When you know how to use a humidifier correctly, you can safely keep the air in your home hydrated so you’ll feel better both day and night. If you’re not sure you’re using your humidifier correctly or only using it at night, read on.
My Vicks Warm Mist humidifier was an investment in improving my health and the comfort of my home, but there are a few things to keep in mind — especially if you have pets. The first is to put it on a table where it can’t be knocked over and where your pets can’t get to it. And remember not to get too close to it yourself. The steam from a humidifier can burn your skin and the inside of your nose.
Second, get a humidistat or similar device to measure the humidity in your home. That warm mist feels so great on your skin and when you breath it in that you’ll be tempted to run your humidifier all the time. But having too much humidity in your home can lead to mold and airborne allergens as well as eventual structural damage to the building.
And here’s something else to keep in mind: If it’s dry in your home and you’re there all day, don’t wait until night to use the humidifier. Many people sleep with a humidifier on to keep from waking up with a dry, scratchy throat, but you can lay the foundation for a good night by running your humidifier in the daytime.
While I don’t like to buy and keep a lot of unnecessary single purpose machines, my humidifier has been a valuable addition to my home, especially in the winter. It’s easy to let the air in your home get so dry that it’s unsafe and uncomfortable, but you can make it more humid with a humidifier.
And a home with the right amount of moisture in the air is a comfortable place to live day and night.