7 Reasons Every Home Needs a Humidifier

It's winter, so get ready for several months of that hot, dry air that your HVAC system pumps out. Even worse, while the heat is on your house will be buttoned up, which leads to poor air quality that makes your house a breeding ground for bacteria and causes other ailments. Fortunately, you can combat the sickness and discomfort with a humidifier, an essential tool that not only improves air quality, but can also provide other benefits throughout your home. Check out these 7 reasons why it's a good idea to run a humidifier this winter.

  1. Reduce Airborne Illnesses

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    Humidifier Good For Flu

    Germs don't fare well in moist air, so using a humidifier can reduce the risk of spreading viruses like the flu, which thrive in dry winter air. It's important to take every precaution against spreading this dangerous illness, especially if you have young children or an elderly person living in your home.

    Related: 11 Ways to Flu-Proof Your Home

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  2. Save Money on Heat

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    Humidifier Adds Warmth

    When your humidifier adds moisture back into the air, it actually makes your house feel warmer. This means you can turn the thermostat down a few notches and save some cash on your utility bills.

    Related: 10 Things to Buy if You're Always Cold

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  3. Soothe Dry Skin

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    Humidifier For Dry Skin

    Dry, cracked hands and lips are a common problem in the winter. A humidifier can help to alleviate these conditions and soften skin, so those mittens can slide on without chafing.

    Related: 8 Quick Tips for Solving Winter Woes

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  4. Protect Wood Floors and Furniture

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    Wood Shrinkage Prevention

    Dry air can make wood furniture split and crack, or cause gaps in hardwood floors. Using an automatic humidifier to maintain a stable level of moisture in the air can protect your floors from damage and keep wood furniture looking its best

    Related: 7 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Wood Floors

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  5. No More Static Shock

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    Humidifier Static Electricity

    Walking around the house in cozy socks is a winter tradition—but nobody likes the static shock this creates! Bumping up the humidity level can reduce the charge that causes these shocks and makes your hair stand on end.

    Related: 11 Mistakes Homeowners Make Every Winter

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  6. Reduce Allergy and Sinus Problems

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    Humidifier Helps With Allergies

    Among the many health benefits of a humidifier, increased moisture in the air can soothe sinus tissue, alleviate allergy symptoms, and reduce the risk of asthma attacks. But check your machine's settings to make sure you aren't overdoing it—too much humidity can promote the growth of mold, which can actually make these conditions worse.

    Related: Allergy-Proof Your Home in 7 Steps

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  7. Happy Houseplants

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    Humidifier For Plants

    It may be cold outside, but keeping a few hardy houseplants can make it feel like spring all year round. While the ideal conditions for each will vary, most indoor plants thrive in moist conditions that a humidifier can create during those difficult winter months.

    Related: 9 Bright and Colorful Houseplants You Can't Kill

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  8. Winter Survival

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    Winter Survival

    In addition to a humidifier, there are a few other items to gather for your house to help make it through the winter. From the bitter cold to the nasty flu, find out what you need to survive the season.

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