Good respiratory health depends on many factors: from environmental surroundings to lifestyle choices like diet and exercise—and, sometimes, on the medications we choose.  One important factor that sometimes goes unnoticed is the level of humidity within the home. Too much or too little humidity for extended periods of time can cause a variety of respiratory problems that will only subside with the regulation of humidity levels. The optimal level of humidity for the human respiratory system is between 30 and 50 percent humidity. If the conditions in your home regularly fall above or below these margins, you may want to consider buying a humidifier or dehumidifier, in order to better regulate the conditions of your home environment. Below is everything you need to know about humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and how they work.

Humidifier

Humidifiers, as the name implies, are designed to humidify the surrounding atmosphere by adding moisture to the air. They can do this in a number of different ways, but the process typically involves spraying a thin mist into the air. This mist can be either warm or cool. Warm mist humidifiers are a bit costlier to operate as they require heating energy, and are more difficult to clean. Cold mist humidifiers on the other hand, can be noisy and chilly.

Humidifiers are typically used in the winter or in particularly dry environments. Their moisturizing properties can help alleviate dry skin and dry nasal passages that occur as the result of an overly dry atmosphere.

Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture content of the air. The methods of dehumidification are more diverse than those of humidification, including mechanical dehumidifiers, electronic ones, and air conditioners that release condensed water outside of the home, having collected it. All of these methods have benefits and drawbacks, but most are relatively cheap and generally effective.

Dehumidifiers are used in overly moist, often warm environments. They help stem the growth of bacteria and fungi that can occur in overly moisture-saturated spaces.  This can help reduce allergies and other similar respiratory problems that tend to occur in warm, humid indoor spaces.

Why is humidity level important?

Keeping the humidity in your home at the perfect level is important for a wide range of reasons. To begin with, a lack of humidity can cause dryness throughout the skin and respiratory system, which, in turn, can cause discomfort and general bad health. On the other hand, excessive humidity is conducive to the growth of mold, which also can have serious health effects. What’s more, an excess or lack of humidity can be conducive to the growth of numerous harmful microbes including the flu.

Promoting Good Health Year Round

Controlling humidity levels and mold, pollen, and other allergies within the home is an important part of keeping your respiratory system healthy. Equally important is having a cold, flu and allergy medication brand that can fight even the toughest symptoms to keep your functioning at 100% day in and day out—without unnecessary and potentially harmful additives. To learn more about such medications, visit DayClear® online today! 

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