As the weather changes and the air gets colder, you might notice things beginning to dry up in your home. Along with dry air often comes dry and cracked skin, chapped lips, and even a flakey scalp. We know dry weather this doesn’t provide a healthy or happy home and so we encourage you to consider investing in a humidifier.
What does a humidifier do?
As you may have guessed, a humidifier does the exact opposite of a dehumidifier. Where a dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air, a humidifier adds moisture during the dry months to help your home feel cozy. Often people find themselves switching from a dehumidifier in the hot, humid summers, to a humidifier in the dry winter months. Not only does a humidifier add comfort to your home, but you might also notice you’re getting a better night’s rest.
Types of Humidifiers
Different homes require different types of humidifiers. There are two main types of humidifier filters, cool air humidifiers and warm-mist humidifiers. Each work to ensure moisture is in the air, but provide different reasons for use. So which one should you buy?
Cool air humidifiers are there to mostly help combat allergies, while warm-mist humidifiers offer relief to those with a cold, asthma, respiratory infection or the flu. All humidifiers can relieve symptoms such as dry skin, sinus headaches, static hair, etc.
Taking Care of Your Humidifier
Aside from looking for the right humidifier, cleaning a humidifier regularly is very important. Humidifier filters last up to a month and should be changed within that time. Not changing your filter can bring mold and bacteria into the humidifier. This growth is due to the constant moisture that surrounds the filter. Where most filters have a chance to dry out, humidifier filters do not.
If you fail to maintain your humidifier by replacing the filter regularly, you can find yourself becoming sick. We recommend checking your filter every 2 weeks to ensure a healthy home.
Need more help? Visit our Humidifier Buying Guide