Why you should use a humidifier during the winter

Who hasn’t experienced the discomfort of dry air in winter? Fortunately, a humidifier can be used to improve air quality.

Air moisture: comfort first!

In winter, as in summer, it’s nice to be able to enjoy the comforts of home. There are so many things that make our home a haven: a warm fire in the fireplace, the people we love, soft background music and familiar sounds and smells. In Canada, we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors, so it is important that the air we breathe at home is pleasant and healthy.

Cigarette smoke, mould, certain household cleaning products and woodstoves are examples of things that can affect the quality of the air we breathe in our homes. Excessive moisture can compromise air quality, but air that is too dry can cause discomfort or trigger and exacerbate health problems. 

Air humidification

Dry air and health

Due to the climate they live in, most Canadians have felt the discomfort dry air can cause. Here are some examples of symptoms caused by dry air:

  • dry irritated eyes, nose and throat
  • nose bleeds
  • nasal congestion
  • dry skin

Moreover, dry air may contribute to worsening certain health issues such as a cold, the flu, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sinusitis, allergies, and xerostomia (dryness of the mouth). 

Appropriate air quality and moisture help to breathe effectively.

Dry air and health

Moisture levels in the air and humidifiers

Moisture improves air quality. It's a good idea to measure moisture levels in your home regularly. The device used to measure moisture in your home is called a hygrometer. Measure moisture levels in your home using this type of device and keep them between 30 and 50% in winter. If needed, use a humidifier when the air is too dry.

However, be sure to monitor moisture using a hygrometer. If moisture levels reach or exceed 50%, stop using the humidifier. If this occurs without a humidifier (during summer, for instance), the use of a dehumidifier may be considered.

Air that is too moist promotes the proliferation of mould, bacteria and dust mites that can affect health, particularly for people living with asthma.

Whatever the season, air humidifiers are a good way of dealing with dry air. There are three types of portable humidifiers, hot steam humidifiers (also called "vaporizers"), cool mist humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers. Your pharmacist can give you advice on the advantages and inconveniences of the different types and models available. This will enable you to make an informed choice.

When used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, humidifiers are considered to be beneficial and safe. However, if not cleaned and disinfected regularly, their use can lead to certain problems, especially for people living with asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems.

Your loved ones deserve to breathe clean and appropriately moistened air. For many families, a humidifier can be an excellent option!

Vicks

Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier, 1 unit, Blue
Crane

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, 1 unit, Hippo

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.

Health Select

Ultrasonic Humidifier, 5.5 L
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Why you should use a humidifier during the winter

Who has never experienced the discomfort of dry air in winter? Fortunately, one can rely on the use of a humidifier to improve air quality.
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