Does someone in your home suffer from severe allergy symptoms? If so, you may have heard about humidifiers and how they can help manage pesky allergy problems. In this article, we’ll discuss what humidifiers are, how they help relieve allergy symptoms and what options are available.
Let’s get started.
What are Humidifiers? How Do they Work?
Humidifiers are electronically powered devices that increase humidity in the air. Most humidifiers work by pouring water into a small container located inside the device. Once the humidifier is plugged into an outlet and begins running, it breaks up the water into small particles and releases them into the air.
Humidifiers can be small and used for a single room. They can also be installed for an entire home or building, although these are usually less effective.
How Do Humidifiers Help with Allergies?
Humidity plays a large role in allergy symptoms. An increase in humidity helps prevent symptoms from forming and treats them as they occur.
For instance, a common cause of allergic rhinitis is dry, inflamed nasal passages. When the passages become dry, they cause symptoms of nasal congestion and irritation. Medications that treat allergic rhinitis provide quick relief from dryness and inflammation. But a better and longer-term solution is to add more humidity into the air. Many people also notice that the increased humidity helps with eczema and other sensitive skin issues.
Is it Possible to Have Too Much Humidity?
If you choose to install a humidifier in your home, you must find a balance. Too much humidity can lead to other problems such as an increase in mold or dust mites, both of which can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Your goal is to aim for an environment that is not too damp, but not too dry.
What Types of Humidifiers are Available?
To manage allergy symptoms, your best option is probably a point-of-use device. These humidifiers are designed to humidify the air in one or several rooms, and they feature a water tank that is filled regularly. The most common type of humidifier is called a cool mist humidifier. Other options include vaporizers, impeller humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers.
An important piece of advice is to keep the humidifier clean. If you allow water to sit in the unit, it can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which will then blow out into the air. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to clean the unit and change its filter.
It’s spring, which means allergy season is here! Call Brewer Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about installing a humidifier and improving the indoor air quality in your home!
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