The humidifier is a simple device that consists of a container of water, it evaporates and becomes part of the air in the room where the humidifier is. With it, the humidity of the room will be improved and the air that is breathed can be favored in a significant way, avoiding a large number of diseases that affect the respiratory tract.

Its use is frequently recommended in children when the pediatrician notices some symptoms related to respiratory diseases, it is also advisable to first determine the humidity in the environment, for this there are devices that measure humidity in the home called (hygrometers) with them the values ​​are determined of the environment, it should be noted that the optimal level of a person is between (40 and 60)% it is also essential to know the function of the place, the climate and seasonality.

What is a humidifier for?

It is used most of all in the houses when there are small children, so it is very important to maintain an adequate atmosphere for their growth, this implies having normal humidity and temperature and thus avoiding respiratory diseases.

When there is winter, the use of heating increases and decreases the ambient temperatures, added to the fact that the air in the house is not usually fresh and less renewed, it is a perfect situation to attract diseases, that is why it is necessary to have the hand this device as it helps to regulate and improve that environment by increasing humidity and thus avoiding the least possible risk of maintaining and accumulating microorganisms that cause respiratory infections that abound in our homes.

In addition, an air that is not so dry can be created, which prevents the air from causing irritation to the skin and throat.

Benefits of a Humidifier

  • If the air in the house is clean, this will avoid discomforts such as headaches, coughs, dry skin, itchy eyes, sneezing, respiratory problems and chapped lips, among others, so humidifiers improve air quality, makes it purer and thus healthier to breathe.
  • During winter it is important to have a humidifier, so heating dries the air and leaves a healthy environment out of control.
  • This device eliminates germs in the air, prevents respiratory diseases, flu and colds.
  • It is recommended that the humidity of the air is between more than 30% and less than 50% to keep it hydrated.
  • It releases hot or cold air, so you can control the temperature a little according to the needs of the little one.
  • It comes in various sizes, the ultrasonic ones are the smallest, while if it is for the whole house, a larger one is needed.
  • It is necessary to change the filter once a month, empty the tank and clean it.
  • It is necessary to change the water in the humidifier every day, especially if it is portable and thus eliminates microorganisms.
  • Children should be kept away because it can be dangerous and they could get burned.
  • Do not overdo it by placing the appliance throughout the house, it can create mold and bacteria in the air.
  • If it is kept in good condition, guaranteeing an optimal humidity environment will be very beneficial for health.

Types of humidifiers

  • Cold steam humidifier: it works by means of ultrasound that evaporates the water in the container very efficiently and has its advantages that it avoids danger by not having hot water and can be used in summer since it does not increase the room temperature and the water vapor it produces it is thinner and easier to vacuum. In some models it is recommended to use distilled water since the equipment does not boil it, this could cause infectious microorganisms in the environment.
  • Hot steam humidifier: they use heat distillation as a method, so you can use tap water, they are cheaper than ultrasonic ones, but it is more careful because it works with hot water and raises the room temperature.
  • Ultrasonic humidifier: it uses high-frequency vibrations and incorporates an ionization system that expels negative ions through its output to create a greater sense of cleanliness in the environment and attack the polluting substances from the outside, this device is considered very efficient for what it achieves better vaporization in the air.
  • Ozonizing humidifier: it is a system to fight against fungi, bacteria and bad odors in the room, some humidifiers may include it.

Humidifiers can have their pros and cons, so its use is recommended to stabilize the humidity of the environment and thus avoid respiratory infections.

How to use a humidifier

The use of these appliances is very simple, the main thing is that it works with electricity and great care must be taken with what they use hot water so they can put the smallest of the house at risk, whenever they are used they must be alert.

It is advisable to carry out and frequently check its parts and uses:

  • Cleaning: you must have a good cleaning to avoid a source of non-beneficial microorganisms, so you should not use detergent or dilute it well with water that is very clear since the remains can be integrated into the environment when it is used again the equipment, the water should be changed daily.
  • Use it when it is convenient: when the child has respiratory problems, in winter due to the dryness of the air or when the temperature-humidity is not correct.
  • Be careful where we put it: that it is not within the reach of children since it is quite a delicate piece of equipment.

General characteristics of a humidifier

  • It often has a capacity in the water tank of 5 liters depending on the model of the equipment.
  • It lasts 6 hours in constant operation.
  • Its consumption can be very variable, but the normal is 35w.
  • They are small devices, their approximate measurements are 40x40cm.
  • They are easy to locate so you can make a space in the room since it takes up little space.

How to make a homemade humidifier?

There is no doubt that nothing better than leaving our health in the hands of experts and professionals, however, if it is about economy or you are traveling and you do not have your domestic appliance at hand, here we will tell you how to reproduce the effects of a humidifier home with which you will get along very well since its process is quite practical.

To create a homemade humidifier you do not need many materials, so next I will tell you how to improvise a homemade one in an emergency.

  • Ceramic container to hang on heating radiators: these containers are very practical they are made of clay, a porous material and can be decorated in a thousand ways to make it a bit decorative, they are very economical so it contributes to raising the level of humidity in the environment.
  • Putting the wet or damp clothesline inside a room: if you don’t have anything else, a good option is to leave damp or wet clothes inside the house or room during the afternoon and night, that contributes to add humidity in the environments that are dry.
  • Leaving the tap open with hot water to create steam: letting hot water come out when opening the tap so steam comes out, it is a good option since it increases humidity, obviously the expense of water, gas or electricity must be considered, You can also take advantage of the baby’s bathroom or that of another family member by leaving the bathroom door open and letting the steam escape so that it is distributed to other parts.
  • There is another option that can be more effective than the previous ones, and that can be used to make a homemade humidifier is to heat water in a container and place it on an essence burner, provided with a space to place a candle, while keeping the candle turned on underneath the hot water evaporates and thus adds moisture, however, you can use 100% pure oil in the water, lavender, mint, eucalyptus and achieve a pleasant and harmonious environment.

Humidifier combats air conditioning dryness

The unions of these two teams make a perfect combination for the summer because together they air the environment of any space, and there are many benefits that are obtained with their uses. There is no doubt that air conditioning tends to dry out the environment and in itself, if the area where we live is dry, the environment can be unbearable and harmful to health, so with a humidifier it is possible to level the humidity of the environment avoiding the side effects of an air conditioner.

Contraindications to humidifiers

There are not many contraindications as long as it is used correctly and at the right time, if so, it does not represent any negative effect, since there is no determined potential risk.

On the contrary, if it is used at a time when it should not be used, respiratory problems can be suffered due to the excessive humidity in the environment, if we do not clean it frequently the equipment can contract a very serious infection due to the microorganisms and bacteria that are developed on the device.

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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