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What Type of Humidifier is Best for a Cough?

What Type of Humidifier is Best for a Cough?

As temperatures dip in the late fall and winter weather takes center stage, you may experience congestion, a sore throat, or a dry, itchy cough that just won’t quit. These are all common symptoms that accompany cold, windy temperatures. 

How Does a Humidifier Help with a Cough?

The moisture content of the air that surrounds you has a significant impact on your overall health and comfortability. Too much moisture (think: tropical vacation) and you feel supremely warm, sluggish, and maybe even dizzy. Too little moisture (think: a cold, windy day) and your skin is dry, your lips crack, you get a stuffy nose, and you cough up a storm. 

Cold, dry air accelerates transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which is a fancy word for the body’s process of releasing water into the atmosphere through the epidermal layer of skin. Cold air also deprives the nose and throat of crucial moisture, which often leads to congestion, a dry throat, or a cough. 

A humidifier increases the relative humidity (RH) of a particular space by releasing moisture into the air. This increase in moisture helps to lubricate the nose and throat relieving dryness, reducing inflammation, and improving your breathing. 

What Type of Humidifier is Best for a Cough?

You may be wondering: how do you choose the best humidifier for your chronic cough? 

There are a few features you should examine before making your final humidifier purchase. To treat your dry, sore throat or cough, you want to choose a device with sufficient square footage output, ample run time, and essential oil compatibility.  

Output

The first step when choosing the best type of humidifier for your irritating cough is to determine in which room you will place your humidifier. It is best to set your humidifier in a room that is most occupied; this tends to be the bedroom since we spend between 7-9 hours sleeping in this room each night. 

Depending on the square footage of your bedroom, you need a humidifier with a comparable output. For example, if you have a 400 square foot bedroom, you need a humidifier with at least a 400 square foot output to sufficiently raise humidity levels in your space. Information about device output can be found in the product description either online or on the humidifier box.  

Run Time

Run time is another important feature to consider when choosing the best humidifier for your dry throat or cough. There are two factors that will help you to determine the optimal run time for your humidifier selection: how long you sleep per night on average and how frequently you are willing to fill your device water tank. 

Most humidifier devices will run from 12 hours to 24 hours, which will ensure elevated humidity levels throughout the night. If you plan to run your humidifier throughout the day, you will need a device that can run for at least 24 hours.

If your to-do list is far too long, and you prefer a humidifier that requires infrequent refills, you may want to choose a device with a larger water tank. Our Canopy humidifiers have a 2.5-liter tank for up to 36 hours of hydrated bliss, which means you spend less time refilling your humidifier and more time chipping away at that task list. 

Aromatherapy

If you suffer from a dry or sore throat accompanied by a relentless cough, you want to choose a humidifier that is compatible with essential oils. Adding oils like camphor, eucalyptus, or lavender to your humidifier can provide additional therapeutic value. 

It is important to note that not all humidifiers are compatible with essential oils. Make sure to check your device manual or choose a device with explicit oil compatibility before adding essential oils to your water tank. 

Canopy humidifiers have a built in aroma diffusion feature that uses the simple and clean process of evaporation to infuse your hydrated air with aromas. 

Additional Health Benefits

Incorporating a humidifier into your bevy of home wellness tools will not only help with a dry, sore throat during the chilly winter months; humidifiers benefits are quite numerous. 

Some of the key benefits of regular humidifier use include: help with allergies, improved sleep, reduced cold and flu symptoms (stopping some viruses dead in their tracks), and re-hydrating dry, flaky skin. 

Allergies

More than 50 million people suffer from allergies year around making it a very common ailment in the United States. If you are one of these 50 million people, you are in luck! 

Humidifiers can help to combat allergies and alleviate allergy symptoms including: sore throat, severe congestion, inflammation, sinus pain, and watery eyes. To learn more about how a humidifier helps with allergies, you can read our blog What Does A Humidifier Do For Allergies?

Sleep

A good night’s sleep can be fleeting when you have a stuffy or runny nose, congestion, dry eyes, or a sore throat. The right humidifier can ensure a restful night of shut-eye by eliminating these symptoms. 

When choosing the best humidifier for a peaceful sleep, you want to look for devices that have sufficient square footage output to reach every corner of your bedroom and a run time of at least 7-10 hours. 

Cold & Flu

A recent study conducted by the Yale University research team found that low levels of humidity affected immune response in three ways: 

  1. Low humidity prevented cilia (fine, hair-like structures in the nasal passage) from removing virus and mucus properly.
  2. Low humidity prevented airway cells from efficiently repairing the damage caused from viruses in the lungs.
  3. Low humidity impacted the body’s immune response by failing to “warn” healthy neighboring cells of a viral threat. 

