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What is a humidifier and what can you use it for?

A humidifier helps you achieve the ideal humidity at home. That way, all your furniture will stay in good condition and you won't get health issues caused by overly dry air in your home. In this article, we'll explain how a humidifier works and how it benefits you.

What is a humidifier?

Dry skin, eyes, and lips

A humidifier is a device that increases the humidity in a room. In an ideal situation, the humidity is between 40 to 60 percent. If the humidity drops below 40 percent, you will get dry eyes or dry skin, for example. The humidity drops if you turn the central heating on, for example. A humidifier in your home ensures that the air absorbs moisture so that the humidity at the right level.

How does a humidifier work?

Coughing and sneezing

There are 4 kinds of humidifiers. Each of them works in a different way:* An ultrasonic humidifier creates vibrations under water, which brings about a visible mist. The mist is absorbed by the air. * Cool mist humidifiers use water filters to humidify the air. They do this by sucking the air along these water filters. * Steam humidifiers heat the water, so the water vapor will be absorbed by the air.* Air humidifiers with cleaning function humidify the air by passing it over the water tank with rotating discs.

What do you use a humidifier for?

Humidifiers and wooden furniture

Wooden furniture

If you have wooden furniture, flooring, or musical instruments at home, it’s important that the humidity remains stable. Low humidity will cause the wood to dry out and eventually shrink and tear. It's best to avoid this. A humidifier prevents your wooden furniture from drying out, so you can enjoy your furniture for longer.

Humidifier for dry eyes and skin

Dry eyes and skin

Low humidity levels lead to a host of problems. You can get dry eyes and dry skin, for example. It's also possible that your airways become irritated due to the dry air. By increasing the humidity, you make these effects less severe or even prevent them.

Humidifier for plants and animals

Plants and animals

Plants and animals also benefit from a humidifier. Plants dry out if the humidity is too low. As a result, the leaves will start to hang and turn brown along the edges. In addition, pets can get respiratory issues in the same way humans are. A humidifier will help you maintain an optimal climate for your plants and animals

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