Humidifiers – More Uses and Benefits than You Think
Winter is approaching fast and that means it’s the perfect time to get a humidifier. Humidifiers are great all year round, but they are especially helpful during the winter months. That’s because this is the time when air is very dry.
If you’re not familiar, dry air is not good for your health for many reasons. Here are a few of them:
• It makes viruses and bacteria active and infectious.
• It prolongs certain illnesses like colds and flu.
• It increases the symptoms of allergies.
• It leads to poor sleep due to a dry nose and throat.
• It drains water from your skin, leaving it looking dry and cracked.
• It weakens your hair and scalp cells.
All in all, dry air does a lot more damage than we give it credit for, not to mention adding to the fear of electric shock every time you touch a doorknob or something mental in your kitchen.
The solution is simple; all these issues can be solved by simply buying a humidifier to help keep the air in your home moist. But its benefits go beyond just improving your and your loved ones’ health. Here are some little known advantages of having this awesome device in your home.
Helps keep your pets healthy…
Dry air doesn’t just harm the health of the people in the house, it also affects pets. It makes their breathing canals dry and will constantly leave them dehydrated. If your pet suffers from allergies the arid air will make the condition worse. But with a humidifier, you not only get to make the air moist but you can purify it as well. Talk of killing two birds with one stone.
…and your plants too
If you enjoy some greenery in your home you certainly want to have a humidifier on for a good part of the day. Your houseplants are alive, and they thrive in a humid environment. Without proper humidity two things will happen.
• First the plants will lose the water in their cells at a faster rate.
• Secondly, the soil they are growing in will also go dry faster.
The result is droopy leaves and dull plants. While a humidifier can never replace normal watering, it can go a long way in improving your plants’ health by giving them the humid environment they need to breathe.
Keeps your furniture in great shape
Yep, you read that right! The reason why your wooden furniture is getting old faster could be because you don’t have a humidifier in your home. Dry air usually causes wood to dry out, shrink and crack. You may also see joints loosening.
So if your door, bed or chair is starting to wobble or show signs of distress, then chances are the air around your home might not be holding enough moisture.
Lowers utility bills
Winter can be fun and all but it’s never kind on the electric bill. When the temperatures start to fall the only logical thing to do is crank up the thermostat. This means your monthly bill is going to be a lot higher. But did you know that you can save a good amount if you have a humidifier?
When air is humid it feels warmer. Here’s an example, a 70-degree temperature plus 10% humidity usually feels like 65 degrees. But if you make that 67 degrees plus 50% humidity the air in the room will feel like 70 degrees. Who knew?
Why? Because low humidity reduces warmth in the air. So rather than paying more on electricity you can simply buy a humidifier. After all it’s a one-time, one-off payment that will save you hundreds for years to come.
Prevents static shocks
Another thing that comes with the dry air of winter is dreaded static electricity. You will feel it (the shock) on your pet’s fur, on your clothing, or on any metal surface in your home. This happens because when air is too dry it becomes extremely conducive to static electricity. But you can reduce its conductivity by simply increasing humidity.
With all these reasons and more, it might be time to look into getting your very own humidifier or even think about gifting one to friends and family.