Winter has arrived and that means more time spent indoors. Staying warm inside is wonderful, but it can also be complicated when you suffer from winter allergies and congestion. Fortunately, a home humidifier can help combat dryness in your home, easing congestion.
Causes of Winter Allergies
It’s easy to believe that allergens disappear during the winter, but unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Many sources that cause allergic reactions during warmer weather still exist during the winter, including:
- Mildew and mold: Even though the air in your home feels dry, mold and mildew from your basement or tracked in from outside can still irritate allergies and cause congestion.
- Dander: Snuggling up with your pets when it’s cold is a good way to keep warm, unless you’re allergic to their dander. Pets are inside more during the winter, which can exacerbate allergies.
- Wood: Although wood itself isn’t usually an allergen, moisture can infiltrate your home, forming mold spores, if it’s wet.
Thankfully, even if you’re suffering from winter congestion or allergies, a home humidifier can provide relief. Humidifiers put moisture back in the air, and this helps not only allergy sufferers, but also those with a winter cold or the flu. This moisture eases dryness in nasal passages, lungs and bronchial tubes.
If you suffer from dry skin and chapped lips during the winter, a humidifier can alleviate discomfort. Along with congestion, a home humidifier can also ease scratchy throats caused by allergies, a cold, or the dry winter environment.
Choosing a Humidifier
The most effective type of humidifier is a whole-house humidifier that works in conjunction with your furnace. However, smaller, portable humidifiers work well too for alleviating congestion and allergies. Portable humidifiers come in cool mist and warm mist models, but most people prefer cool mist, as there’s less risk of young children being burned by the heating element in this unit.
Breathe easier this winter with a home humidifier and experienced help from Cool Power, LLC in the Long Island area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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