19 Outstanding Benefits of Using Humidifiers in Your Home

A home humidifier is one of the most essential pieces of equipment you should have in your home. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the scorching peaks of the summer or the isolated days of the coldest winters, the humidity of the air in your home, or your office needs to be controlled. Your own well-being depends on it.

When the air becomes dry, which is only amplified when you’re using either heating appliances or air conditioners, this can affect your health in so many ways, sometimes without you even realizing it. Not only does it force your respiratory system into overdriving while trying to extract oxygen from the air, if you already suffer from a respiratory condition, but dry air is also only going to want it worse.

You’ll always find that dry air will literally dry out your respiratory passages. This will include your nasal passages, all your skin – which always absorbs air – and it can even make your hair dry out. You’ll probably find yourself experiencing what is known as ‘cotton mouth’ or become increasingly thirsty throughout the day.

In a worst-case scenario, you can also find yourself in coughing fits which may keep you sleeping at night. However, this is only scratching the surface when it comes to the negative side effects of what dry air can do.

Today, we’re going to explore the ins, the outs and the numerous benefits that humidifiers can provide for you, your home and your loved ones. Let’s jump straight in!

1. Protects Against Illnesses

One study published in PLOS ONE found that reaching and maintain a higher humidity level in your home can works wonders when it comes to keeping illnesses and health conditions such as colds and flu at bay.

This is because colds and flu, as the name suggests, can spread quickly and more effectively in less humid air because their airborne properties are amplified. In short, in a room with a humidity level of 23%, 75% of tested cold particles were still infectious. In a room with a humidity of 43%, only 14% of the virus was infectious.

2. Reduces Congestion

In the event that you do contract a cold or flu virus, which is inevitable several times in your lifetime, we’re all aware of the blocked up, and congested feelings that we get that are hard to shift. However, adding a humidifier to your house to raise the moisture levels in the air can help to reduce the chance of your mucus become dry and hard.

This will help it to flow much more quickly, making it far easier to sneeze and blow your nose. This can also help you stop having such a stuffy nose, irritated nostrils, inflamed sinuses, a sore throat, and all the other symptoms of having a cold or flu.

3. Recover from Illnesses Faster

If you’re suffering from a cold or flu or fall victim to a respiratory condition such as asthma, it’s been proven time and time again that you’ll recover so much faster when the air is more humid.

Not only will it lessen your symptoms as we mentioned above, but it will also help you clear your airways which will naturally result in a faster healing process.

4. Improves Your Quality of Sleep

If you’re sleeping in a dry environment, the chances are high that you’ll wake up throughout the night with headaches, scratchy and irritating throats and a dry nose, which is not the best way to start your day.

Making sure you set up a humidifier in your room can help you sleep far more comfortably throughout the night and will even help you to feel much fresher when you wake up. Therefore, many leading pediatricians will recommend that you have a humidifier in your child’s room or nursery.

Likewise, the more humid your bedroom it is, the warmer it will be, perfect for those winter nights when it’s simply far too cold to fall asleep comfortably!

5. Added Protection for Your Hair

Collagen is the substance that is hair is made up from and relies solely on moisture for it to remain flexible. If your hair, and scalp, is lacking moisture, it’s going to quickly go dry and brittle, which is never a good thing.

This will usually result in an itchy scalp, which can also become flaky and increase the chances of developing dandruff. Adding a humidifier to your home is a great way to counteract these effects, so your hair is always nice and healthy.

6. Protects Your Voice

As we’ve spoken about above, dry hair can quickly cause you to have a dry or scratchy throat which is only going to put pressure on your voice box.

This will make your voice sound croaky and coarse which can be uncomfortable for you… and the person listening to you! Adding humidity to your air will only make things easier and more comfortable for you.

7. Minimizes Airborne Allergies

Allergen particles are everywhere, whether that’s in the form of dust mite particles, pollen, pet hair, molds or any other particles you can typically find in the air of your home. If you suffer a condition which reacts to allergens such as these, investing in an air humidifier can work wonders in reducing your symptoms and helping you feel better for longer.

8. Reduces Snoring Episodes

Since dry air only brings about negative sides effects to your respiratory well-being, increasing the humidity levels of your home is a great way to keep your airways clear and moist which can do wonders for people who suffer from bouts of snoring.

9. Minimizes the Risk of Static Shock

Do you commonly get static shocks while you’re touching the items in your household? This is normally a very common indicator that the air is too dry.

You could find this when you’re touching any surface, your pets or carpeted/fabric areas. Invest in a humidifier to raise the humidity, and you’ll reduce the number of static shocks you’re experiencing.

