Most people think of humidifiers as straightforward – they add moisture to your air, right? However, here’s something you may not know: this moisture can provide a range of benefits to you and your home. What’s more, you can humidify year-round to take advantage of the natural benefits of moisture. Humidifying isn’t just for colder months!
Here are just a few of the benefits of humidifying.
Humidifying can help you feel better.
Helps promote better sleep
By helping your nose and throat stay hydrated, a humidifier can help you breathe more easily at night and sleep more comfortably.
Helps temporarily relieve dry skin
Chapped lips and dry, itchy skin and eyes can all be aided by the moisture of a humidifier. This moisture can be especially helpful for those with sensitive skin, such as babies, young children, and people with skin conditions such as eczema.
Helps temporarily relieve congestion from colds or allergies
Coughing, sinus irritation and congestion can all be temporarily relieved by increasing your room’s humidity. Keeping your nasal passages and throat well hydrated may help if you have a cold or are suffering from allergies.
Help reduce survival of flu viruses*
Here’s a great preventative benefit of humidifying: studies show that keeping your indoor air at a relative humidity of 40 to 60% reduces the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air, compared to lower relative humidity levels.
Humidifying can make your home even more comfortable
Makes a cold room more comfortable
Cool air has less moisture in it, so when you add moisture to the air by humidifying, you make the room feel warmer and more comfortable – all without having to touch your thermostat.
Helps protect wood floors, furniture, and musical instruments
Wood naturally shrinks when the air is dry. For your wood floors, too little humidity can cause gapping between boards and even cracks along boards. Wood furniture and musical instruments can also suffer from cracks and warping. By maintaining a proper humidity level in your home, you can help keep your flooring, furniture, and musical instruments in good condition.
Helps reduce static electricity
Shocks from static electricity are annoying and can even be damaging to sensitive electronics. You can help lessen static electricity by returning moisture to the air with a humidifier.
Helps houseplants stay healthy
Just like people, your houseplants need moisture to survive, and dry air in your home can prevent your plants from thriving. The moisture from a humidifier can help your plants stay healthy and green.
Now that you know the benefits of humidifying find out which humidifier is the right one for your needs.
* Studies have shown that keeping indoor air at an RH level of 40-60% reduces the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air, compared to lower RH levels. See, for example:
Reiman JM, Das B, Sindberg GM, Urban MD, Hammerlund MEM, Lee HB, et al. (2018) Humidity as a non-pharmaceutical intervention for influenza A. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0204337. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204337
Myatt TA, Kaufman MH, Allen JG, MacIntosh DL, Fabian MP, & McDevitt JJ. (2010) Modeling the airborne survival of influenza virus in a residential setting: the impacts of home humidification. Environmental Health 9(55). https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-9-55