Using a Humidifier in My Home
I’ve been using a humidifier on and off for a few years now. Between my law school apartment and our current place, I’ve pretty much always had one around, with various periods of use as the seasons changed. I can’t really remember why I decided to get one in the first place — it probably had something to do with dry skin.
Either way, I’m glad I did, because I think it makes a huge difference. It helps so much with dry skin, whether that’s randomly in the summer, or during dry winter months.
Since I’ve been running mine so much lately (thanks, dry skin!), I decided to do some research about why humidifiers work and see exactly they’re known to help. I personally have the Crane Droplet Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and love it. My only issue with it is that it’s a bit of a pain to fill, just based on the shape.
What is a Humidifier?
A humidifier, first and foremost, is a machine that emits water into the air to increase the humidity in the air around it. It increases humidity by increasing the water levels in the air. Easy enough.
Will Humidifiers Help With Dry Skin and Eyes?
Dry air tends to dry out our skin. While warm air is typically more humid than cold, warm air from heaters tends to be dry and can make dry skin worse. Humidifiers can help reduce the dryness caused by heating systems, so they’re often recommended in the colder months. The same principle works in the warmer weather, though, so they’re a great option if you have dry skin any time year round.
Can Humidifiers Help Alleviate Illness?
Humidifiers aren’t medication, obviously, but they may help out with side effects of colds and allergies. If you have dry skin from a runny nose, for example, having some extra humidity in the air may help make that feel better or heal up faster.
How Do You Clean a Humidifier?
It is important to clean any humidifier you use in order to prevent bacteria growth. Good Housekeeping suggests cleaning your humidifier once a week (and more frequently if you or someone in your household has any respiratory issues).
Most models have instructions on how to fully clean the unit, so that’s a great first step when figuring out how to clean the humidifier. Many resources recommend cleaning with vinegar and a brush to remove any mineral deposits. We haven’t used vinegar so far, but, instead, have used dish soap to thoroughly clean the base and water tank.
Things to Consider When Picking Out a Humidifier
I admit, I didn’t do a ton of research when I picked out my current humidifier. But there are a few specs that you might want to keep an eye out for when you’re picking one out. Water tank capacity, for example, makes a difference in how long you can run the humidifier for — a larger tank means it can run for longer before needing to be refilled.
Besides water tank capacity, I like to keep an eye out for reviews that reference a low noise level and note ease of use and maintenance.
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