Benefits of Using a Humidifier in the Winter

Humidifiers add moisture into the air, which results in a variety of benefits for your health and your home. There are several ways to use humidifiers, especially in the winter when the air is drier than other times of the year. Humidifiers are part of a complete heating and cooling system for a healthy, comfortable home.

Soft, Subtle Skin, Lips and Hair

Since winter brings cold and dry air, your skin's moisture is depleted causing dry, dull flaking and sore skin, lips, and hair. A humidifier helps prevent this premature aging and helps maintain soft, subtle and youthful skin and healthy hair.

Shortens Duration of Colds 

Sinus infections, flu, and the common cold viruses can be reduced with the assistance of a humidifier adding moisture to the air. Keeping the nasal airways and the throat moist will aid in faster healing. It's interesting to note that viruses and bacteria don't spread as fast in moist air.

Sounder Sleep

Adding moisture to the air creates a warmer, more comfortable sleeping condition. It also helps those who suffer from snoring by improving a dry throat and vocal cords. 

Reduces Allergy & Asthma Symptoms

People who are prone to allergies and dry sinuses use humidifiers to relieve their symptoms. Asthma patients benefit from moisture in the air, too.

Home Benefits 

Adding moisture to the air is helpful for healthy house plants, maintaining beautiful wood floors and furniture and keeping wallpaper from cracking and peeling. Maintaining moisture in the air also reduces annoying static electricity.

Know The Risks

It is important to note, that there can be risks associated with using a humidifier. According to the EPA (The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), indoor humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent and no higher. A humidity meter should be used to check the levels to maintain a healthy environment. Too much humidity can cause mold, dust mites and mildew to grow.

Humidifier Tips 

Some basic tips for healthy use of a humidifier include always following the manufacturer's guidelines, changing the water and filters regularly, clean the humidifier regularly and use precaution around children and pets.

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