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Can Humidifiers Help with Allergies?

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Keep Humidity Up This Winter One of the many reasons that people switch to a ductless air conditioner over a traditional central air conditioner is because getting rid of ducts can significantly reduce allergens in the home. However, at AC World we’ve seen clients do many other things to reduce allergens in their homes – including using humidifiers.

Why exactly would a humidifier help with allergies?

At its most basic level, humidity is how much water vapor is in the air at any given moment. Humidity levels can have a significantly impact on allergies and keeping humidity balanced can even reduce dust mites.

Dry air is especially bad for your allergies because it can cause your nasal passages to be enflamed. This can eventually lead to a sinus infection. It’s also true that the drier the air is, the more your body is likely encouraging mucus to grow, which can be dangerous for people who not only have allergies but asthma as well.

Most people can benefit from a humidifier

While those with allergies may be especially interested in a humidifier, most anyone will appreciate that a humidifier can prevent dry skin and eczema. Just remember that as you shop for the right humidifier, you don’t want to go too far the other way and over-humidify your home. You’re looking to strike a good balance.

When you do have balanced levels of humidity, you can count on your nasal passages being more likely to be clear of mucus, which helps your body better get rid of allergens you come in contact with on a given day. Those who have sinusitis can also see it improved by using a humidifier because the irritants in the dry air aren’t as potent if there’s more moisture.

Cold and flu season is a great time to get a humidifier

Anyone can likely benefit from a humidifier during cold and flu season, but especially those with young children or allergies. Instead of stocking up on over the counter medicine that only treats the symptoms of colds and flus, you can prevent them from happening. In fact, a humidifier can also help relieve runny noses, coughing, and sore throats.

At AC-World we always recommend a ductless air conditioning system to anyone who has allergies. Doing away with duct work can mean a significant decrease in dust mites and other allergens in your home. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about your options.