Improve allergy symptoms with a humidifier
Allergies can be more than just a nuisance for some – they can cause serious health problems. Homeowners looking to lower the level of allergens in their homes can do so by investing in room humidifiers.
Keep the pollutants down
Humidifiers are great in the winter, since they can keep the humidity at a comfortable level. This will keep your skin moisturized and prevent your throat and nasal passages from getting too dry. Additionally, your home will also reap benefits, as the device will also help prevent your wood furniture from splitting, your wallpaper from peeling and lower the potential for static shocks.
The moisture in the air will also weigh down the allergens that are floating around. This can be especially beneficial for homeowners with severe allergies. Additionally, those living with pets will appreciate the benefit. Everyday Health cited an allergist at the Asthma and Allergy Center in Rockville and Silver Spring, Md., Jerry Shier, MD., who pointed out the advantages of having a humidifier if you have allergies.
“Cat dander, in particular, is extremely small and light, and can hang in the air for a very long time,” said Shier. “Using a humidifier makes dust particles heavier and helps them fall more quickly to the ground.”
Humidifiers’ benefits don’t stop there. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated that humidifiers can help with feline asthma. So you and your furry friend can take advantage of these wonderful devices.
Maintain a good environment
Be aware that improper care can defeat the benefits of a humidifier. Always wipe off any surfaces where moisture accumulates and adjust the settings accordingly. Too much humidity can promote bacterial growth, which can cause more problems for homeowners with allergies. It may be wise to invest in a hygrometer to help keep track of humidity levels in the home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the ideal humidity levels for your home in the summer are below 60 percent and the ideal setting for wintertime is between 25 and 40 percent.
There is a wide range of room humidifiers on the market and you’ll have no trouble finding one that fits your budget and lifestyle. Models vary in room coverage, features and more. Be sure to conduct some research before investing in a unit to find one that’s best for you.
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