Have you ever experienced an irritating feeling in your nose while breathing? If yes, then this might be because the air that you are breathing is low in humidity. In this case, then consider getting your self a humidifier.
What is a humidifier?
A humidifier is an appliance that monitors the humidity levels of an enclosed space. Then, this adds moisture into that space every time the monitored humidity levels go beyond the settings by releasing water vapors. Some of the top brands include Air-O-Swiss AOS U700 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic for bigger spaces and Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350 for smaller spaces.
What can we get from a humidifier?
Apart from avoiding the irritation when breathing, having a humidifier could also lead to these benefits:
- Improve Skin Condition- With a humidifier, you could avoid having dry skin. Just sleep overnight with a humidifier on. The next day, your skin will feel supple, and your hands and lips will not feel dehydrated.
- Relieve Sinusitis- When the air is too dry, sinuses will not drain and function well. But with a humidifier, the air will not get too dry, which is good for the sinusitis to function.
- Alleviate Nose Bleeds- Apart from making the sinuses to function well, humidifiers also keep your nasal passages moist and lubricated, and these are essential to prevent nosebleeds.
- Aid in Healing- Another benefit of the moist and lubricated nasal passages is the help it gives in the healing process for cold, asthma, or allergies.
- Stop Snoring- Do you snore? Or do you know someone who does? Then consider suggesting using a humidifier. The water vapor released into the air keeps the throat from drying out relieving the intensity of the snoring.
What Are The Types of Humidifiers?
Humidifiers come in many types, and these are some of them:
- Central humidifiers- These are built into the home heating and air conditioning systems, which are designed to humidify the entire house.
- Impeller humidifiers- These produce a cool vapor using a rotating disk.
- Ultrasonic humidifiers- These produce a cool vapor with ultrasonic vibration.
- Evaporators- These use a fan in blowing the air through a wet wick, filter, or belt.
- Steam vaporizers- These use electricity in creating vapor that cools before leaving the machine.
How To Care For Your Humidifier?
Humidifiers are overall good especially if you keep them clean. Not doing so results to a dirty humidifier that could promote bacteria and mold growth. Here are the basic steps to follow when cleaning your humidifier:
- Make sure to unplug the humidifier.
- Remove the water reservoir.
- Prepare a water solution with a tablespoon of chlorine bleach.
- Place the water solution to the water reservoir, and let this sit for 20 minutes. Try to move the water solution around to clean the corners.
- Empty and rinse several times to remove all chlorine from the water reservoir.
- Remove the filter or wick. If this is washable, immerse using cool water.
- Remove water residue from the base of the humidifier. After this, add vinegar, and let it stand for 20 minutes before draining. If the filter or wick is not washable, the simply replace this.
- Add a bit of water to rinse, drain, and then wipe clean.
- Finally, wipe the outside of your humidifier with a warm water/vinegar cloth.
Given these insights, are you now ready to get your (or convince someone to get their) humidifier?