During the winter months, the air in North Texas gets exceedingly dry. Parents with little children should consider investing in a humidifier. Humidifiers are a great investment and will help your child breathe easier. Humidifiers work by adding moisture back into the air. Because bacteria and viruses flourish in dry air, adding moisture to the air can help keep your child healthy throughout the cold weather months. Using purified water ensures that clean moisture keeps the air in your nursery comfortable for your child, which can otherwise be unpleasant for young children.
When you are thinking about purchasing a humidifier, there are a few things you should pay attention to. We have broken down a few categories to consider when finding the perfect humidifier for your needs.
First things first, a humidifier with an easy-to-fill reservoir is key. You will be refilling your humidifier quite often, depending on how often and how long you run it. Filling up your reservoir with clean, purified water ensures that there is no buildup or any chance for impurities to enter the air. A larger hole in the reservoir allows you to pour purified water into the container easier. Some humidifiers have a removable reservoir, while others will force you to bring the whole humidifier whenever you need to fill it up.
Because humidifiers add particles to the air, it is important that they are kept clean. Not every part of a humidifier comes into contact with water, but those parts that do should be cleaned so that bacteria does not find a home. Some humidifiers have removable parts that can be cleaned. Some humidifiers have parts that are even dishwasher safe, making cleaning a breeze.
As a measure to keep bacteria and other nasty elements out of the air, humidifiers often employ some kind of filtration system. Some humidifiers have removable filters that will have to be replaced. While this might seem like an added expense, removable filters allow you to breathe easy (no pun intended) knowing that nothing malicious is growing in the humidifier. Most filters work for around 1 to 3 months before they need to be replaced.
You should also consider a humidifier’s fan and evaporation mechanism. Some people prefer humidifiers that run quietly, but it is impossible to find a humidifier that works through evaporation. Quiet humidifiers work by using ultrasonic sound to disperse moisture; however, evaporation is a much better way to get moisture into the air due to the fact that most ultrasonic humidifiers cause a fine white dust to appear on surfaces in the room. This caused by minerals found in water.
Whatever humidifier you pick, your child will benefit from the increased moisture in the air this winter season. If you don’t have a humidifier yet, pick one up this holiday season and enjoy the benefits of added humidity.