The crisp smell of a winter’s morning. Being able to snuggle up in a nice, cozy room, enjoying hot chocolate and watching movies. These are all pastimes that make winter fun. Things that make winter less fun are the dry skin, chapped lips, and the colds and flu that usually develop during this season.
The reduced humidity in winter can make things harder for you if you do suffer from respiratory tract or sinus infections. The mucous membranes in the respiratory system need a reasonably humid atmosphere to function at their best.
The dry air in winter can exacerbate the following conditions:
- Nasal and throat irritations
- Colds and flu
Health issues are one of the main reasons to use a humidifier this winter, but there are a good few more that might make installing a humidifier a good option for you.
Humidifiers Improve Air Quality
In summer, high humidity levels can make the heat unbearable. In winter, however, cranking up the humidity can help to improve air quality and also help you to feel a little warmer.
Keeping your home at around 30% humidity during the colder months will help to improve the air quality in your home. You can get the best of both worlds if you choose the right humidifier. A good model balances the relative humidity in the house.
This means that it will remove excess humidity from the air in summer, and increase the humidity levels in the winter.
If you have an allergy sufferer in the home, you might be worried that the humidifier poses a risk to their health. The truth is that any system that cycles air in the home might be problematic if it is not maintained correctly.
If, on the other hand, the filters are adequately cleaned and replaced as necessary, you can reduce the chances of an allergic reaction because the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract will be better able to function as they should.
It’s Good for the Furniture as Well
Dry air does more than just extract the moisture from your skin; it can also zap the moisture from wooden furniture as well, which means that the furniture is more likely to crack. By increasing the humidity in the room to ideal levels, you also increase the longevity of the furniture in your home.
If you would like to improve the humidity levels in your own home during the cold season, and your budget doesn’t stretch to a full-home system, here are some hacks that you can try to help alleviate the problem. These are stop-gap measures, but they can offer emergency relief when necessary.
- Place bowls of water on or next to the radiator in each room and top them up frequently. It takes some time to maintain, but it can help to boost moisture levels
- For smaller places such as apartments, try boiling a kettle of water or boiling a pot of water on the stove
The dry air of winter can do more than leave your skin and lips feeling chapped; it can also exacerbate the symptoms of illness. Merely increasing the indoor humidity levels to around 30% is often all that you need to keep your family healthy and comfortable.