When humidity levels fall below the optimal range of 40-60%, cold and flu viruses thrive. Adding a humidifier to your home, especially in commonly occupied rooms, can raise humidity levels and improve your body’s immune response to the common cold or more serious viruses. 

Dry Skin

Xerosis, as we commonly refer to as “dry skin” is uncomfortable and irritating to say the least. Xerosis is commonly triggered by cold or dry weather, harsh skincare ingredients, hot water from your shower or bath, central heating, or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. 

Humidifiers work wonders on dry skin. The moisture emitted from your humidifier elevates relative humidity, which reduces TEWL and increases skin hydration.

Humidifier vs. Air Purifier

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Humidifiers. Air purifiers. Vaporizers. Oh, my!

On the quest to improve your health and the well-being of your family and loved ones, you inevitably run into an abundance of product recommendations. At a certain point, the benefits and functions of humidifiers, air purifiers, vaporizers, diffusers, and other home health improvement technologies start to blur. 

Do these devices do the same thing? Which one do I need? Or, which one(s) do I need? Can I get a miracle device that does everything? Help!

You got it. In this blog, we will analyze humidifiers vs. air purifiers. We will discuss what each device actually does, the similarities between these devices, the key differences, and the resulting health benefits.

What is a Humidifier?

Humidifiers use ultrasonic, evaporative, or steam-based technology to release water vapor into the air increasing moisture levels or “humidity.” 

An ultrasonic humidifier releases a cool mist into the air by vibrating a metal diaphragm at sonic speed. This vibration creates water droplets, which are blown out into the room with an internal device fan. 

Evaporative humidifiers draw air from the room into the device and fan that air through a moistened wick. The air released back into the room contains water droplets, which increase the relative humidity of the room. 

The last type of humidifier is a steam-based humidifier. The steam-based humidifier releases a warm mist created by boiling water into a fine vapor, which is then fanned into the room. This type of humidifier can slightly elevate room temperatures and is often used during the colder months. 

Home humidity levels should range from 40% to 60% to stay comfy cozy. Stable humidity levels in your home, office (or any personal space, really) can create a myriad of health benefits for you and your family. 

Pro tip: you can purchase a hygrometer for $10.99 on Amazon to read the current humidity levels in your home. You may be incredibly surprised at the low humidity read, particularly if you regularly run your AC or heater. 

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What is an Air Purifier?

An air purifier is a device used to remove or “inactivate” pollutants from the air including allergens, mold, germs, pet dander, pollen, odors, and improve overall air quality. 

This device works by sucking in air from the surrounding room and passing it through a filter, which traps pollutants and releases clean air back into the room. HEPA filters are the most common filtration technology used in air purifiers while new technologies like the PECO ionizing filtration technology have recently entered the market. 

The Similarities & Differences

An air purifier vs. a humidifier serve two distinct purposes: the air purifier filters allergens and irritating particles from the air while a humidifier increases moisture levels to mitigate the effects of dry air. In fact, many people use both an air purifier and a humidifier in their home to achieve the benefits of clean, hydrated air. 

The similarities between these two devices are scarce and exist only in their health benefits, which are listed below. Both devices can improve allergies and allergy symptoms, reduce the frequency of asthma or respiratory attacks, and both devices are safe to use with babies

The Health Benefits

Air purifiers and humidifiers can improve your overall health by reducing allergens in the air and improving the common symptoms associated with asthma and other respiratory conditions. Humidifiers and air purifiers are safe to use with children, though the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends against the use of a steam-based humidifier in your home with small children. 

Allergens

If you suffer from moderate to severe allergies, you may experience sneezing, a runny nose, watering eyes (or dry eyes for that matter), cough, hives, or a laundry list of other symptoms. While you may suffer allergy symptoms more prominently during allergy season, there are many allergens in your home that may trigger symptoms year around. 

An air purifier helps to reduce allergens by filtering harmful particles from the air, producing fresh, clean air for improved breathing. A humidifier, on the other hand, releases moisture into the air without a regular filtration system. Our Canopy humidifier was developed with allergy sufferers in mind; our paper filters prevent common contaminants from entering the air while UV technology kills 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses that can enter the water tank. 

Allergens

Asthma and Respiratory Conditions

Asthmatics and individuals who suffer from various respiratory conditions often experience a worsening of their symptoms when exposed to common allergens. The filtration system on an air purifier helps to reduce the levels of allergens in the air, which reduces the frequency of allergen-triggered asthma and respiratory symptoms. 

Humidifiers elevate the moisture levels of your home, which can help to clear the throat and nasal airways. Since individuals with asthma suffer from excess respiratory mucus, the elevated humidity can help to improve breathing and congestion.

For Baby

Air purifiers and humidifiers are great tools to keep handy for your little bundle of joy, though they both serve different purposes in a nursery setting. 

