Dry Winter Air & Humidifiers
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The cold winter season has arrived and it is more important than ever to stay on top with the latest wellness tips and be prepared to stay healthy no matter the weather! This week’s health tip… Humidifiers!

Dry Winter Air
The dry air brought on by low humidity, cold temperatures, and the use of centralized heating systems, can make the problem of dry skin worse during the winter season.

When the air is dry it can begin to shed away thin layers of oil that trap moisture in the skin and cause more moisture than usual to escape from our body. This can lead to irritating skin conditions such as eczema accompanied by symptoms like extremely dry skin, itchy rash/flares, and cracking lips.

The cold, dry air of the winter may also pull moisture from the mouth and nose, causing the throat and nasal passages to lose water as well. This dryness increases the chance to be effected by different irritants, colds, sinus infections and the flu. Certain breathing conditions such as asthma and allergies can also become worse if not managed.

A great way to maintain healthy humidity levels at home or in your office space is through humidifiers!

A point-of-use humidifier is a device that increases humidity (moisture) in a single room by releasing water vapor or steam to increase moisture levels in the air (humidity). Increased air moisture can reduce skin problems and breathing issues caused by dry air during the winter time.

Skin care experts recommend maintaining a humidity level between 30% - 50%!

When buying a humidifier device for the home, it is important to consider the health risks, maintenance requirements, and cost. The good thing is that humidifiers are very affordable nowadays!

There are 2 main types of humidifiers; cool-mist and warm-mist. In homes especially with children and pets – it is best to avoid warm-mist humidifiers as they may be a potential hazard for burns from the hot steam that is released. The warm-mist humidifier also consumes more electricity to heat the water.

Cool-mist humidifiers are considerably safer but require regular maintenance to keep it clean!

Cool-mist devices come in two types as well; ultrasonic and evaporative humidifiers.

Ultrasonic Humidifier: The cheapest and most energy-efficient of the two devices uses vibrations to transform water into a fine mist that is released from the fan.

Evaporative Humidifier: This humidifier releases moisture into the air by blowing it directly from the stored water and fan – a great benefit is that it is usually a very noiseless alternative comfortable enough for the home.

Precautions: Although useful, humidifiers may cause health problems and spread harmful bacteria if they aren't maintained properly or if humidity levels stay too high. When using a humidifier at home, it is important to monitor moisture levels and keep the humidifier clean. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria and make certain breathing conditions worse such as asthma and allergies.

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