What happened to Fall? It was right here, and then it vanished. Many parts of the country have already experienced freezing temperatures and early snowfall, and this is just the beginning. Winter appears to be settling in for a long ride over the next several months. The early cold means more people will heat their homes longer this year, which could affect your health. What could happen, and how do you deal with it? Read on!
It’s not a secret: humidity plummets in the winter. This can have a major effect on both your body and the environment. Static electric becomes an issue in extremely dry locations. It isn’t fun to get a jolt anytime you touch something in your home, and your pets probably don’t like it, either. Not only that, static electricity can seriously harm your electronic devices. Raising the humidity of your home goes a long way to combat the annoying phenomenon of static electricity.
Low humidity also contributes to respiratory issues that often appear while you sleep. The dry air dehydrates and aggravates the delicate nasal passages, and can lead to congestion, and worse, nosebleeds. Low humidity is the number one cause of winter nosebleeds. If you’re prone to nosebleeds, it may help to add a thin coating of petroleum jelly to the insides of your nose before going to sleep. You definitely want to sleep with a humidifier, too. Having a higher humidity in your bedroom will go a long way to keep your nasal passages moisturized and lessen the irritation that leads to bleeding. The AIRCARE AURORAmini is the perfect bedside companion this winter! Your nose will thank you.
Your health can also be affected by the method you use to heat your home. There are many known side effects and risks associated with the use of wood-burning stoves for home heating, due to the chemicals released into the air. Burning wood also increases the number of fine particles in the air. Your lungs have no way to filter out these particles, so over time, they could build up and cause damage. These particles can also trigger coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks. Wood smoke stays low to the ground, lowering the air quality of your home and even your neighborhood. It’s best to limit your exposure to the smoke produced by wood-burning stoves, if at all possible.
We know the cold is likely here to stay for the next few months. You’ve got to stay warm, but heating your home sometimes comes with side effects. Make sure you’ve got a humidifier to keep you warm and comfortable this winter. Have questions about which AIRCARE humidifier is right for you? Our Customer Service Team is here to help! Give them a call at 800-547-3888. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm CST.OLDER NEWER