One of the best ways to make your home a healthier place to live is to use a warm mist humidifier to increase the moisture in the air.
Dry air can cause sinus problems including allergies, coughing, a runny nose, nosebleeds and make sinus infections, flu and colds worse. Dry air can also affect your looks by making your skin dry and your hair brittle.
Your health isn’t the only thing that dry air can hurt, a lack of moisture can cause wood to crack and warp. This can hurt your hardwood floors and wood furniture. Dryness can also cause wallpaper to peel and hurt houseplants that require moist air to live.
Most people will only have to humidify their homes in the winter when forced air heating dries out the air. People who live in dry climates such as the Southwest will have to humidify all year round.
Warm mist humidifiers offer many of the advantages of vaporizers without the safety risks. A vaporizer creates a hot blast of steam that can hurt pets and children. A warm mist humidifier heats the water and cools it before it’s released into the air for safeties.
Since they heat the water, these humidifiers reduce the chance that germs and mold will be reduced into the air. Like vaporizers, warm mist humidifiers can be used to release medicine into the air.
There is a risk that warm mist humidifiers can release mold that can cause allergies and breathing problems into the air. The risk of mold can be reduced or eliminated by regularly cleaning and properly maintaining the devices.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions from the owner’s manual when cleaning your humidifier will make it last longer and prevent future problems. Completely empty the humidifier, rinse it out and dry it with a towel whenever you add water to prevent mold. Cleaning the humidifier with disinfectant every few months will also make it safer. The heating element should also be cleaned at this time to prevent dirt build up.
If your humidifier has a filter it will have to be changed on a regular basis to eliminate mold build up. Most people can change the filter once year but it may have to be changed more often if you humidify year round. Hard water can clog the filter with minerals from the tap but using distilled water in the humidifier can help it last longer.
One warm mist humidifier should keep your home moist if you just need it to compensate for winter heating. People who live in dryer climates should consider a whole house humidifier; this is a larger device that’s attached to a central heating or conditioning system.