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Dry air is a year-round issue. In the summer months, you’re probably getting blasted by air conditioners. In the winter, you may face the 1-2 punch of cold dry air outside and hot dry air inside.
All this dry air can do a number on your skin. You might find yourself itchy or flaking, or treating painful cracked lips.
But dry air can affect your respiratory system too. If you notice your throat or vocal cords are often irritated, that you have a persistent dry cough, or that you get frequent bloody noses, there may not be enough moisture in the air you’re breathing. This is especially true if you deal with environmental allergies.
Enter the humidifier, your in-home solution to dry air. Let’s dive into what a humidifier is, how it works, and what the benefits are.
What Is a Humidifier?
A humidifier is a device that adds moisture to the air in a room or building. Humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are central systems large enough to service an entire facility, such as a hospital or a museum. Others are portable devices, intended for personal use in a home or apartment.
How Does a Humidifier Work?
Portable humidifiers can work in different ways. Evaporators blow moisture through a moistened filter. Impellers are powered by quickly rotating disks. Steam vaporizers electrically heat water before cooling it and blowing it into the air. Ultrasonic humidifiers use vibration to produce a cool mist.
While all types of humidifiers can be effective, ultrasonic humidifiers have special benefits. Evaporators can expel too much moisture into the air at once. Impeller humidifiers tend to be loud. Steam vaporizers may cause burns, so are not a good choice for families with children.
Ultrasonic humidifiers are precise, quiet, and cool to the touch. If you could benefit from a humidification system, an ultrasonic device may be your best bet.
What Are the Benefits of Using a Humidifier?
If used correctly, a humidifier can benefit your skin, hair, and your respiratory health.
A Humidifier Moisturizes Your Skin and Hair
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Your hair is--well, one of the first things people notice about you. And just like your internal organs, your skin and hair both need hydration to be their healthiest.
By providing a continuous stream of moist air, a humidifier provides you dermatologist-recommended skin and hair hydration all day or night long. And as an added benefit, your houseplants will look extra lush too.
But a humidifier does more than make you look good. It can help you feel your best too.
A Humidifier Can Reduce the Symptoms of Environmental Allergies
Environmental allergies, such as allergies to pollen or pet dander, can cause reactions like sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and congestion. These symptoms cause inflammation of the nasal cavity and throat.
By producing moist air that soothes these areas, a properly calibrated humidifier can quickly help bring the inflammation down. You’ll be breathing easier in no time.
On a slightly gross but helpful note: if you do have phlegm in your throat, the moist air a humidifier delivers can help you cough it out. Sorry, and you’re welcome.
A Humidifier Helps Fight Snoring
No one loves snoring. If you’re a snorer, you’re no doubt tired of waking up exhausted and embarrassed. If your loved one is the culprit, you’re probably exhausted from never sleeping at all!
This is another instance where a humidifier can save the day. Like people with allergies, chronic snorers often have dry throats and nasal passages, which become irritated and fill with--another slightly gross alert--thick mucus. By quickly soothing this irritation, a humidifier can reduce snoring or eliminate it entirely.
A Humidifier May Help Prevent Flu
One study suggests that a humidifier can help cut your risk of getting the flu. Researchers have found that air with over 40 percent humidity deactivated virus particles, reducing their likelihood of being infectious.
Humidifiers have many potential benefits--but it’s crucial to ensure that you’re using the best device possible. As we mentioned, an ultrasonic humidifier offers the highest degree of precision and safety.
If you could benefit from a humidifier, check out the Halo, an effective luxury humidifier at an affordable price point. You’ll breathe a contented sigh knowing you look and feel healthy.