Why should you use a humidifier?
Room humidifiers are devices that create extra moisture in the air, but they add much more to an environment than just mist. These household appliances can help alleviate allergy symptoms, refreshen your skin and enhance your sense of well-being.
If you’re hesitant about investing in one of these appliances, consider these following reasons why it may be beneficial to have a humidifier in your household.
Improve your allergies
If you’re used to rolling out of bed each morning with a dry mouth, stuffy nose and a sore throat, then it may be time to try out a humidifier. When the air is dry and stale in your home, it can cause some serious damage to your throat and nasal passageways, as well as trigger congestion in your sinuses and cause bloody noses.
“The nose is supposed to provide humidity and warmth and clean the air that passes through it,” Michigan-based doctor Mark Zacharek told Everyday Health. “Forced heating systems in homes and workplaces often over-dry the nasal passages, aggravating allergies and sinusitis.”
These symptoms don’t just occur in the wintertime, but can also reveal themselves during the summer when the air conditioner is blasting. By using a humidifier that keeps your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 45 percent, you’ll be able to counteract the dryness of your nose and throat and improve the health of your sinuses.
However, if you’re allergic to common indoor irritants like dust, you must take extra precautions while using a humidifier. Dust mites flourish in environments with moisture, so elevating the humidity level in your home can lead to an increase of dust mites. To keep your allergies from flaring, monitor the humidity level with a hygrometer so it doesn’t rise above 45 percent.
Treat your asthma
Not only does dry air exacerbate allergies and lead to sinus congestion, but it can also trigger asthma attacks. This is especially true during the winter, as cold air, which naturally has less humidity, dries out the mucus lining in your lungs. The more the cold, dry air drains your lungs, the more likely a viral infection will develop and lead to an asthmatic incident. To guard against an attack, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that asthmatics use room humidifiers during the chilly months and keep the humidity less than 50 percent.
Restore your skin
It’s a no-brainer what happens to your skin when it’s exposed to dry air for an extended period of time – it flakes, cracks and reddens, making you itch in the process. Not only that, but dry air can also create unwanted brittle skin and lead to the development of eczema. However, moisturizing your skin with lotion isn’t the only way to repair it. By using a humidifier, you can keep your skin hydrated and help restore its glow.
“You need to supplement [moisture] because when it gets dry enough, the moisture on our skin evaporates into the air,” dermatologist Neal Schultz told You Beauty.
Room humidifiers replenish the moisture in the air of your home, keeping it just fresh enough that it won’t be constantly dried out.
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