The Health Benefits Of Humidifiers Are Confirmed By Government Health AgenciesWritten by Alex under General | No Comments
You don’t just have to believe what we tell you when it comes to the health benefits of humidifiers for use in the home. The United States’ National Institute of Health and MedlinePlus state that a cold humidifier, in the case of children’s treatment, is a real bonus to helping relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.
On MedlinePlus’ website concerning the use of humidifiers they offer some helpful advice on using a humidifier when it comes to a child’s bedroom when they’re not well.
- Do not run a humidifier for a long time. If room surfaces are constantly damp or wet to the touch, mold and mildew can grow. This can cause breathing problems in some people.
- Humidifiers must be drained and cleaned daily, because bacteria can grow in standing water.
When you’re feeling congested a humidifier moistens the air that you breathe, thins in turn will thin some of the mucus in your sinuses and make your throat feel less dry and scratchy. These factors will make it easier to breathe without coughing and sniffing while also making it easier for you to clear mucus.
While a humidifier will help you feel more comfortable it’s also very important to make sure your humidifier is healthy and well maintained as well. Keeping it clean and topped up with fresh water is very important otherwise you could find that it is starting to make you ill, not feel better!
Steam humidifiers provide hygienic humidity control as the heating of the water kills all germs and the moisture released is sterile. A steam humidifier is the ideal choice for anyone with a respiratory illness, for raising the humidity in a nursery or for combating the symptoms of croup. Unlike ultrasonic misting humidifiers, they do not introduce dust to the air as minerals present in the water remain behind in the water tank when the water is evaporated. However, they do need to be positioned out of reach when used in a nursery as the steam being release is obviously hot at the point of release.
Instead of using heating elements cold water humidifiers work by utilising one of a number of methods, one uses an impeller, or high speed spinning disk to transfer tiny water droplets into the air. Evaporative humidifiers transfer moisture by directing air over a membrane which is in contact with water from the reservoir and finally ultrasonic diffusers which create a mist by transferring high frequency vibrations through the water’s surface agitating it into a vapour without making it hot.
These machines are easy to maintain, everything you need do is outlined in the instructions and care manual but essentially all you need do is:
Change the water in the reservoir every day
Clean the whole machine every three days
Use distilled water, mineral rich tap water will fur the machinery up in no time
Accurately monitor the humidity in your home. Humidity of more than 60% will encourage condensation and damp, which can lead to dangerous fungus and spores.