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Dry air can cause certain problems that can be helped by using a humidifier. How do you choose, use and maintain this type of device?
Air in a home that is too dry can cause various problems, and in some cases, contribute to a health problem. Generally speaking, adequate moisture improves air quality. It’s a good idea to periodically measure humidity levels in your home.
Health Canada recommends a humidity level of 30% in winter and of 50% in summer to avoid dry air, while preventing mould growth. A device that measures the humidity level in the air, called a hygrometer, can be purchased at an affordable price.
The easiest way to achieve the appropriate humidity level in your home is undoubtedly to use one or several humidifiers. When used as recommended by the manufacturer, these devices can be very useful and safe. Furthermore, if the relative humidity level becomes too high, the use of a dehumidifier may also be necessary.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself before purchasing a humidifier:
There are three main types of humidifiers on the market—cool mist, warm mist, and ultrasonic.
Here is some advice to help you make the best use of a humidifier:
Before purchasing a humidifier, ask the advice of your pharmacist, who can help you weigh the pros and cons of the various models. In addition, pharmacists can inform you about how to use, clean and maintain the device. If this purchase is intended to prevent or treat a symptom or health issue, speak to them about it. They can help you to make the best decision and perhaps suggest other options that you hadn’t thought of!
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