Reasons a Humidifier Can Be Helpful During the Winter
With winter comes some cold and dry days. While you can certainly feel the dry air when you’re outdoors, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the air in your home gets dry during the winter months as well. Ideally, the air in your home should have between 30 and 50% humidity year-round. If it gets any drier than that it can cause a variety of issues that impact your health and comfort.
During the winter months, the air in most people’s homes is lower than ideal. The good news, however, is that this is an easy issue to address. By using a humidifier in your home, you can add the necessary moisture. Humidifiers work by giving off water vapor or steam that adds to the moisture in your home. There are different types of humidifiers available, including central systems or steam units. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider using a humidifier this winter.
Help to Alleviate Respiratory Symptoms
When you breathe dry air, your throat and nose become overly dry and irritated. This can lead to a scratchy throat and exacerbate allergy symptoms.
Further, when your throat and nose dry out, your body is less able to catch irritants or infections that you breathe in. This can lead to the creation or exacerbation of allergy, asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis symptoms.
However, having a humidifier in your home – especially in the room where you sleep – can help to relieve these symptoms. Using a humidifier can help to make everyone more comfortable and healthy during the winter, but it’s especially important for individuals with allergies or respiratory issues.
Preventing Dry Skin Issues
When the air is cold and dry, it can lead to dry skin, lips, and scalp. This is uncomfortable and, if not addressed, can become increasingly problematic. Your skin can become itchy and irritated and can become flaky or even cracked.
While moisturizers can help to address this, you can also avoid dealing with dry skin at all by having adequate amounts of moisture in the air in your home. Having humidifiers in the bedrooms in your home or even throughout your home can go a long way towards preventing overly dry and irritated skin during the winter months.
Snore Less This Winter
While you might not associate increased snoring with dry air, the two are often correlated. For many, some causes for snoring include sinus or allergy issues. As you can imagine, when those issues worsen, snoring increases.
Because sleeping in areas of dry air can worsen these symptoms, it also leads to increased snoring. This can cause poor sleep for you and your family. Avoid this problem by making sure that there’s plenty of moisture in the air that you breathe at night.
If you have questions about what type of humidifier to get or want to test the air in your home, contact an HVAC professional. They can tell you more about the air quality in your home and give you suggestions for what’s best for you and your family.
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