Humidifiers make your house well…..humid. If you have problems with dry skin, chapped lips or irritated sinus passages from dry indoor air during the winter months, a humidifier may alleviate some of those problems.
Here is where as an allergy sufferer you may encounter a conundrum, the dust and mold created by a humidifier can actually worsen allergy symptoms.
The number one indoor allergen is the dust mite. Dust mites grow best where there is moisture. Moisturizing the air with a humidifier creates the perfect home for dust mites to live and prosper. Keep the humidity level in your house between 30-45%. You can monitor the levels with a hygrometer.
Mold spores can also be an issue for people with mold allergies. It is important to clean and change the filter in the humidifier on a regular basis so mold does not grow in the unit and blow into the home. Read the manufacturer instructions for tips on cleaning your humidifier.
If possible, use distilled or demineralized water in your humidifier. The higher level of minerals in tap water can increase bacteria growth, resulting in a white dust and additional irritation to your sinuses.
If you have indoor allergies, check with your doctor to see if using a humidifier can help you and your sinuses survive winter.
Of course removing more allergens from your environment with VentMask air filters will do wonders to reduce allergies during the winter months. But if you're going to buy a humidifier, I suggest a fun one like this penguin or elephant. If you are not into the cutesy kind theres many other sizes and ahapes to choose from. I suggest you do a little internet shopping to find the right one for your home.
Wishing you the best health & IAQ(IndoorAirQuality)..…TheVentMaskTeam.