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Do you own a humidifier? If you don’t, you might want to consider getting one ASAP. They’re not just for adding moisture to the air around your home, but also for the sake of your health.

Not a well known fact, but humidifiers are actually great for treating certain conditions like allergies, the common cold, and even the flu. They are so effective that you may be able to see results just minutes after turning one on. That makes them quicker, cheaper, and more effective than most medications!

Sounds interesting, right? Now let’s backtrack a bit and take a minute to answer the questions what is a humidifier?

It is a device that increases moisture (humidity) in a room or a building. You could use it at home or at work, both for the whole house, office building, or just a single room. Although the benefits of humidifiers come all-year round, it is more noticeable, and needed, when the air around is dry. Especially perfect for the upcoming winter months, or if you live in a dry climate.

So what exactly are these benefits?

Lower risk of colds and flus: the viruses and bacteria that cause colds and flus thrive in dry air. But when you make it humid they become inactive and unable to cause infections.
Quick recovery times: while you may be unable to stay away from colds and flus forever, you can recover from them faster if your home has high humidity. The moisture helps relieve most of the associated symptoms.
Ultrasonic HumidifierBetter sleep: dry air causes a dry mouth and dry nasal passages. Those two usually result in some serious discomfort that can literally keep you awake for the majority of the night. Even if you eventually get to sleep, chances are you will start to snore. That’s unhealthy, disruptive, and may even wake you up again.
Radiant skin and hair: your skin requires moisture to stay healthy. When the air is too dry it increased the likelihood of your skin stretching, cracking and look wrinkled. That increases the chance of skin diseases and conditions like eczema. The same goes for your hair. It will lose its strength, flexibility and glow when exposed to dry air.
Save on utilities: dry air feels colder than moist air. This in turn will result in increased electricity bills from turning up the thermostat in the colder months.
Healthy houseplants: plants need water, that’s a known fact. But what you might not know is that watering them will help them grow, but its actually moisture that will keep them vibrant and healthy.

Choosing the Best Humidifier

For you to get the maximum benefits of a humidifier it is important to choose the best there is. In that regard, its important to keep a few things in mind while looking through the brands available today.

Here are a few important factors to keep in mind:

Built-in or portable? A humidifier can be constructed as fixed-installation. Of course that requires remodeling the house to fit it within the structure’s fixtures. Seeing as that is a lot of work (and an expensive affair) you can opt for a much simpler, portable model.

The type: this depends on the technology that the humidifier uses. It can either be ultrasonic, evaporative, steam vaporizer, or impeller humidifier.

Size: humidifiers come in various sizes and capacities. If you want one that you can move around (say from one room to another) then a table-top model will do just fine. But if portability is not a concern you can choose a bigger console. It might be more expensive but it will definitely cover more space (including multiple rooms).

Cost: although investing in a good, durable humidifier is a great idea, you shouldn’t break your bank to get one. Just go for what you can afford. Regardless of your budget you can still get a great and reliable unit for your home or office.