During wintertime, it’s not uncommon to experience negative health effects. While children with multiple allergenic symptoms are twice as likely to develop other allergic sensitivities after being exposed to propylene glycol and glycol ethers (PGE), there are several other reasons why your family might experience sniffles and sneezes this season. Germs tend to spread more quickly, making it likely that someone you know will come down with the flu or common cold over the next few months. Anything from lack of vitamin D to dusty ducts can make you feel under the weather.
But what you might not realize is that winter’s dry air could be the culprit — and that the problem is relatively easy to fix. Even better, the solution to your physical discomfort could also translate into major monetary savings for your family.
That’s right: you might be fiscally wise to get a humidifier for your home. In terms of health benefits, a humidifier provides a simple way for you to improve indoor air quality and overall comfort. This can alleviate sinus pressure, nose bleeds, sore throats, and dry skin — all of which can be painful. In many cases, running a humidifier during the wintertime can also make it less likely for bacteria and viruses to spread. Although residential humidity levels should be kept between 30% and 55% to maintain optimum air quality, research suggests that humidity levels ranging from 40% to 60% may reduce flu risks.
It’s not just about feeling great — though that can help you save money on doctors’ visits. Annual costs associated with being overweight range from $432 and $524; even if you’re at the ideal weight for your height, you’ll probably want to save money on healthcare whenever possible. But having a home humidifier can allow you to keep costs low in other ways, too. For instance, you might save money on personal care products and medications as a result of increased comfort. You’ll also be able to better protect your floors, furniture, and other belongings that can become damaged as a result of dry air. Instead of dealing with peeling wallpaper, splintered floors, or cracked furniture, you can feel at ease knowing that a bit of extra moisture is all you’ll need to prevent repairs and replacement.
Another important way a humidifier can help you save? It actually makes your home feel warmer. Dry air feels colder than moist air does; even if you don’t adjust your thermostat, using a humidifier in conjunction with your HVAC system can make your family feel a lot more comfortable. As a result, you may be able to turn down the dial and save money on your energy costs. You’ll be able to cut down on your energy usage as well, which may be appealing for those who are attempting to live a little bit greener in the new year.
Although it might seem like an inconsequential change, most people will admit that using a humidifier makes a real difference for both their health and for their bank accounts. Whether you opt for a whole-house humidifier or get a small model for your bedroom, adding moisture into the air inside your house can be an incredibly cost-effective way to promote your personal comfort. Even more importantly, this decision will make it much easier for you to stick to your budget.
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