Most of us need to use a room humidifier at one time or another. These machines offer a multitude of health benefits and are affordable, portable and easy to use. You do not have to look far to see the health benefits they offer. 

Cold and Flu
If you are like most people, the only time you bring out your humidifier is when you or someone in your family is sick. Home humidifiers can help you breathe easier when you are congested. They expel a fine mist infused with oxygen that travels to your lungs, depositing moist, oxygen-rich air. A humidifier will also help alleviate the dryness you may experience from sinus problems.

Winter brings cold, dry air that can irritate your nasal passages and dry out your skin. Cold air does not hold as much humidity as warm air, so it is normal to experience dry skin and chapped lips when temperatures drop. Generally speaking, the colder the air is, the dryer it will be. If you live in a cold climate, consider using a warm mist humidifier.

Humidity levels are vital for keeping your skin youthful and healthy. As you age, it is harder for your skin to retain moisture. Once supple epidermal cells begin to shrink, leaving your skin dry and wrinkled. Increasing the humidity in your home can help combat aging skin by keeping your epidermis hydrated.

Exposure to dry air can exacerbate a multitude of skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Environmental conditions can cause flare-ups and low humidity is one of the triggers that can cause such breakouts. Not only does moist air alleviate itchy skin and rashes caused by many skin disorders, it can also help prevent them.

In many cases, humidifiers provide extra air purification by pushing water and air through filtration systems before dispersing moisture throughout your home. This can help filter out unwanted allergens, bacteria and chemicals.

Dry air worsens allergy symptoms in different ways. Dust mites begin to die at humidity levels less than 50 percent and many types of allergens dry up at levels below 30 percent. When allergens dry out, they weigh less and become airborne, which means you inhale more of them.

Additionally, dry air can cause sinus irritation, sore throat and complications such as sinusitis, which can result in sinus pain and headaches.

We recommend a humidity level between 40 and 60 percent if you are using a humidifier to treat allergy symptoms. Look for humidifiers that have built-in humidity gages called hygrometers or humidistats. You can also purchase stand- alone humidity gages.

Today's humidifiers are useful for much more than treating cold and flu symptoms. An effective air humidifier is helpful in a wide range of situations. When it comes to maintaining good health, these affordable and versatile units play an essential role.

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