14 Jan 6 Reasons Why You Need A Humidifier During Winter
6 Reasons Why You Need A Humidifier During Winter
The colder months are the perfect reason to buy a humidifier. But why? Winter air is not only cold, but it can also hold less moisture than warm air. Because wintertime humidity is so low, what little moisture is around is quickly sucked up into the air — so moisture evaporates more quickly from your body.
That’s where humidifiers come in. They release water vapor or steam to the room to increase moisture levels in the air (humidity). A humidifier can help you live a more comfortable life during the winter. It adds moisture to the air. Here’s why:
Reduces Risk of Infection
Bacteria and viruses cannot travel well in moist air because they mix with moisture and drop due to heaviness. Humidifiers can help lower this bacteria and the chance for viruses. A study published in 2013, explained that raising indoor humidity levels to at least 43% minimized the capability of airborne viruses to cause flu-related infections. In fact, an environment low in humidity has a 70% – 77% potential of causing virus-induced diseases. When humidity levels are increased to 43% or more that number drops significantly. It changes to merely 14%.
Helps Prevent Snoring
In addition, a person’s breathing is obstructed during sleep when they chronically snore. Your nose can become congested. Breathing can also become harder when you sleep in a dry environment. Using a humidifier to add moisture to the room, your nasal passage will open up and let mucus flow easier — giving you less trouble breathing and also less throat irritation. You’ll end up snoring less and having a good night’s sleep!
Moisturizes Dry Skin
Our skin is the most likely place for you to notice dry conditions due to dry, winter air. It can manifest as dullness, dryness, flaking, and/or premature aging. As stated earlier, humidifiers add back valuable moisture to the air and skin. This helps prevent all these harmful effects. It also maintains a healthy, vibrant, and youthful glow on your skin.
Your Home Feels Warmer
Humid air holds more heat. You can hold onto more of the heat your furnace or heater produces when you add a humidifier to your HVAC system. Thermostats can be lowered with the warmer feel of the air, thus conserving energy and saving money!
Both children and adults with asthma normally find humidifiers to be helpful in breathing, especially when the condition is combined with a respiratory infection. Make sure to check with your doctor first if you have asthma and wish to use a humidifier.
Added Benefits to the Home
Moisture from a humidifier can be helpful around the home in the following ways:
- Any moisture-loving houseplants may become more vibrant
- Ensuring the wood features in your home and furniture will look their best
- Preventing wallpaper from cracking
- Preventing static electricity from building up and limiting the problems associated with it
So, if you are looking for a way to add some extra comfort to your home during this winter season, then we suggest adding a humidifier. At Wahl Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we have affordable humidifiers. After all, what could be better than an affordable solution to easing dry air? So get moving, get that humidifier, drink up some more hot liquids, and stay warm!
Contact Wahl today for green options that will keep your utility bills low and your home comfortable.