5 Benefits of a Home Humidifier

Humidifiers are devices that increase the amount of moisture in the air. They do this by releasing steam or water vapor into the air. While they aren’t necessary in the summer (there’s already a lot of moisture in the air from natural humidity), they are useful for homeowners in the winter when the air is drier.

There are several benefits of using a humidifier in your home:

1. Humidifiers alleviate dry skin.

We’ve all experienced the sensation of waking up in the morning with dried, cracked or painful sinuses, patchy skin, and chapped lips. During the fall and winter, the amount of moisture in the air decreases, making the air drier, and this can have negative effects. Not only can this affect respiratory ailments, but it can also dry out your skin, making it itchy and uncomfortable. The moisture humidifiers add to the air can sooth dry skin and help prevent it from becoming too dry in the first place.

Humidifiers also can help ease discomfort from eczema. The drier the air in the home is, the drier the skin will get, causing uncomfortable, itchy eczema flare-ups. Humidifiers can help combat this by keeping air, and therefore skin, at a comfortably hydrated.

2. Humidifiers help fight sickness.

Additionally, because humidifiers allow you to control the amount of moisture in the air, you can avoid the growth of mold or build-up of dust mites that could cause illness. Many viruses and bacteria thrive in dry air, so adding moisture can help limit their growth and decrease them from your home.

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3. Humidifiers can help ease asthma symptoms.

Asthma symptoms worsen as moisture levels decrease. The dry air can irritate lungs and cause a dry, persistent cough. Adding moisture to the air can help relieve these symptoms because the air is humidified and easier to breathe.

4. Humidifiers help you save money.

The more water in the air, the warmer the air feels. Think about it this way: how much does the summer humidity affect how hot the air feels? Having moisture in the air causes our natural sweat and moisture to stay close to our bodies, keeping us warm. In winter, the air is dry, causing our body’s natural moisture to evaporate, making us feel cold.

Using a humidifier to keep the moisture in the air at a comfortable level will also help your home feel warmer, simply because you yourself will feel warmer. This will help you save money on your heating bills. Even though the temperature is the same, you will feel warmer because of the moisture in the air, so you won’t be tempted to turn up the heat.

5. Humidifiers help preserve your home’s appearance.

Dry air can cause wallpaper to peel or paint/furniture to appear aged or cracked. In addition, dry air can will induce shocks from the excess static electricity – humidifiers help combat that by adding in moisture. Keeping the moisture levels of the air at a comfortable level will help keep the appearance of your home and possessions nice and preserve their quality.

Whether you use one humidifier for the entire home or individual room humidifiers, you and your family can make your home a more comfortable living environment and stay healthy this winter, all by utilizing the benefits of a humidifier.

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