Most people do not realise that in our colder months, the air in our homes can become very dry.
While dry air might not sound like a particularly threatening prospect, there are actually a host of potential health and wellbeing implications that accompany it. Both yourself and your naturally more vulnerable baby may suffer sleepless nights, skin irritation and other physical ailments all as a result of dry air.
The good news is that humidifiers present an affordable solution to this problem. Simply put, humidifiers work by generating minuscule water particles that are diffused around the area that the humidifier is situated. The result is that the air then becomes properly regulated and moist enough to combat any of the negative effects that come from living in an environment with dry air.
The main health benefits gained from stabilising the humidity levels in your home is that you can drastically improve cold symptoms and reduce congestion for little ones and can also temper mild skin conditions like eczema or dry, itchy skin, which are extremely common as a result of baby’s exceptionally sensitive skin. That said, there are plenty of other reasons to consider introducing a humidifier to your home:
Clean, sterile air for the whole family
If recent times have taught us anything, it’s the importance of living in a safe and sanitised environment. Therefore, it’s crucial that the humidifier you purchase is one that promotes exactly this. Look for humidifiers that offer a range of air cleaning features. For instance, an ultraviolet lamp ensures that the humidified air is clean via sterilisation.
In addition, consider a humidifier with a HEPA filter. They are designed to capture 97.3% of pollen, dirt, dust, bacteria and virus particles 0.3 micrometres in diameter from the air.
Humidifiers with charcoal filters help by removing lingering odours. And choosing a model with an aromatic diffuser allows you to infuse your favourite scents and essences into the air around you.
A better night’s sleep all round
Fun fact: Mariah Carey once claimed to sleep with 20 humidifiers around her bed to help her achieve her goal of sleeping for 15 hours a day.
While her dedication to the cause is admirable, you really only need one.
Sleep is precious for everybody but, for those with restless children and/or partners, it’s like gold dust. If the air you’re breathing when you sleep is dry, your airways are far less likely to be sufficiently lubricated which may result in uncomfortable breathing patterns. Which for children can mean a broken nights sleep for both them and their parents! For adults it can mean the unwelcome sound of snoring. Running a humidifier at night can alleviate these symptoms, resulting in smoother breathing and less snoring.
More good news is that some models come equipped with a special quiet Night Mode to help you succeed in the quest for that elusive peaceful sleep for all the family.
Albeit something of a hidden perk when using a humidifier in your home, these nifty devices can indeed be used to complement a healthy skin regime. Particularly prevalent amongst those with sensitive skin, dry air causes dry skin which can, in turn, result in irritation and blemishes.
Properly regulating the level of moisture in the air around you will curb these beauty burdens and promote an overall healthier complexion.
Manage allergies and respiratory problems
We all know that cold weather presents a host of niggling interruptions to our lives at home, however, one lesser-known problem is that, in the colder months, the air in our homes can become particularly dry which may implicate those with allergies and respiratory conditions.
Itchy eyes, dry coughs, sore throats and cracked lips are all signs that dry air in your house could be impacting your health. Unfortunately, babies are naturally more vulnerable and, therefore, more susceptible to these ailments.
Simply running a humidifier in your home will help you fend off these unwanted detriments to you, and your children’s wellbeing throughout cold periods and beyond.
The Meaco Deluxe 202 Humidifier and Air Purifier presents a solution to providing your home with healthy humid air. The water inside the unit that provides moisture is cleaned by an ultraviolet lamp prior to humidification. Moreover, a combined HEPA and charcoal filter ensures that the air is completely sanitised before you breathe it in.
With a device like this, you can rest easy knowing that your family will be benefiting for all the reasons mentioned in this article – not just in the winter months, but all year round.