With flu season lingering + spring playing peek-a-boo, it’s a hard time to stay healthy. There are a lot of things you can do to keep sickness at bay. Getting enough sleep, eating clean, drinking water, washing your hands, and avoiding sick people to name a few. Another tool to help you feel your best is a humidifier.
Every night before I go to sleep, I turn on my humidifier. With the constantly changing weather in Memphis this year, I sometimes think this practice is the only thing keeping a sinus infection at bay. On days I forget to use it, I wake up feeling meh. So what is this magic device? A humidifier is just as it sounds. It’s a device that pumps humidity (moisture) into the air. This moisture helps keep you healthier + gives you some amazing benefits.
Why do I need a humidifier?
Moisture in the air is like everything else – needed in moderation. People are most comfortable at a humidity level of 40 – 50%. That is the ideal level to reap benefits as well. The biggest benefit from my humidifier is keeping sinus infections at bay. Dry air can keep your sinuses from draining + functioning properly, leading to sickness. That’s one reason you feel so crappy after a flight – totally dry air. The moist (sorry) air lubricates your nasal passages which can also help you heal faster from things like a cold. It’s been rumored to alleviate snoring. If you’re waking up in the mornings with a growling voice or scratchy throat, a humidifier is for you!
Humidifiers are also great for your biggest organ – your skin! I’ve already given you an easy to follow skincare routine, but this is an additional hack! Dry skin is a major issue in the winter + in drier climates. Using a humidifier at night can allow you to wake up with softer, more supple skin without doing any work! The air pumping into your room will soak into your skin moisturizing it. The great thing about getting more moisture this way is that it soaks into your entire body + not just the areas you apply it like lotion. (This is not a workaround for actual moisturizing. Your face + body still need that, too – but maybe not as much). You’ll also notice your soft lips, smooth + shiny hair, and less dandruff all thanks to air moisture!
What else should I know?
You need humidity in both winter and summer. If you live in a dry climate like Arizona, you’ll want to use your humidifier year-round. If you live in the sauna that is Memphis in the spring + summer, you should also consider getting a dehumidifier. Remember, you want to keep your humidity level between 40 and 50%, so take into account what is going on outside. However, air conditioners often take the moisture out of the air. Just because it is 89% humidity outside doesn’t mean it’s as high indoors; always check. Added bonus: a stable humidity level can keep your energy bills lower since dry air can seem warmer than humid air, making your HVAC system work harder.
The biggest thing to keep in mind with a humidifier is that you have to keep it clean. You’re pumping something foreign into your air, so it needs to be as fresh as possible to ensure all the benefits above. Like anything moist (sorry), humidifiers can breed mold + bacteria. You want to use fresh, uncontaminated water, to keep impurities out of your humidifier as much as possible. Most new humidifiers come with instructions for how to clean them, but if not, find some here.
You can certainly install a whole house humidifier, but I recommend a few smaller ones – especially for those living in apartments or condos. I have one in my bedroom + another in the main living area. While I only use my small bedroom one daily, the living space one is great for days I’m feeling under the weather. Get yourself a humidifier today + start reaping the benefits!