Humidifiers are used to add soothing moisture to the air and can be quite effective to treat dryness of the skin and ease symptoms caused by the flu. Cool mist humidifiers are a good choice for a home with kids or pets and warm mist are great in the winter time. Are you still not sure if you really need a humidifier in your home? You should look at the 8 reasons below, you'll be surprised on how great these little machines are!
1. DECREASE LEVELS OF FLU VIRUS
Scientific researches show that humidifiers decrease levels of flu virus in homes. Ted Myatt, ScD, reported, "A review of past peer-reviewed studies conducted over the last 70 years also showed that homes kept at 40-60% relative humidity-the optimal range-are likely to have fewer flu viruses lingering in the air and on surfaces like sink faucets, door handles, and countertops compared to lower relative humidity levels.”
2. RELIEVES SYMPTOMS OF COLD & FLU
if you have the common flu or a cold, a humidifier can really help with runny nose, sore throat and sinus congestion. Try to put it on the warm mist setting and if your humidifier permits it, add a few drops of eucalyptus.
3. HELPS WITH SNORING
If you or your partner is a snorer, try to put a humidifier in the bedroom to quiet the snoring. It may only work if the snoring is caused by dryness, but it's worth to try!
4. SOOTHE DRY SKIN
Skin in the winter time can be very itchy and dry even with lotions and moisturizers, but did you know that a humidifier can actually help soothe dry skin? That little machine will make your skin softer!
5. REDUCE ELECTRICITY BILL
By setting your humidifier on warm mist, you will feel warmer and even be able to lower your thermostat. That will lower your heating bill!
6. LESS STATIC ELECTRICITY
Dry air promotes the static electricity and cause that feeling that we all hate to get shocked by touching something. Humidifier will definitely help with that problem.
7. IMPROVE SLEEP
The gentle white noise of the humidifier and the mist will improve your quality of sleep. You won't wake up with a scratchy dry throat and bleed-y nose.
8. REDUCE NOSE BLEEDS
Dry air is known to cause nose bleeds to some people. By turning on the humidifier at night, you will help reduce and even eliminate that problem.
Did you know that humidifiers can help with all the above? They are also really great for babies and kids rooms. They come in a variety of prices and you can probably find one within your budget.