Humidifiers provide a healthy indoor climate
Especially during the cold season, the effects of dry indoor air are felt particularly strongly. Although heaters provide pleasant warmth, they also cause mucous membranes in the nose and throat to dry out.
This makes it easier for pathogens to enter the body. A slight scratchy throat or a cold then quickly turns into a real cold.
Prevention can be achieved, for example, with frequent airing or regular outdoor exercise. But who wants to discuss open windows and cold in the office??
Motivation to go for a walk after a long day at work is also often limited. After all, it is nicest at home.
And fortunately there are also one or the other aids to increase the air humidity indoors.
Humidifiers, for example, are especially popular during the winter months. They improve the indoor climate and help prevent certain diseases.
In the following article, you will therefore learn how these devices can have a positive effect not only on the indoor climate, but also on our health.
Humidifiers reduce the risk of infections
For a long time it was not clear why the frequency of illnesses such as colds or the flu increases in autumn and winter.
The reason was neither a higher number of pathogens in the air, nor the cold temperatures from which you were not sufficiently protected.
Instead, dry air is responsible for the increased risk of falling ill. Unlike humans, influenza or rhinoviruses, for example, which are mainly responsible for the common cold, feel most comfortable at humidity levels below 40%.
Optimal air humidity strengthens the body’s defenses
At a room temperature of 20 – 23°C, the optimum humidity for humans is between 40 to 60%.
If we are exposed to lower humidity indoors or on public transport, the body finds it difficult to keep the mucous membranes in contact with the air moist.
Normally, these serve, among other things, the defense against diseases or the removal of dust. On the walls of the respiratory organs there are small hairs that remove foreign substances enclosed in mucus.
If mucous membranes dry out at low humidity, then this transport does not function sufficiently anymore. Mucus stagnates and sticks together with germs and pathogens.
Dry nasal mucous membranes not only feel unpleasant, they also provide the ideal environment for bacteria and viruses to develop.
The active increase of air humidity by humidifiers helps our body to defend itself against pathogens.
The skin functions best with sufficient air humidity
Not only the mucous membranes in our body can function best with sufficient air humidity. Our largest organ, the skin, is also positively influenced.
Supple, intact skin protects us just as effectively from pathogens. If temperatures and air humidity drop, the skin also reacts with dryness.
Slight wrinkles and scaly, rough patches of skin form. Without careful maintenance and sufficient moisture, cracks develop – the ideal entry point for viruses or bacteria to enter our bodies.
Cold and dry heating air intensify the symptoms of neurodermatitis
Although it is not clear which factors trigger atopic dermatitis, those affected suffer more severely, especially in winter.
Sensitive skin is particularly susceptible to irritation in low humidity conditions. This increases itching and redness and, to make matters worse, makes it more difficult for the skin to defend itself against germs.
The symptoms can be prevented by regularly applying cream to the skin, wearing comfortable cotton clothing and showering at a pleasant temperature. Humidity should also be kept in check at all times.
Special humidifiers with purification function also filter foreign particles from the air.
Humidifiers can prevent dry and irritated eyes
Our eyes are also affected by heated air. When working in air-conditioned rooms, the increased evaporation causes dry, irritated eyes.
Concentrated activity at the computer screen reduces the unconscious frequency of eyelid blinking, which should actually distribute a tear film.
Among other things, this is responsible for supplying the cornea with nutrients and contains germicidal substances. Like mucous membranes, dry eyes increase the risk of infections.
This can be prevented by sufficient fluid intake, regular ventilation or active moisture enrichment of the air with the help of a humidifier.
Sufficient air humidity prevents the accumulation of dust in living spaces
Dust is not only an annoying inhabitant of the house, which prefers to collect in corners and under furniture. Our health, especially that of (dust mite) allergy sufferers, is noticeably affected by increased dust levels.
The fine particles, but also various microorganisms spread best in dry air.
Against the excessive accumulation and buzzing around of dust helps the energy-saving shock ventilation or even the use of a humidifier, which is equipped with a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter).
Higher humidity acts like an adhesive. Like after a thunderstorm, the dust particles are bound in the water droplets of the air.
The perfect room climate can enable restful sleep
We not only spend a lot of time at work, but also a significant part of our lives sleeping. The indoor climate is of great importance for restful sleep.
At a room temperature between 16 to 18°C and a humidity of 40 – 60% the sleep quality is highest.
Due to sweating and breathing air, the humidity increases automatically over night. This can be compensated for by opening the window in the morning.
Since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, it is worthwhile to pay particular attention to the ideal room temperature and adequate humidity in the bedroom.
Which humidifier is the right one for me??
Anyone who now wants to actively do something for their health and ensure an optimal indoor climate at home or in the office will soon be surprised by the great variety. It’s easy to lose track of humidifiers, evaporators, nebulizers or aroma diffusers.
On www.diffuser.Here you will find an overview of the features and characteristics of different models.
Based on the size of the room, the desired humidification performance and other specifications such as the volume, an automatic shut-off or an aroma box, the right device can be found for every need.
Together with sufficient fluid intake, skin care and a healthy lifestyle, the flu season and the rest of the year can be survived actively and without illness.