A humidifier is a device that helps to increase the amount of moisture in a room. This helps to prevent dryness that can cause irritations in the body such as dry skin, dry throat, headaches, nose bleeds, cracked lips and other similar irritations.
A humidifier can also be used to ease the symptoms of flu, and sinus congestion. It can actually be the difference between staying healthy at winter or getting a cold.
Whilst using a humidifier sounds like a great idea, it’s essential that a humidifier is used correctly. Overusing a humidifier can potentially make respiratory problems worse, and create too much dampness in the air. This can result in dust mites, mould, harmful bacteria and mildew.
To help prevent this it’s important to use distilled or demineralised water, and not tap water as this has minerals that can create a buildup in your machine and promote bacterial growth. It’s also important to clean your machine at least once a week, and change the filters on a regular basis.
Most people tend to use a humidifier in the winter months as this is when the air in your is driest.
There are many different types of humidifiers so depending on the reasons why you need one, depends on the type of humidifier you should purchase. You can get warm mist and cool mist humidifiers.
A warm mist humidifier heats water to a boil and emits steam, whereas a cool mist humidifier either uses a fan to blow air over a wet wick (evaporative model), uses a vibrating nebuliser to emit water (ultrasonic model), or produces mist using a disk that rotates (impeller model).
There are many benefits to using a humidifier. As mentioned above, particularly in the dry winter months, a humidifier can help to keep your sinuses comfortable, especially if used overnight.
They can also help to reduce the risk of infection. This is because bacteria can’t travel as well in moist air. In addition, they can also help you to maintain soft, vibrant skin. By using a humidifier, the air won’t dry out your skin as it would without using one.
They can also help to reduce snoring. This is music to my ears as my husband snores dreadfully! So much so, that for the past six years, I’ve had to wear ear plugs at night to drown out the noise! A humidifier will help prevent sinuses and your throat from getting too dry which can reduce snoring.