. These filters should be replaced every two months to ensure your humidifier is letting off pure, clean air.
Warm Mist Humidifiers – These systems use a heating element to boil the water in the humidifier before releasing water steam into the air. For those who live in a cold climate, the warm mist helps makes a room feel warmer than it actually is. Warm mist humidifiers are more quiet than cool mist humidifiers because they do not use a fan.
Ultrasonic Humidifiers – These are the quietest humidifiers you can buy. This humidifier uses the power of a high frequency breaking sound waves to vibrate a metal diaphragm to an “ultrasonic” frequency, breaking down the water into fine vapor mist. Some ultrasonic humidifiers come with a heating element which helps eliminate bacteria growth in the water.
Where should I put my humidifier?
You can put your humidifier in any room of your home that you see fit. Generally, if you are trying to keep eczema and asthma under control, placing the humidifier in your bedroom allows for the best results. Be sure to place the unit a reasonable distance away from draperies and furniture. Keep an eye on the dampness of the area surrounding your humidifier. If these areas become too damp if can cause bacteria and mold to grow which will make it more difficult for you to breathe.
How much maintenance is required?
Humidifiers require relatively low-maintenance. You should regularly clean the water tank to ensure mold, mildew, and bacteria are not growing inside the compartment. In addition to cleaning, replacing the water upon every other use will help avoid the growth of bacteria in your system. To save a lot of work for youself, using distilled and demoralized water inside your humidifier will cut down the amount of times you need to be cleaning your water tank.
If you already have a humidifier but are unable to use it because it is not working properly, you can find all it’s replacement parts on our website: Humidifier Parts