Humidifiers are devices that add moisture to your home’s air. They are useful throughout the year as dry air negatively impacts your lungs, lips and nose. These are some of the health benefits of having a humidifier in your home.
Help Prevent the Flu
A humidifier reduces the likelihood you will catch the flu from someone else in your home. Studies have shown that humidity levels above 40% quickly deactivate viruses spewed into the air from coughs and sneezes. This makes them less likely to infect you.
People snore less when there is more moisture in the air they’re breathing. When the air is dry, your airways aren’t sufficiently lubricated. This makes snoring worse while also disrupting your sleep.
More Productive Coughs
When the air is dry you will likely have dry, unproductive coughs. Higher levels of humidity lead to your airways having more moisture. This makes your cough more productive. A productive cough will release sticky or trapped phlegm.
More Moist Skin and Hair
Skin, lips and hair tend to get drier and thus become more fragile when humidity levels are low. Residential and commercial heating equipment pump out hot, dry air. The air outside during the winter also dries out skin, lips and hair. A humidifier adds moisture to indoor air which will help you if your skin, lips and hair are dry and cracked.
What Type of Humidifier Is Best?
You can buy a portable or whole-home humidifier. A portable humidifier only helps in the room in which it is placed. A whole-home humidifier adds moisture to the air of your entire home. It’s installed in the same area as your central heating and cooling equipment.
Cool Operator of South Elgin, IL, installs whole-home humidifiers. We also install, maintain and repair gas and electric furnaces as well as air conditioners. Additionally, we offer duct and indoor air quality services. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.