cold symptoms air humidifierA humidifier can be an amazing tool, especially when the air dries out during heating season in your house, or when your young child is sick and needs the extra moisture to help them heal. However, if you have been running your humidifier nightly and begin to notice what seem to be chronic cold symptoms, you may have run into a common problem. Both cool air and hot air humidifiers can cause such symptoms and make you sick, instead of well. The trick is in how you care for it.

How Do Humidifiers Work?

There are actually several kinds of humidifiers; cold air, hot air, evaporator, and even vaporizers. In general, though, they all serve the purpose of keeping the air in a room moisturized when the air is typically dry. This is important, particularly in winter when we are running the heating system a lot. The heat can dry out your home and cause problems such as drying of mucus membranes as well as drying of wood in the house, causing cracks and creeks. Humidifiers are meant to spread moisture through the air.

How To Care For A Humidifier

Since humidifiers involve water, mold usually goes hand in hand with these helpful machines. It is important to perform proper maintenance, especially when using a humidifier regularly, in order to maintain the health of your household.

Change the water in the tank daily to avoid mold and mildew
Clean and sanitize the water tank every four days to get rid of bacteria growth
Distilled water should be issued when possible to avoid dust formation in the tank, often common with hard water and tap water
Air out the house once a week if constantly using humidifiers. The buildup of too much moisture in the air can cause illness.

If you are suffering from allergies or respiratory illness due to frequent colds or mold exposure, contact Emergis ER & Urgent Care.