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Insights | April 17, 2024

What does a humidifier do?

What does a humidifier do?

Humidifiers work by releasing moisture into the air – creating a more comfortable space indoors. The benefits of a humidifier can sometimes be taken for granted, but when a humidifier is used correctly it can help improve and maintain our health and wellbeing.

Indoor air can become dry during especially hot or cold periods of the year – often when we’re using central heating or air conditioning. Both are well known culprits for contributing to dry air developing in the home, making it difficult to sleep, increasing chances of congestion and drying out our skin. Below we explore the benefits of using a humidifier throughout the home.

How does a humidifier work?

In simple terms, a humidifier features an automated water tank that can speed up the evaporation process by adding moisture to the air. Moisture is emitted until optimal humidity is achieved, which can help prevent skin dryness and sinus issues, as well as reduce the spread of bacteria.

Humidifiers can be used all year round in relation to the surrounding climate and our use of heating or cooling systems. Pairing humidifiers with the use of air conditioning can allow people live at a comfortable temperature, especially for those in humid climates.

What are the benefits of a humidifier?

A humidifier will add moisture to the air automatically - an intelligent system that can bring comfort and relief to your indoor space. Below, we’ll delve into air humidifier benefits for our health and air quality overall.

  • 1. Supporting sleep

    Sleep loss can unfortunately affect our physical and mental health if experienced for both long and short periods of time. Luckily, humidifiers can help to support sleep by managing air moisture while you rest. By releasing moisture into the air, this can help alleviate allergy symptoms and prevent our throat and sinuses from drying overnight.

    2. Helps with dry skin

    When air humidity is low, moisture is slowly removed from our skin – resulting in dryness. Dry skin can develop as cracked lips, flaky skin or limp hair – and generally causes discomfort. By regulating air temperature through an air conditioner, this can sometimes also trigger dry skin symptoms. Through the combined use of an air humidifier, the dryness can be avoided.

    3. Relieves signs of congestion

    Dry air can irritate the lining of our nose, causing symptoms of nasal congestion. Whereas cleaner air with added moisture can improve congestion by easing build up in our sinuses. Research shows that New Zealanders spend almost 70% of their day indoors 2 – proving the importance of maintain cleaner air in the home.

How often should you use a humidifier?

It’s valuable to understand the benefits of a humidifier, but the correct application and usage of a humidifier will provide optimal results overall.

Typical usage periods are 12 hours per day3, usually coinciding with the hottest or coldest parts of the day, when air may be at its driest. However, the length and frequency of humidifier use can change depending on the climate, your use of air conditioning and the size of the space being humidified. It’s also important to consider where you will place the machine, if the room is too small with a large humidifier – moisture may end up building in the air and creating dust mites if not monitored.

How to clean a humidifier?

Now that we’ve answered “what does a humidifier do” we can appreciate the importance of keeping a purifier humidifier clean. The water vapour that is released into the air needs to be clean, to increase moisture levels and prevent the spread of bacteria and airborne pollutants.

Manually cleaning your machine will also stop bacteria and mould growing on the machine itself. For air humidifiers that require manual cleaning, it’s recommended to turn off the machine and clean once a week with a soft bristle brush. 

Dyson humidifier purifiers feature a Deep clean cycle that effectively cleans all parts of the machine that encounter water. In-built intelligence can notify the user when cleaning is needed and help guide them through the machines Deep clean cycle. Each are also engineered to HEPA H13 standards, greatly inhibiting any captured irritants from leaving the machine.

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