The winter and dry summer seasons witness a drop in humidity levels, making it important for one to have a humidifier in their home. For those who have nasal problems and allergies related to the respiratory tract, will greatly benefit from setting up a humidifier.
There are different kinds of this device that can be installed into a home. There are humidifiers for a single room setting or entire house depending on your needs. A professional usually is involved when setting up this device for the entire house.
There are four types of humidifiers available to the general public.
- Steam Humidifiers
- Ultrasonic Humidifiers
- Evaporative Humidifiers
- Impeller Humidifiers
- The humidifier introduces moisture into the air, thus relieving cold, cough, the flu, allergy, sinusitis, nose bleeding, and hay fever symptoms.
- Susceptibility to infection is reduced by keeping the mucus membranes of the throat and nasal passages moist. It also allows the airways to open up without having to suffer from hacking coughs, or irritation.
- Relieves and prevents dry, scratchy skin and lips especially for those who have sensitive, dry skin.
- Reduces static electricity, thus preventing tiny shocks from being received when touching people or certain objects. The problem of static electricity occurs generally during winters when the air is dry. Static electricity can damage electronic appliances too.
- Improves the atmosphere and air quality at home, thus moisturizing the respiratory system, which is beneficial for asthma sufferers.
- Fatigue, tiredness, headaches and reduced concentration levels occur when there is less oxygen in one's home. A humidifier keep air hydrated enough to feel comfortable.
- Excellent for babies, for it helps them sleep peacefully.
Another important benefit of using humidifiers in the house is that it saves a lot of money on heating bills. A maintained humidity level in your house keeps you warm, whereas low humidity makes the air cooler. In short, warm air holds more water than cold air.
When there is less moisture in the air and we sweat, the sweat doesn't evaporate but remains airborne. But, if humidity levels are high, the cooling mechanisms of our body slows down and we feel less cold. Hence, you feel less cold in the winters and don't require the costly heating mechanism.
Besides the discomfort in breathing, too much moisture in the atmosphere can harbor bacteria in nooks and crannies, including mold development if humidifiers aren't cleaned as instructed in the manual.
Moreover, an improper approach in maintaining humidity levels can aggravate allergies and the symptoms of asthma. It is recommended in this case to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-50%. Humidifiers do a lot of good than bad as long as you take care of your device and also keep pets and stray kids away from touching or going near them.