COVID-19 remains a prominent factor in all of our lives as variations continue to arise and spread rapidly. In addition to COVID-19, we face many other viral infections and colds year-round. Though there is no sure way to prevent the spread of viral infections, there are many preventative measures that can be taken — the use of a humidifier is one of them.
What is a Humidifier Used For?
Humidifiers are a great option as the mist released raises the humidity in the air, increasing moisture. The air essentially becomes thicker and heavier, making it harder for germs to stay in the air, which greatly reduces the chances of airborne viruses spreading.
Humidifiers can also be beneficial for individuals who snore or are already sick. Again, this is due to the moisture increase in the air. The moisture prevents dryness from arising as a result of snoring. When you’re sick or have allergies, it can ease symptoms of dry cough and nasal congestion. For asthmatics, it can improve breathing quality by adjusting the humidity of the air so it’s not too dry or too humid.
For anyone who is a plant mom, the humidity created by a humidifier can improve moisture levels for plants and be beneficial, as the air indoor can tend to be very drying to plants.
For those that suffer from dry skin, a humidifier can help prevent dryness by maintaining the skin’s moisture levels.
What are the Different Types of Humidifiers?
Humidifiers are classified as either hot or cold, the difference being the temperature of the water that you fill the humidifier with. Both have equal benefits and are really up to the preference of the individual. To use a humidifier, fill the water tank, secure it to the base, and plug it in. The humidifier will release water mist into the air at the speed of your choosing. Most humidifiers will require a cleaning once a week with vinegar to prevent bacteria.
Some individuals may decide that they want to add essential oils to their humidifier, whether it be for the benefits they believe the essential oils provide, or for the smell. Some humidifiers come with a tray where you can add the essential oils. If there is no tray, it is not advised to use essential oils, as they can cause issues for the humidifier.
Where to Find Humidifiers?
Humidifiers range in prices depending on the size and brand, but many can be bought at an affordable price. Some notable brands are Levoit, Vicks, Pure Enrichment, and Honeywell.