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Is a Humidifier Good for Your Health?

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  • Relative humidity is the measurement of water vapor suspended in the air compared to how much is needed to saturate the air; in warmer temperatures greater amounts of vapor are present than when the air is cold
  • The desirable level of indoor relative humidity is between 40 percent and 60 percent, as lower levels trigger dry skin, dry eyes and cracked membranes, and higher levels provide a favorable growing environment for mold and mites
  • A hygrometer allows you to measure relative humidity in your home and maintain a healthy balance and desirable levels with either a humidifier or dehumidifier
  • It is critical to keep your humidifier clean following manufacturers’ instructions as dirty reservoirs and water are breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, which then enter the air and increase your risk for illness

By Dr. Mercola

Humidity is the amount of water droplets suspended in the air and is an important variable for your health. It is generally recommended to keep your relative indoor humidity between 40 percent and 60 percent. Relative humidity describes how much water vapor is in the air, compared to how much there potentially could be. When the temperature of the air is warmer, greater amounts of water vapor may be present than when the air is cold.

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