The concept of a humidifier is pretty simple, really. Humidifiers emit vaporized water to increase the level of humidity in the air, shockingly enough. “But why do we want wetter air?” one might ask, and that’s a pretty fair question considering that most of what you read about humidity is focused on telling you how to fight it (*mind travels back in time to frizzy hair of beach vacations gone by*). As it turns out, our bodies tend to prefer existing in a slightly moistened state (yes, we said it – a moistened state), and adding a humidifier to your home can do your body a world of good.
Here are five good reasons for you to pick up a humidifier today and enjoy your slightly moister (yup, went there again) quality of air. (Note: make sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent it from getting moldy. Blegh.)
It can heal dry, itchy skin – even psoriasis.
Your skin is going to catch most of that moist air, and consequently might show the moist (err, most) benefits. Increased humidity can soothe your flaky, itchy, literally-cracking-open skin without requiring an extra 15 minutes in the bathroom each morning for treatment. When your mom asks how you are no longer trapped in the body of a perpetually shedding snake, just tell her it must be something in the water(y air).
It might bring relief for allergy sufferers and asthma flares.
Did you know that there are tiny little flagellates inside your nostrils acting as your first line of defense against all sorts of bacterial boogeymen and viral vigilantes? Humidifiers help keep the cilium in your nose healthy and effective by keeping them saturated, so that the microscopic cellular strands inside your nasal cavity can do their duty and help trap some of the pollutants floating around in the air. Possible pollutants include dust, dander, mold, and all sorts of other particulates that you don’t want to enter into your lungs. When the air is dry, the cilia is unable to do their job as effectively, giving allergy sufferers and asthmatics a much harder time catching their breath, quite literally.
It could help with bloody noses.
Bloody smell! Nosebleeds can start for all kinds of reasons, but if you’re prone to them in the first place, dry air is your actual nemesis. Along with the cilia flailing around in there, the thin membranes of skin inside your nose benefit greatly from staying lubricated, and are much less prone to cracking open when they have some flexibility. Plus, a humidifier in the house seems a lot less painful than cauterizing your sniffer.
It might help you snore less.
If your snoring is due in any part to nasal congestion (and your nasal congestion is worse in dry air), sleeping with a humidifier cranked up high could help, and definitely won’t hurt. It’s probably not a panacea, especially if your snoring is caused by other physiological issues, but everything’s worth a shot when your significant other is getting that crazed look in their eye from weeks of interrupted sleep, right?
It might be a luxurious treatment for that nasty cold.
Humidifier sales tend to increase in the winter when there is naturally less water in the air and household heating systems have helped evaporate whatever was left. When it’s already dry inside and you’ve just been unlucky enough to pick up that bug going around the office, things can get real nasty real quick. Hovering over a humidifier while you binge watch Stranger Things for the third time can make it a little less miserable, especially if you’ve added some Vicks Vapo Steam Cough Suppressant into your humidifier’s mix.