During the cold part of the year, staying warm while outside the house is basically as important as it is to stay warm while indoors.
And for people looking to keep their premises warm, different heaters are necessary. Whether those are open flames, radiators or any other form of heaters, they all tend to do the same thing – dry out the air in the room.
And dry air can be potentially dangerous to a person’s health, be it the irritation of skin, teary eyes or problems in the airways that dry air can cause. It can even cause bigger issues, such as create symptoms of flu, cold or even amplify or trigger asthma attacks.
A room humidifier can prove a worthy investment, because a properly set up humidifier can nullify all the effects of dry room air, and even help alleviate symptoms of flu, or cancel out asthma attacks.
An ideal level of humidity in a room varies from 30 to 50 percent, according to MayoClinic, while some health related websites claim that people can benefit from even higher percentages.
These levels can be monitored with a device called a hygrometer, and even some humidifiers have it preinstalled. With a little research, humidifiers that turn themselves off when they reach a certain humidity levels can be found.
All things considered, humidifiers have a number of different benefits to a person’s health, and here are some of those:
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.org) says that eight percent of the population suffers from asthma, and that number continues to grow. As the most important issue humidifiers can help with, this is my first and most important benefit.
Mayo Clinic says that humidifiers can help alleviate asthma symptoms, but advises everyone to be careful when using one:
“Increased humidity may ease breathing in children and adults who have asthma or allergies, especially during a respiratory infection such as a cold. But dirty mist or increased growth of allergens caused by high humidity can trigger or worsen asthma and allergy symptoms”, says Mayo Clinic. Read more here about how mist humdifiers can help with asthma: Do Humidifiers Help Asthma Sufferers?
Flu, Cold, and different Allergies
If not used properly, and cleaned regularly, humidifiers can become a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and viruses, spreading mold and disease throughout the air. So having a clean and maintained humidifier is a must.
If used in that fashion, humidifiers can help with the common flu and colds that regularly occur during the winter. Moist air can soothe irritation and itchiness in the nose, help unclog sinuses, stop teary eyes and running noses. Read more here about how mist humdifiers can help with alergies: How humidifiers can help alergies
Helping dry skin
Skin dries out quickly during the winter, and in such environment treating your skin can help prevent dandruff, itchy and “ashy” skin, and cracked skin on your fingers. Having a humidifier set up can prevent the annoyance of dry skin.
There are many different medical benefits of a mist humidifier, and we have only mentioned some of the more important ones. During the colder periods, when flus are common and asthmas can aggravate your day, a humidifier can be a cheap and very useful investment.