Fight the Winter dryness with a handy humidifier

A humidifier is one of the most useful pieces of tech that we can use in Winter. They’re used to add moisture to the dry air and some can even add a fragrant scent to the room. Now that we are in the absolute thick of Winter, we may be using heaters or we may find ourselves sitting by the fireplace, which could also dry out the air ( not to mention our hair, and our skin).

Humidifiers are ultra-effective for treating the dryness of your skin, nose, throat, and lips. Additionally, humidifiers have been known to help ease some of the symptoms caused by the flu or the common cold. The type of humidifiers that you can choose from may depend on your budget, preferences, and the size of the area you want to add moisture to.

What type of humidifiers do you get?

Steam vaporisers: These units heat water and then cool it before expelling it into the air. These are the most inexpensive portable humidifiers.

Ultrasonic humidifiers: These humidifiers produce a cool mist, while adding moisture to the air.

Central humidifiers: These humidifiers are built into your home’s air conditioning unit. These are the most expensive types of humidifiers and they’re the best choice if you want to add humidity throughout your entire home.

Evaporators: Evaporators blow moisture through a moistened filter and expel the humidity into the air from a single unit system. These home humidifiers are more affordable, but they only work in one room at a time.

Possible risks of humidifiers:

Burns are the most common causes of injury. However, if a humidifier allows too much moisture into the air, this can create condensation on the walls which can result in mould. We do not have time for that. Unclean humidifiers can cause bacterial growth which could promote coughs and colds (the opposite of what we want to use them for). It is therefore important to clean your unit regularly to prevent bacterial growth. Simply wash the bucket and filter system every 2-3 days.

Why we enjoy using humidifiers:

  • Fresh air: Diffusers freshen up the air, without adding harsh and harmful chemicals to the air. The cleaner air also helps you breath easier.
  • Fragrance: If you use a humidifier that can accommodate essential oils, depending on the oil you use, your home could smell clean and fresh (citrus), energetic and invigorating (spearmint), or it could help you have a deep and peaceful sleep at night (lavender).
  • Mood elevating: Fresh air and a great scent are known to elevate your mood. Keeping you at your creative peak.

Some of our favourite humidifiers are:

The Solenco Stylies Alaze: This is an evaporative humidifier that comes with a hygrostat which will allow you to set the desired humidity level and will therefore not over humidify. https://www.solencosa.co.za/

Vicks personal humidifier: This is an ultrasonic cool-mist humidifier www.dischem.co.za

USB Humidifier: There’s a wide range of mini, USB humidifiers on offer, all of which offer different properties from www.takealot.com

Tamryn Sher
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