Humidifiers and Health
Humidifier adds moist air to the home atmosphere thereby preventing dryness which does cause irritation. Humidifier therapy is good for the treatment of wide range of health related problems such as dry skin, throat, lips and nose. It is popularly use to guard off the common flu or cold.
Still, too much use of humidifier can possibly exacerbate respiratory problems. So it is key to know how to use a humidifier correctly.
What you can use a humidifier for?
Generally, they function as a natural moisturizer to ward off dryness. Because of this reason, they are used to relieving the following:
- Dry skin.
- Dry throat.
- Sinus congestion.
- Bloody nose.
- Nose irritation.
- Irritated vocal cords..
- Cracked lips.
- Dry cough.
Anyone can be prone to all of these health disorders if the air in your house is dry. And this is commonly seen during winter period or at summer when air conditioner is been used.
Types of humidifier available in the market
Choosing and buying a humidifier depends on your requirements, coverage area you want to add moisture and budget. In essence, there are 5 types of humidifiers namely:
- The central humidifiers.
- Ultrasonic humidifiers.
- The evaporators.
- The steam vaporizers.
- Impeller humidifiers.
- The central humidifiers.
This type of humidifier is built directly into your heating or air conditioning unit. The central humidifiers are the most expensive types but the best choice for the money if at all you intend to add moisture in the entire building.
The traditional humidifiers unit carries a possible risk of burns from the steam coming out from them while the central humidifier units don’t pass off steam.
This emits humidity through a moistened filter. Built with fan that controls the unit and emit moisture into the home atmosphere from a single unit machine.
They are cheaper compare to the central ones but the drawback, they are only fit to be use on a single room at a moment. They have the potential of dispersing excess moisture into the air. And this can pose a serious problem to asthmatic people as its increase the probability for the growth of mold.
This work by using a rotating disks which run at high velocity. People with average budget can afford the impeller type of humidifier. They also fall amidst the most kids-friendly devices because they produce cool mist and carry no burns risks.
The impeller humidifier cons is that they can only be use for one room. They are seen to cause breathing difficulties for those with asthma and allergies when they are over-used.
Steam Vaporizers Humidifiers
Steam vaporizers are powered by electricity. This humidifier type heat water up and cool it before distributing it into the air. The steam humidifiers are budget friendly and portable. They are available at pharmaceutical stores.
They work by using ultra-sonic vibration to produce cool mist. Ultrasonic humidifier comes in different sizes depending on your budget and the size you want. Both the warm and cool mist models are available.
The cool mist of the ultrasonic humidifier version is a good recommendation if you have kids.
Humidifier Sizes Available In The Market
Humidifiers commonly come in the portable or console design.
The console versions are intended to add moisture to the whole house. They come in large size but some come with wheels to facilitate easy transportation.
The portable (or personal) humidifiers are the table size with compact look. They offer mobility and good choice of a humidifier for traveling trips.
Controlling Humidity Levels
Adding extra moisture to the air is very important but excess of it can cause health problems. Too much of it can worsen problems of respiration and thus create uncomfortable moistness in the room atmosphere. This can also promote growth of:
- Harmful bacteria.
- Dust mites.
According a publication on Mayo Clinic it was said that the home humidity level should be with the range of 30 to 50 percent. The use of hygrometer can help you to determine how much humidity is in your home. Some of the central humidifier version comes with hygrometers but they are also available in hardware stores or dealers.
Test humidity daily, especially if someone in your household has allergies or asthma.
Possible Risks of humidifiers
The commonest injury that is associated with humidifier is burns. Take precaution if you are having little kids around. Do not allow your children to operate them and also do not place a warm-mist steamer in your baby’s bedroom.
Leaving your humidifier to distribute excess moisture content can create condensation on your home walls. This will later turns into mold and spread all over the home.
Dirty humidifiers also cause growth of bacteria that encourages colds and cough. Steam vaporizers easily get dirty but also easy to clean as well. Empty all used water between uses and follow manufactures instructional guide and ensure to clean the system on regular basis to prevent growth of bacteria. Make sure to wash the filter system and bucket every 2 to 3 days during usage periods.
Humidifiers readily give out microorganisms and minerals. Even though they are not harmful but they cause discomfort to asthma people. To keep the situation under concern you can use distilled water.
When a humidifier is correctly used and care for, it can make significant impact to skin dryness and airways
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