For many people, wintertime means dry air, dry skin, and an increased chance of getting sick. That’s why a humidifier can be such an essential part of your winter survival kit. A home humidifier adds much-needed moisture to the air and can also improve your health and help you avoid some of the most common wintertime ailments. This blog will explore how a home humidifier can improve your health by relieving dry skin, allergies, and common winter illnesses.
What is a Humidifier?
A whole-home humidifier is a device connected to the home’s duct system that increases moisture in the air. When turned on, whether manually or automatically, it adds moisture to the air, is pushed by a fan through the duct system, and is distributed throughout the house.
Benefits of Using a Humidifier
Reduced Risk of Viral Infections
Dry air can cause viruses to become airborne and spread more easily. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier can help reduce your risk of contracting a viral infection, such as the flu or the common cold. Studies have shown that homes kept at a 40-60% humidity decrease the risk of contracting the virus. The flu virus can typically survive in a dry environment for 24 hours, whereas the survival time in a humid environment drastically decreases.
Dry Skin Relief
The dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to become dry, cracked, and itchy. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, which helps return moisture to your skin, alleviating these symptoms and keeping your skin looking healthy all winter long.
Breathing Relief for Those With Asthma and Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma, a humidifier can help by adding moisture to the air and loosening mucus in the nose and throat. This allows you to breathe more easily and may help reduce allergy symptoms or asthma attacks.
Talk to The Experts!
If you want to help improve your health while staying inside this winter, contact the experts at Prestige Air Heating & Cooling, LLC! We can install a humidifier for your home so you can stay healthy and comfortable all winter long. Your skin and respiratory system will thank you!