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Humidifiers for Winter Months

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Winter months usually equates to dry skin if you're in a climate that drops below 40 degrees fahrenheit. Your hands and feet transition into an ashy state while your lips and face decides to shed skin like a snake.

Although there are lotions and potions out there to quench your skin and chap sticks and lip glosses to moisturize your lips, what's to be done about waking up with a dry or stuffy nose, cotton mouth  and scratchy throat from running your heater all night long?

During winter months, the relative humidity in your home can bottom out to a low of 10 to 20 percent. Dry air not only contributes to dry skin and mucus membranes like the nose and mouth but it is also a factor that leads to snoring in some individuals. Others who commonly suffer from allergies may experience flare-ups under these arid conditions. Even babies are at risk for a restless night under the wrong, dry air conditions.


Humidifiers can offer a wealth of health and home environment benefits and combat the side effects of dry air. How do you know its time for a humidifier, if you find that humidity is not above 40 percent, your home is a candidate for this appliance.

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Humidifiers and Respiratory Benefits

Do you suffer from asthma? What are the risks that you might catch a cold this winter? Or catch the flu? By now, you know that between stuffy noses or burning sinus passages, dry air is the last thing you want to experience in the midst of a miserable time. Good news! Humidifiers can help relieve symptoms associated with the common cold as well as respiratory distress issues. Humidifiers produce enough moisture to help reduce dryness in nasal cavities.


Humidifiers Reduce Static Electricity

There's nothing like static electricity during the winter. Ever been walking through your home and touch a door knob or better yet walking down the aisle in the grocery store, only to touch a bit of metal and light yourself up with a static, electricity shock? Yes, dry air is a main culprit that makes an environment conducive to the development of static electricity. Air that is extremely dry can also damage computers and other electrical equipment which is another reason a good humidifier can prove beneficial, decreasing the amount of humidity in the air.

Wood Gives Way in Dry Conditions

Yes, due to low moisture in the air, hardwood floors are at risk for cracking or popping loose. Other things like wood moulding and wood furniture are also at risk and it is not uncommon for glue to give way under the right conditions.

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Humidifiers for Dry Skin

Dry air can strips away the lipid barrier that holds moisture in our skin . When this happens, we loose moisture and as a result, our skin cracks.  Allergens and bacteria can slip into these cracks and cause a bit of peeling. Humidifiers can work wonders for cracked, dry, and itchy skin during the winter months. Humidifiers become instant moisturizer.


Buying a Humidifier

Not sure which humidifier to buy? A humidifier with a removable tank is suggested as it will allow for easy cleaning and refill of fresh water. For example, the Vornado Ultra3 Whole Room Ultrasonic Humidifier is a humidifier with a removable tank. Ideally, you will want to select a humidifier that has the ability to humidify a single space --such as a bedroom or home office space. One of the MSTY staffers purchased the Vornado Ultra3 Whole Room Ultrasonic Humidifier has not stopped singing it's praises. The Vornado Ultra3 Whole Room Ultrasonic Humidifier offers dry air sufferers a tiny solution to establishing a humidified environment. Rather than waking up with a dry nose and mouth, you awaken feeling refreshed and in the right room as if you have stepped into a soothing, spa-like and tropical environment.  There are many humidifiers on the market, so ultimately you will have to do the research and purchase the one that best meets your needs.

The Vornado Ultra3 Whole Room Ultrasonic Humidifier has the ability to provide enough humidified air for up to 600 sq feet.

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Keeping Your Humidifier Clean

Have you decided to purchase a humidifier yet? If so, you will need know that there are a few maintenance requirements.

First, it is important to know that you should change the water once per day.

Ultrasonic and cool-mist humidifiers are at risk for growing mold, microorganisms and bacteria, so it's critical that if you allow water to sit in the tank without running it that you empty the tank and replace it with fresh water. Failure to do so increases the risk that rather than dispersing fresh, cooled mist into the air, you are instead releasing microorganisms into the air that will eventually impact your health for the worst.  Humidifiers should be cleaned one to two times per week using three-per-cent solution of hydrogen peroxide, or a three-to-one mixture of distilled water and vinegar.