Use of Humidifiers
With all of these cold temperatures, many homes are using heat around the clock. This can leave your house and your bodies very dried out! The best way to fight that dry air and reduce your chances of a respiratory infection is to use a humidifier. For years, medical associations such as the American Association of Dermatology, the American Medical Association and the American Association of Pediatrics have recommended the use of humidifiers.
How does a humidifier help you stay healthy?
Keeping your lungs and the insides of your nose moist and lubricated aids them in properly blocking dust and bacteria (therefore reducing your susceptibility to sickness). The moist air will also soothe dry skin.
How do I clean a humidifier?
Humidifiers and vaporizers can become contaminated with bacteria and mold if not cleaned properly on a regular basis. Make sure to change the water daily and clean your humidifier according to the manufacturer’s directions at least every three days; change filters regularly, so that your family doesn’t end up breathing dirty air from a contaminated humidifier. Vinegar or bleach can be used for most humidifiers to clean and sanitize them.