Humidifiers: Why Use Them?

- Oct 06, 2016-

Let me begin by saying that we are a great fan of increasing humidification in the winter months, especially for those of us who live in the frozen north and are forced to hibernate indoors all winter. However, as a company we have had a love-hate relationship with these units, since some humidifiers tend to have reliability issues. Our challenge has been to find a humidifier that does the job right, without the drawbacks or reliability problems.

The good news is that humidifier technology has come a long way over the past couple of years. They are now easier to maintain, much quieter, and have even omitted the white mineral dust which causes respiratory problems. We did find however that there is a universal tendency for manufacturers to exaggerate the square footage that is usually covered by their humidifiers. We have adjusted our technical specification charts on our web site to reflect what we believe to be the real square foot coverage.

We recommend that indoor humidity levels in winter should be around 30 to 40%. Wintry cold air holds less moisture, and when it is heated indoors becomes even drier, setting the stage for itchy dry skin, sinus attacks, dry eyes and the like.

  • Relieve cold, allergy, and asthma symptoms by keeping nasal passages moist, which also helps speed up the healing process

  • Moisture is essential for preventing nose bleeds and relieving dry, aching sinuses

  • Sleep with a snoring partner? Humidifiers help alleviate the intensity of that annoying snoring sound

  • Soothes dried out, itchy, cracked skin and lips

  • Reduce unpleasant static electricity in the air

  • Valuable wood furniture, floors, and musical instruments are protected from cracking and warping

  • Retain your heat better with moist air, reducing your heating costs

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