A humidifier is an important part of most HVAC systems, especially during the winter when air is naturally drier. This attachment adds moisture to the air making the indoor environment more comfortable. More humidity relieves dry skin and eyes and reduces static build up that gives you those little shocks when you touch tings. But did you know that another way humidifiers make your home more comfortable is by reducing allergy symptoms?
Moisture Relieves Irritation and Pain of Allergic Rhinitis
Think about the symptoms you get from the most common allergies, like hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. There are itchy dry eyes, nasal congestion, a scratchy throat, and inflammation and irritation throughout the airways.
All of these symptoms can be partially relieved simply by having more moisture in the air. Dry air exacerbates the swelling, dryness and scratchiness that you feel during an allergic reaction. Moisture won’t eliminate your symptoms, but it will lessen their severity.
Humidity Helps You Expel Allergens
Adequate moisture in the air helps to relieve allergy symptoms by reducing irritation and inflammation in the sinuses, nasal passages, and throat. With soothed airways, your body can do a better job of keeping allergens out. Healthy airways work to expel allergens, particles like dust and pollen, through sneezing and coughing. When your airways are inflamed and irritated, they can’t do this job and your allergic reactions get worse.
Strike a Humidity Balance
More humidity isn’t always better. Too much moisture in the air provides an environment in which certain allergens, like mold and dust mites, thrive. To find maximum relief and comfort, you need to find the right humidity level. When you look for a humidifier to add to your HVAC system find one with a hygrometer. This is a device that measures the indoor air humidity so you can adjust it as needed. A good balance for indoor humidity is between 40 and 48 percent. This will give you relief from symptoms, while also minimizing the growth of mold and dust mites.
Dry air has a lot of negative consequences, but causing extra allergy irritation is one you may not have previously considered. Think about adding a humidifier to your HVAC to find relieve and let the experts here at Advent Air help you find the right model for your home.