Okay, let’s talk about the one thing that’s really elevated my daily routine the last couple of months (and you’re probably like wtf)…let’s chat about humidifiers. Hear me out. I never thought that adding this one step in daily would add so many great benefits to my life and health. Right now, I have one humidifier going constantly in my bedroom and i’m currently looking for another one for my workspace, so I can reap the benies (benefits, it’s now a thing) all day long.
So let’s get down to it, here are 5 benefits that come along with using a humidifier in the Winter!
Helps prevent cold and flu viruses
Probably the most relevant (& important) benefit of this year is that a humidifier can help in preventing spread of respiratory viruses. A recent CDC study found that increased humidity levels to at least 43% renders about 85% of airborne viruses ineffective. Basically, higher humidity allows the virus particles to attach to the water droplets in the air and because of the heavier weight, they fall out of the air. Uhh can we get humidifiers going in every area of the country PLEASE.
Moisturizes dry skin
Do you ever feel like no matter how much chapstick or lotion you put on, you continuously feel dry and scaly? The biggest cause of this is dry, winter air. When you are surrounded by dry air, the moisture in your skin is pulled into the air, leaving behind dry and chapped skin. Adding humidity into the air alleviates that issue, keeping your skin a little bit more hydrated!
Soothes winter sinuses
I don’t know about you, but my sinuses in the winter are always HORRIBLE. I can’t breathe, my throat hurts, headaches, the whole sha-bang. Using a humidifier prevents that tight feeling in your nose and the post-nasal drip that makes your throat hurt. This will keep you feeling more comfortable and healthy in the winter months.
Keeps your home feeling warmer
Dryer air makes your home feel colder and vice versa, humid air makes your home feel warmer. Keeping your humidifier running will keep your home at a more comfortable temperature and may help reduce your heating costs. That’s a win-win for me, who’s cold pretty much year-round.
Happy house plants
We aren’t the only ones that can feel the impact of dry air, your house plants do as well. Many houseplant’s growth can be stunted if the air is too dry, whereas humid air can cause them to thrive. Obviously, this depends on the type of house plants you have so do your research, but odds are they will favor a more humid environment.
Do you use a humidifier? Drop your reasons in the comments below, i’d love to hear them!