A baby’s respiratory system is very sensitive to environmental factors in the first months of life. Placing an air purifier in your child’s nursery can reduce dust, allergens and potentially harmful air particles that can irritate a sensitive or underdeveloped respiratory tract. 

Babies also tend to be quite smelly, particularly when it comes to the ever increasing volume of discarded diapers. Diaper Genie or not, you may be left with quite an odor that seems to follow you through the house. An air purifier can help to reduce diaper odors, which is a big perk. 

A humidifier is another tool to keep in your parenting toolbox. Our blog What Does a Humidifier Do for Babies? elaborates on the many benefits of using a humidifier for your bean; in brief, a humidifier can ease congestion in a dry environment, improve dry skin associated with common baby skin conditions, and relieve cold symptoms should your little one get sick.

Air Purifier Particles

What Does A Humidifier Do For Allergies?

Humidifier for Allergies

Did you know that more than 50 million people in the United States experience various types of allergies each year? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA),  allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.

Allergies occur when one’s immune system reacts to a foreign substance. These substances are known as allergens. Allergies can stem from:

  • a specific food
  • through inhalation 
  • an injection
  • by touch 

The most common from the list above occurs through indoor and outdoor inhalation of allergy triggers such as trees, grass and weed pollen, mold, dust, and animal dander. 

Allergy symptoms can range vastly from a scratchy throat, itchy eyes and sinus swelling to hives, asthma attacks, and low blood pressure depending on the case. Many people with allergies often have more than just one type. Even though there are many known causes for allergies, medical professionals have no cure. However, allergies can be managed with the right treatment and preventative measures.

Prevention of allergies depends on the type of allergy you have. For those with indoor and outdoor allergies, you should aim to stay inside with the windows closed. However, indoor air can be dry,  causing your nasal passages to dry up, which is why many recommend the regular use of a humidifier to avoid triggering an allergic reaction, sinus infections, colds, and even the flu. 

Allergy Medicine

How Does a Humidifier Help With Allergies?

A humidifier increases relative humidity levels in the home. Humidifiers are recommended by medical professionals to relieve common allergy symptoms.

A humidifier is a great preventative measure for allergies and can aid in relieving congestion, sore throats, watery eyes, sinus pain, and inflammation. 

It is always recommended to speak with your doctor before using a humidifier to reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms, especially if you suffer from asthma.

Alleviate Dry Sinus Symptoms

The ideal home humidity level for people with allergies is between 40% and 50%.  Maintaining an optimal indoor humidity ensures that the moisture you receive from your humidifier can soothe dry sinus passages that allergy sufferers often fall victim to.  It is important to make sure that you purchase a humidifier that provides clean, filtered moisture and also mitigates dust and mold.

Which Type of Humidifier Is Best for Allergies

If you experience seasonal allergies, it is important to choose a high-quality humidifier that will allow you to prevent reactions and live comfortably in your space.

When it comes to choosing the best humidifier for allergies, here are three features you should be looking for:

  • Effective and Disposable Filters
  • No-Mist Technology
  • Anti-Mold Technology

Effective and Disposable Filters

The most common allergy triggers are pollen, mold, dust and other airborne allergens such as animal dander. If not regularly maintained, most humidifiers will produce mold, bacteria and other irritants that are then emitted into your air through a mist.

When on the hunt for a humidifier, it is best to purchase one that has a replaceable filter and allows for easy maintenance. Regularly changing your filter allows you to steer clear of making your symptoms worse as the fliter will catch bacteria and metals that may be in your water before they are evaporated into your air.

Humidifier Filter

No-Mist Technology

Just as having a disposable filter is important so is making sure your humidifier doesn’t produce mist. Visible mist from traditional humidifiers is messy and it’s also unhealthy due to particles and bacteria being carried out of the water and into the air. You should look for a humidifier that produces not only clean, but invisible moisture. It has been shown to be the best for your skin and health.

Anti-Mold Technology

Mold is the number one indoor allergen and is also the number one complaint from humidifier owners 

Traditional humidifiers allow standing water to sit inside, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. Without regular up-keep, your humidifier will grow mold which can spew into the air around you, aggravating allergy symptoms. A humidifier with anti-mold technology is best if you suffer from allergies.

Canopy Humidifier Parts

Additional Health Benefits

Regular use of a humidifier allows for multiple benefits that will make it a non-negotiable for your home and health.

Besides alleviating season allergy symptoms, a high-quality humidifier can work to improve your skin, sleep, and day-to-day activities.

Having clean, filtered moisture can also help to:

  • Relieve symptoms of asthma 
  • Rehydrate dry patches on the skin and body
  • Improve symptoms of Psoriasis and Eczema
  • Reduce congestion
  • Rehydrate your hair and lips

Having a humidifier in your home is a great way to treat and prevent seasonal allergies and other common health conditions.

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