Owning a humidifier is thought to be an essential part of maintaining a healthy home. Yet, most homes don’t end up having a humidifier. With the many misconceptions that humidifiers are expensive because of the regular filter changes, we’re here to debunk all the myths and present you with the valid benefits of having a humidifier (that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg). Without further ado, let’s dive into the many benefits of these awesome appliances.
It Can Prevent Colds And Flu
The first benefit of having a humidifier in your home that we’re going to talk about might be the most important one. As we are well aware, viral colds and flu can make you feel awful and can even severely impact your sleep. These common viruses pose a much bigger problem nowadays in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is all the more reason to do everything in our power to avoid getting sick. When the air lacks proper humidity, it will increase the infectivity of airborne viruses. The reason why this happens is that the mucosa (the inner lining) of our mouth and nose is more susceptible to virus infection if it’s dried out. This is directly in correlation with the humidity levels, or lack thereof, in your home. Furthermore, higher humidity allows viruses a much better chance to attach to water vapor, therefore decreasing the chances of getting in our airways.
It’s A Small Solution To Big Problems
If we were asked to name a single home appliance or a minor improvement that you could bring to your home for maximum improvement – a humidifier would have to be among our top choices. As you’re realizing by now, a humidifier can have great health benefits, especially in the age where air quality is everything. However, these aren’t the only benefits a humidifier can bring to your home. We’ll discuss this in detail but for the sake of the conversation it can also help you save up money in a few different ways, and who wouldn’t want that. Many people avert their eyes from humidifiers because most of them require strict maintenance which is mostly based on changing filters regularly. Filterless options such as impeller, stream, and ultrasonic humidifiers are best for this situation. Furthermore, not having to change the filters will also help you save up money on maintenance, with the high payout in the long run.
Your Furnishings Will Last Longer
When your home is extremely dry, the paint and the wallpaper can be affected to the point when they start peeling off. This doesn’t pay off for two main reasons. Firstly, you will have to reinvest your time and resources into making these repairs. And secondly, which is certainly the worse option, you will probably have to replace them if the damage is too great. Fortunately, there is an even better option than these two, and that is to adjust the humidity levels, so the furnishings don’t get ruined. In some extreme cases, even wood flooring can separate and leave gaps that will quickly fill with dust and rubble, therefore, preventing it from closing back. And we all know how expensive flooring can be. In other words, your furnishings will last much longer, and you will end up saving money on unnecessary repairs that could have easily been avoided with simple humidity adjustments.
Smaller Energy Bills
As we have previously mentioned, owning a humidifier can spare you the unnecessary costs of refurbishing or redoing your floors and paneling if they should happen to dry out. This isn’t the only way in which a humidifier can help you save. The simple explanation behind this is that if there is a higher amount of moisture in your home, it will help to make it feel warmer at a lower temperature. See where I’m going with this? Low humidity can increase your energy bills by also diminishing the efficiency of your home’s heating system because the air that captures more moisture can maintain more heat, meaning it will feel warmer. In other words, low humidity means cooler air, leading to a higher energy bill. In addition to a healthier life, the proper maintenance of humidity levels can also help you save money twofold, and should be seriously considered as an option.
As you’ve probably gathered by now, owning a humidifier is greatly beneficial primarily for your health, and secondly for your home. In addition to this, it will also help you save money on refurbishment, as well as on energy bills. The cost-effectiveness of having a humidifier will also significantly improve if you go for the filterless humidifiers, which have modern technology that doesn’t require frequent and expensive filter changes.