Humidifiers can often relieve asthma symptoms. It also relieves dry skin, eases your breathing, and improves your sleep quality. Furthermore, MIKO’s MYST also comes with an essential oil diffuser and a built-in meditation guide, which helps you make the most of your device.
However, people often ask us about when to turn on the humidifier in their house. Is it a seasonal thing, according to your allergies? Or should you keep it on year-around?
In this article, we’re going to break down on why and if you should turn on your humidifier in spring, summer, fall, or winter.
When Should I Turn on the Humidifier in My House
The best time to turn on your humidifier depends on your geographical location and current home humidity level. For example, you live in a state with dry winters, that’s when you should turrn your humidifier on. But if your winter tends to be filled with rain, of course, raising your house humidity level should be your last concern.
Generally, you should keep your indoor humidity level between 30-50%. Therefore, if your reading drops below 30%, that’s a tell tale sign to switch on your humidifier. If you don’t have any ways to get a humidity reading, don’t worry. Pay attention to your skin, nasal passages, and throat. If your house is too dry, your body will be the first know.
Should I Use a Humidifier in the Summer or Winter
If you live in states like Arizona where a dryness and high temperature describe your typical summer, you should turn on your humidifier during summer time, or at least keep one running at night to avoid dehydration during sleep.
Another reason to use a humidifier during summer time is your air conditioning system. If your AC is set to a low temperature, it can dry out the air and cause discomfort. Having a humidifier will largely cancel out those side effects.
When to Turn on Your Humidifier in the Winter
Unless you’re using a steam radiator. Otherwise, you should turn on your humidifier in the winter the moment you begin to run heating regularly throughout the day. Central heating systems and space heaters can quickly dry the air out even if you live somewhere that tends to have a wetter winter.
Meanwhile, if you live in a dry winter climate, turn your humidifier on the moment you begin to feel your skin drying up from the cold!
Spring Humidifier Settings
Since spring tends to be the most moist season of the year, you may not need to use a humidifier at all. But just in case, here is how you should adjust your humidifier settings for spring:
- Reduce the output level.
- If your humidifier has a timed operation function, set shorter operation times with longer intervals.
- If your humidifier has both cool and hot mist options, switch to cool.
- Move your humidifier a bit further away from your bed, if you are running one in the bedroom.
Can Humidifiers Make You Sick?
A dirty humidifier will make you sick because of the mold and bacteria building up in the water tank and blown out into the air. Therefore, make sure you stay on top of cleaning your humidifiers following the manufacturer’s manual and make sure to allow the water tank to fully dry before refililng and putting it back.
Additionally, you may also get sick if your home humidity level is too high. Thankfully, our MYST comes with a smart humidity control system. All you need to do is set your desired humidity level and it will operate on its own no matter what season it is.
Air Purifier, Humidifier, or Both?
Your allergies are kicking in, and your indoor air quality is… questionable, to say the least. You start wondering which one you really need: an air purifier or a humidifier?
If your budget allows, we recommend you invest in both. However, if you mainly suffer from itchy throat, dryness, and coughing, prioritizing on purchasing a humidifier with essential oil to alleviate these symptoms first.