Around this time of year, starts the dread of the viral season. The flu, winter cold viruses, and allergies are never something we look forward too. As we search for relief of our symptoms, some of us start pulling out our trusted humidifiers. I am sure there have been times when users have thought if it is really beneficial in helping relieve symptoms, or if maybe it isn’t doing any good at all.

Every humidifier has one thing in common, they were all designed to add moisture to the air around you. They all work a little differently because of how each one is designed, but they all release moisture to the content of the air you are breathing. If you are breathing in a dry air, it can dry out the mucous membranes in your throat which can cause nosebleeds, dry eyes, not to mention make breathing unbearable. When the air contains more moisture, it makes breathing easier and more comfortable. If air lacks moisture, it can cause multiple things to occur. Such as, your skin and lips will become overly dry and irritated, and it can also cause the wood in your furniture and on your floor to become dry and cracked.

When you add moisture to the air around you, as a humidifier does, it can help with colds and allergies as well. When the air is dry in your home, the nasal passages, sinuses, and your throat become drier and irritated. This can make your cold or allergies feel worse.  Humidifiers can keep the air moist enough to prevent this discomfort. You will need to monitor the levels of moister, however, so that there isn’t too much moisture forming which can cause mold and dust mites to grow.

In conclusion, humidifiers are beneficial for this time of year. They can lessen the irritating symptoms of cold viruses, allergies, and make breathing a lot more comfortable in your home.