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Do Humidifiers Help or Hurt Asthma Sufferers?

Posted on: May 30, 2017

For those living with asthma, the ideal humidity level is a delicate balance. As a resident of Ventura County, San Fernando Valley, or Santa Clarita Valley, you know that our air’s humidity changes by the day. Air that is too humid OR too dry can trigger a variety of uncomfortable or even dangerous symptoms. It is important to find your individual preference and maintain that level of humidity as consistently as possible to minimize flare-ups.

The exact benefits and uses for humidifiers as they pertain to asthma can be confusing, because few experts recommend their use definitively. For example, the Asthma Society of Canada does not recommend humidifiers for the “treatment of asthma,” but they do acknowledge that humidity levels are important and suggest using humidifiers to offset the effects of a particularly dry home environment. This means that humidifiers should simply be used as-needed; they are not necessary but can be helpful if your home is too dry for your personal needs.

Read on to learn about the different styles of home humidification and how to determine which format is right for you in your Los Angeles home. If you would like to set up a consultation with Aladdin AC to discuss the humidity in your home, contact us today to get started! 

Indications That Your Home Is Too Dry

The Mayo Clinic suggests the ideal humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. This can be achieved by a variety of means that we will outline later on. But how do you know that your humidity level is right for you? If you suffer from asthma and are experiencing any of the symptoms below on a regular basis, you may need to increase your humidity levels:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort or difficulty breathing
  • Dry nose, throat, or mouth

Systems of Humidification

You have a variety of options for boosting your home’s humidity. They range from portable and inexpensive to permanent and pricier. What you choose depends on how severe the problem is, what degree of maintenance you’re willing to uphold, and what your budget is.

  • Steam humidifier: These are the most widely used standalone humidifiers. These machines boil water and release the steam produced through vents. This style works well for those who prefer a warmer humidity. Because of the heated tank, this model requires the most monitoring and maintenance.
  • Warm mist humidifier: Warm mist humidifiers emit the steam from boiling water to humidify a room. The steam is cooled as it’s released, so that the output is slightly heavier and not as hot. These machines are well-suited to those who require an exact temperature setting for aid in their asthma regulation.
  • Cool mist humidifier: Cool mist humidifiers function in a number of ways: evaporative, impeller, and ultrasonic. The evaporative style uses a fan and wick system, impellers use a rotating disc, and ultrasonics use frequencies to vibrate the water. The ultrasonic system is the most energy-efficient and the most expensive of the standalone options.
  • Central humidifier: The lowest maintenance option is installing a humidification system within your home alongside your heating and cooling systems in the ducts. This is the most precise way to control temperature and humidity. The initial installation is more expensive than the other options, but can save you time, money, and energy in the long run. The Aladdin professionals will happily walk you through the installation process and show you how to optimize the humidity in your home.

How to Choose a Humidification System

How do you know which method of humidification is right for you and your home? If it’s strictly a question of budget, you’ll want to start with an individual machine. If you’ve already tried a machine and haven’t felt relief from your asthma systems, it may be time to explore a central humidifier. The system is an easy installation that is sure to improve your home’s air quality and your personal comfort.

The standalone machines also require consistent maintenance. You should use distilled or demineralized water to minimize dust, and should clean the machine every three days. The water must be changed frequently and the tank should be cleaned every time you change the water. If you don’t want to deal with the upkeep of the machines, a central system is a much more convenient, lower-maintenance option.

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Think a central humidifier might be the right pick for your home and your asthma? Contact the professionals at Aladdin Air Conditioning and Heating to schedule your consultation online! Our team of experts will get you squared away, healthy and comfortable in your SoCal home.