As bad as outdoor allergies are, the worst is when they follow you indoors and your own house is the source of all the sneezing, itching, and congestion. This means there’s nowhere for you to go to escape it. You try to look for a solution as you go through boxes of tissues and stacks of allergy medication and ask yourself: “Can humidifiers help to treat allergies?” Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes. Getting a humidifier can do wonders for relieving your symptoms and finally allowing you to breathe easy inside your home.
Dry air is the cause for many allergy symptoms. The reason it’s so detrimental is because it irritates your nasal passages and hinders them from properly filtering out foreign particles that may be giving you a bad reaction. It increases your body’s production of mucus, which causes you to have a runny nose. It can also cause breathing difficulties, which can be especially bad if you suffer from asthma. By getting rid of the dry air, humidifiers eliminate these issues, in addition to helping other symptoms.
A humidifier normally works by evaporating water that you place in its container. After plugging it in, the humidifier heats the water and turns it into steam. This increases the overall moisture levels in the air, which has been proven to ease allergy symptoms. Breathing the humidified air relieves your nasal passages and clears them of mucus. Without mucus, your body has an easier time expelling allergens since they are no longer getting trapped inside. This helps with runny noses, coughing, sneezing, and can even reduce pain in your throat, since the mucus is no longer getting stuck there. In addition to all that, humidifiers can be good for your skin. The added moisture in the air soothes any redness, inflammation, or itchiness that you may have been feeling.
There is one thing you need to be aware of when using a humidifier. As good as the added humidity may feel, you shouldn’t turn it up too much. Dust mites and mold thrive in higher humidity levels, and that can cause a whole new set of problems. Dust mites produce enzymes that can cause your allergies to be aggravated and may actually negate the effects of the humidifier. The trick is to find the right balance. While you want the humidity to be high enough to soothe your allergy symptoms, you want it to be low enough so that dust mites and mold are held at bay. Dust mites tend to thrive at humidity levels of 70 to 80 percent, but can’t flourish when the humidity percentage is below 50. Because of this, keeping your humidifier between 40 and 48 percent will give you the best of both worlds.
Humidifiers help to treat allergies and can be real lifesavers for some. They can finally let you be indoors without having to reach for the tissues every few minutes and enjoy the comfort of your home without the runny nose. However, depending on the type and quality of the humidifier, buying one can sometimes end up costing more than some might expect. There are many types of humidifiers on the market. Some are stand-alone units, while others are whole-home humidifiers that are built into your central heating and cooling system. If your whole-home humidifier breaks, you may be forced to make a tough choice: either spend the money to buy a new one or risk allowing your allergy symptoms to return. Luckily, there’s a way you may be able to forgo that decision altogether when you have our home warranty plan that covers whole-home humidifiers. Our home warranty offers you up to $500 per year for covered repairs and you’ll know that even if your humidifier were to break, your allergies won’t have the chance to return!