Many people dread when the calendar rolls around to the Winter months because of the average temperature drop. You might typically think of sneezing and coughing as a result of the common cold, but many people suffer in sickness throughout the Winter season. Some of the common symptoms related to freezing temperatures include dry sinuses, nose bleeds, cracked lips, and Winter skin itch. Each of these symptoms can be linked back to cold, dry air, and fortunately, relieved through consistent use of humidifiers in the home.
Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air and home humidifier systems work by continually adding moisture back to dry air. No matter what the climate, generally speaking, humidity is highest in the Summer and lowest in the Winter. It may be a no-brainer that the humidity is absent outside, but oftentimes indoor environments experience the same dramatic drop in humidity levels. The end result of the dry environment for many is added trouble breathing.
Maintaining ideal home moisture levels with humidifiers
According to the Mayo Clinic website, an ideal amount of humidity for the home is between 30-50 percent. Have no clue what the exact humidity level is in your home? Some humidifiers actually come with their own built-in hygometer in the console. These humidifiers offer an advantage compared to others in that they typically self-adjust to maintain humidity within healthy in-home levels. If your humidifier does not come with its own hygrometer, they can easily be purchased from your local hardware or department store.
There are several notes of caution when using humidifiers. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing for your health. Excess water vapor in the atmosphere is associated with respiratory problems. Too much humidity contributes to mold and mildew growth. Anyone familiar with allergies or asthma will quickly tell you that mold spores and mildew are associated with difficulty breathing. Keeping the ideal balance of humidity within the home is why it is an especially good idea to invest in a hygometer, whether built-in or purchased separately.
There are numerous health benefits associated with consistent use of home humidifiers across the cold Winter weather months. If you are still on the fence about buying a humidifier for your home, also keep in mind that these devices have proven effective in easing symptoms associated with the common cold as well as upper respiratory infections. However, one note of caution: If you have allergies or asthma, the Mayo Clinic also advises to contact your physician before using a home humidifier system.