November 1, 2016
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Do I really need a humidifier in the UAE?

Have you ever experienced an irritating feeling in your nose while breathing after being inside an airconditioned room for so long? If yes, then this might be because the air is dry. In this case, then consider getting yourself a humidifier.

Let’s face it: it is necessary to live in an airconditioned house here in the UAE especially during the summer months when temperatures can go as high as 45 degrees Celsius. It’s a relief; it can definitely help you sleep better at night. However, nasal congestion and irritation of the mucus lining could be the result of prolonged exposure to airconditioning.

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Is there a way around this? Fortunately there is. Get a humidifier, STAT.

What is a humidifier?

A humidifier is an appliance that monitors the humidity levels of an enclosed space. Then, this adds moisture into that space every time the monitored humidity levels go beyond the settings by releasing water vapors. Some of the top brands include Air-O-Swiss AOS U700 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic for bigger spaces and Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier (HCM-350) for smaller spaces.

What can we get from a humidifier?

Apart from avoiding the irritation when breathing, having a humidifier could also lead to these benefits:

  • improved skin condition – With a humidifier, you could avoid having dry skin. Just sleep overnight with a humidifier on. The next day, your skin will feel supple, and your hands and lips will not feel dehydrated.

  • relief from sinusitis – When the air is too dry which is almost always the situation when you’re inside an airconditioned space, your sinuses will also dry up, become irritated, and will make you vulnerable to colds and flu. With a humidifier, the air will retain the perfect amount of moisture which is good for your already compromised sinuses.

  • alleviate nose bleeds – Apart from helping the sinuses to function well, humidifiers also keep your nasal passages moist and lubricated, and these are essential to prevent nosebleeds.

  • lessen snoring – Do you snore? Or do you know someone who does? Then consider suggesting using a humidifier. The water vapor released into the air keeps the throat from drying out relieving the intensity of the snoring.

What Are The Types of Humidifiers?

Humidifiers come in many types, and these are some of them:

  • Central humidifiers – These are built into the home heating and air conditioning systems, which are designed to humidify the entire house.

  • Impeller humidifiers – These produce a cool vapor using a rotating disk.

  • Ultrasonic humidifiers – These produce a cool vapor with ultrasonic vibration.

  • Evaporators – These use a fan in blowing the air through a wet wick, filter, or belt.

  • Steam vaporizers – These use electricity in creating vapor that cools before leaving the machine.

Humidifiers are overall good especially if you keep them clean. Not doing so results to a dirty humidifier that could promote bacteria and mold growth. Here are the basic steps to follow when cleaning your humidifier:

  • Make sure to unplug the humidifier.

  • Remove the water reservoir.

  • Prepare a water solution with a tablespoon of chlorine bleach.

  • Place the water solution to the water reservoir, and let this sit for 20 minutes. Try to move the water solution around to clean the corners.

  • Empty and rinse several times to remove all chlorine from the water reservoir.

  • Remove the filter or wick. If this is washable, immerse using cool water.

  • Remove water residue from the base of the humidifier. After this, add vinegar, and let it stand for 20 minutes before draining. If the filter or wick is not washable, the simply replace this.

  • Add a bit of water to rinse, drain, and then wipe clean.

  • Finally, wipe the outside of your humidifier with a warm water/vinegar cloth.

Given these insights, are you now ready to get your (or convince someone to get their) humidifier?