How to Breathe Easily with a Humidifier
If you have allergies and are prone to waking up each morning with a dry nose and mouth, you may find that your bedroom can be much more comfortable with a humidifier.
Depending on its level, humidity can either quell or exacerbate your allergies. Lower levels of humidity tend to negatively impact the nasal passage, resulting in congestion, irritation, and inflammation, while higher levels can typically alleviate these symptoms. Having room humidifiers in your home increases the moisture, which will keep the humidity level from dropping too low. However, if you use a humidifier the wrong way, you can worsen your allergies. Ensure you’re treating your breathing trouble the correct way by following some of these humidifying tips.
Monitor the level
While dry air can cause flare-ups in your nasal passage, having too much humidity in your home can also affect your allergies. When the humidity is increased, it can lead to dust mites, which grow best in moist areas. To prevent the growth of dust mites in your home, make sure that your humidifier is keeping the humidity level between 30 and 45 percent. You can use a hygrometer, an instrument specially designed to measure moisture content in the air.
Not only can mites flourish when there’s moisture in a space, but mold spores can also form. Mold spores can greatly exacerbate respiratory problems, especially for individuals who have a mold allergy. If mold begins to grow in the humidifying unit, it will then be blown into your home. Although many humidifier models have filters that are coated with a special material that slows mold growth, an old and dirty filter can still lead to the creation of mold over time. Humidifier filters should be cleaned on a regular basis – once every week or two – to block the formation of mold. It’s also best to change the humidifier filter every two months. Humidifier models that come with a filter pad that absorbs mineral deposits and other residue also need to have those pads replaced about every three weeks.
Use the right water
If you have severe allergies that spark when exposed to dust or mold, it may be helpful to fill your humidifier with distilled or demineralized water. High levels of minerals in water can lead to bacteria growth that results in white dust being released into the air. White dust can cause irritation in the nasal passages and respiratory system, so cutting down on the mineral content can keep your sinuses clear.
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