What Is Humidity?

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What is Humidity?

What is Humidity?

Humidity is the amount of water vapor that is in the air. Having too much or too little humidity can be hazardous. For example, high temperatures combined with a high humidity can cause health risks, especially for the elderly and young children. In addition, excess humidity can be a breeding ground for mold and other unsafe mildew.

Why use a Humidifier?

Humidifiers help to relieve symptoms from a common cold, flu, or sinus infection. They also assist in alleviating dry eyes, itchy skin, eczema, dry nasal passages, cracked lips, and nosebleeds.

Should I buy a cool or warm mist humidifier?

Warm mist humidifiers use electricity to create steam. The water in a warm mist humidifier is first boiled and then cooled before leaving the machine. Boiling the water prior to being released into the air helps to avoid bacteria in the mist.

Cool mist humidifiers do not boil they water, they simply vaporize it.  Unlike a warm mist humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers are more energy efficient and do not present risks such as burns or fire hazards. Ultrasonic humidifiers are in the same category as cool mist humidifiers. These humidifiers release moisture by ultrasonic vibrations.

Why should you use a humidifier in the winter time?

During winter months, the air becomes dry which can make it more difficult to breath. Having extra moisture in the air will help you breathe easier and feel better. In order to have moist, healthy air during the winter time, a humidifier is a necessity. The machine pumps water, in the form of vapor, into your home creating air that is moist and soft.  The humidifier not only keeps the air breathable, but retains the appropriate moisture level in your home. If you live in an area where cold weather is at its peak in winter months, you may want to invest in a humidifier.