This will also help you protect your electrical devices and circuits in your house over longer periods of time. This, of course, will save you money since you won’t have to keep replacing your products and electronic devices.

10. Reduces Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions around the world which dry air will only make worse since the allergens that set it off will stick into your dry throat, only making the condition worse and more regular. There are also numerous health effects that relate to asthma and humidity.

11. Reduces the Risk of Dry Skin

Our skin dries out all the time, and this can have huge health consequences that will affect us in all aspects of our lives, especially during the winter months. The most commonly affected areas are our lips, hands, and face.

In times like this, you’ll also find wrinkles will appear more commonly, as will cracks, which will continue to worsen the longer you’re living in an arid environment. While you may typically tackle these problems with lotions or hand creams, but these conditions can simply be addressed by investing in an air humidifier, saving you so much money over time!

Over extended periods of time, this can also help to combat the signs of aging and further skin conditions later in life.

12. Reduces Risk of Dry Eyes

Do you find that you’re scratching or rubbing your eyes a lot? While this is a common issue relating to looking at screens too often, it can also be a key indicator that you’re in a place with dry air.

We all produce tears at different rates; if the air is drying our eyes out and our tear ducts can’t keep up with making our eyes moist, they’re going to be uncomfortable all the time.

13. Fewer Feelings of Dehydration

Do you feel like you’re drinking lots of liquids and water through the day, but it’s not making you feel any less dehydrated? The chances are that you’re in an environment where the air is dry. In fact, every time you exhale, you’re letting moisture out of your lungs, which in turn can make you feel thirsty, even if you’re not.

By making sure you’re drinking the right amount of water every day while breathing in humid air is a great way to make sure that your body is fully hydrated in every way. If you get this right, you’ll notice a huge up spike in your day-to-day energy levels.

14. Happy, Comfortable Pets

If you’ve got pets in your household, while remembering all the conditions and benefits we’ve listed above, our cats and dogs can be so much more sensitive to dry air, even more so than we are which is why it’s vital to keep the air humid, so they can be comfortable while they are in the house.

Dogs especially are very prone to allergies so ensuring that they have access to clean and humid air is a great way to make sure that they’re happy and healthy.

15. Happy, Comfortable Houseplants

There are so many benefits that come with having and keeping houseplants in your household, in addition to creating a natural atmosphere around your home. However, for these plants to survive, they’re going to need access to water, especially the water in the air.

If your air is dry, or the plants are absorbing most of the moisture that’s in the air, you’re going to need to invest in a humidifier to keep things balanced. If you have houseplants at home, you’ll want to aim to keep your humidity around the 40-60% mark.

16. Stops Nosebleeds

If you suffer from nosebleeds regularly, this could be because the dry air in your home is drying out your nasal passages, contributing to your nose bleeds happening often. In short, the more humidity in your air, the moister your nasal passage and the less prone to internally cracking or splitting they will be.

17. Saves Money Long-Term

The more humid the air in your house is, the warmer it will be. This is just basic science, and we see it all the time in the weather. If your home is arid, this can make your property feel a good 3-5 degrees lower than it is, which during the winter will make you far more inclined to turn the heater on when you don’t need, resulting in your spending far more money on your electricity bills.

By investing in an eco-friendly humidifier, you’ll be spending far less money on your electric bills than you would if you were using your heating, saving you much more money throughout the year.

18. Reduces the Concentration of VOC Chemicals

When you use air fresheners, paints or spray products like cleaners and deodorants, these fill your air with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be extremely damaging to your health and the environment.

These are also the chemicals we are renowned for contributing massively to the effects of global warming. If you use your humidifier to keep your levels between 35-45%, this is an ideal environment to combat these VOCs, diluting them to levels which are far less harmful and stops them traveling so far into your home.

19. Maintains the Quality of Your Furniture

In dry air environments, furniture is very prone to drying out which can result in cracking over time, which will then need replacing. However, this same concept applies to everything, including doors, moldings, window frames, floorboards and anything wooden in your home.

Adding a humidifier to your home is a great way to keep moisture locked into your furnishings that will help stay strong, stable and high-quality for many years to come.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are so many benefits that come with introducing a humidifier into your life. Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your own health, the well-being of your loved ones or pets or just generally improve the quality of your household, investing in a humidifier could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

  • April 26, 2018
    Nathan Butland
     

    Nathan is a senior editor here at HomeRiff. He's a huge tech enthusiast and loves to write (a lot!). Nathan is seen mostly playing PC games in his free time.

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