Healthy air is about more than pollution and oxygen levels: our bodies necessitate that we are in comfortable environments with an optimal amount of humidity in the air to stay well. Though as the climate fluctuates throughout the year, changing weather patterns change the air both outside and within your home, which can cause many health issues and bring about discomfort.
One method for tackling the problems caused in part by extremely dry air is easily solved through the use of a vaporizer: a machine that increases the humidity in the air to something far more tolerable to your body’s respiratory system. With proper care for the machine and adequate regulation of your humidity levels, incorporation of a vaporizer into your daily health regimen will bring about many health benefits.
Combating Low Humidity Levels in Your Home
A vaporizer works by emitting water vapor into the air, increasing humidity levels by either producing a cool mist, steam or blowing air through a wet water filter that is blown throughout the room.
These machines make the air easier to breathe by bringing up the water level in the air that causes many health problems, such as respiratory issues, constant bloody noses, dry skin, painful sinus headaches, and extremely cracked lips.
Dry air causes migraine headaches in some individuals, while others simply can’t stand the uncomfortable feeling of an arid atmosphere. Since our body is comprised of over 75% water molecules, it makes sense that our sleep, respiratory, and digestive systems feel out of balance when our surrounding environment is incredibly dry. An ideal humidity level inside your home – irrespective of the weather outside – should be between 30 and 50%.
Vaporizers work wonders to rectify this imbalance. With more water molecules in the air, it instantly becomes easier to breathe – especially at night, which helps to solve insomnia tendencies for many who are sensitive to the dry air. Increased breathing abilities lead to a greater intake of oxygen, which is helpful for maintaining restorative, relaxed sleep habits.
Those who use humidifiers stay cooler in the hot summer months, feeling refreshed after a night of sleep instead of irritated after failing to sleep through night sweats and discomfort. Humidifiers can be of assistance year-round, however, especially when indoor heating systems lead to dryer indoor atmospheres. And though there is no cure for the common cold, humidifiers are excellent for alleviating all of the problematic and painful symptoms quickly and naturally.
Caring for Your Vaporizer: Preventing Sickness and Other Adverse Effects
If you use a humidifier in your home, you will want to make sure to take the necessary precautions to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew in the house. Furthermore, although some pests such as particular clothes moths, ants, and other insects are repelled through the use of a humidifier, other kinds of pests and parasites such as termites, bed bugs, and woodlice, are drawn to the excess water.
If anything, this suggests that a balance must be struck between overly-dry and overly-humid indoor air, and vaporizers can be used in conjunction with other machines to maintain the ideal humidity levels. Some humidifier users also employ the use of a dehumidifier, which removes excess water molecules if the once-dry air becomes too humid.
Using a vaporizer with a humidistat (also known as a hydrometer) will allow you to keep a close eye on the humidity levels without too much guesswork about which machine would be appropriate to use to maintain a healthy balance.
Keep the humidifier clean and disinfected, and replace the filters as often, if not more often, than recommended. As it is easy to trap allergen molecules within any kind of humidifier or dehumidifier, speak with your doctor before incorporating these machines into your health regimen, especially if you have asthma, breathing problems, or chronic bronchitis.