Humidifier Benefits You Probably Didn't Know About
You may already be familiar with the numerous health benefits of a Luma Comfort humidifier. They relieve congestion, prevent asthma attacks, and help prevent illnesses like cold and flu, but there are also several other benefits Luma humidifiers provide you probably didn't know about. For example, humidity has a big impact on your skin, furniture, and static electricity in your home. A little extra humidity can help make you look younger, it can help keep your piano in tune, and it can help protect sensitive electronics.
How Humidifiers Benefit Your Skin
Dry skin doesn't cause wrinkles. Sun damage, muscle movement, and fat depletion are the main causes, but dry air does make it look old. Environments with low humidity dry out your skin and when your skin is dry, it gets tight and the lines and wrinkles on your face become far more noticeable. Though for some people, dry skin may be a problem year round, for most people it's most prevalent in winter when low temperatures and precipitation lower humidity levels. The effects are often worsened by your home heating devices. When you turn up your furnace, you're pumping heat out into your home, which drives down your relative humidity levels. As air molecules warm up, they expand and spread moisture out over a larger area, so the dry air feels even drier. In some homes, relative humidity can drop down as low as 13 percent, making them even drier than Death Valley.
One of the benefits of a Luma Comfort humidifier is that it gives you a way to break this cycle. On their maximum settings, they're capable of raising relative humidity levels as high as 70 percent, though for most people 40-50 percent is ideal. As your skin absorbs the extra moisture it becomes suppler. Its texture improves, your complexion becomes smoother, and fine lines and wrinkles are harder to spot.
Eczema and Low Humidity
Besides wrinkles, dry skin also exacerbates other skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Eczema, sometimes referred to as dermatitis, causes skin inflammation, rashes, itching, and dry, scaly skin. Babies with eczema often have red spots appear all over their body, including their face, scalp, back, chest, arms, and legs. In children and adults, eczema is most common on the neck, wrists, ankles, elbows, and the back of the knees. Once symptoms emerge, eczema can become a vicious cycle. Itchy rashes cause people to scratch, which leads to skin damage. In response, your body releases inflammatory chemicals to repair the damage, which leads to more rashes and more itchiness.
Dry skin is one of the leading causes of eczema outbreaks, so it's not surprising that eczema symptoms tend to flare up whenever humidity levels drop. This is partially because dry skin tends to itch more and is more prone to rashes, but also because dry skin is more brittle. It cracks, flakes, and peels more easily, which reduces its effectiveness as a barrier against infection.
Besides moisturizers, the best natural remedy is a Luma Comfort humidifier, which lets you control indoor humidity levels. If you suffer from eczema, the best way to lessen or prevent your symptoms is to keep your humidity between 45-55 percent. Consider investing in a Luma Comfort HCW10B. It's equipped with a built-in hygrometer that monitors humidity levels and automatically releases more moisture whenever they get too low.
Acne and Low Humidity
One of the leading causes of acne is sebum, an oily fluid secreted by your sebaceous glands. Sebum is an essential component of healthy skin, but in high concentrations it often causes acne and skin inflammations. Whenever your skin starts drying out, your body increases sebum production in order to maintain the protective barrier over your skin and prevent infections. If too much collects around your hair follicles, it winds up nourishing acne-causing bacteria and causing outbreaks. By keeping your skin hydrated, Luma Comfort humidifiers help keeps your sebum levels under control and prevent embarrassing acne.
How Humidifiers Benefit Your Furniture
Dry air isn't just bad for your skin. It's also bad for your furniture. As the wood dries out, it shrinks, but its circumference shrinks faster than its diameter. This puts a lot of stress on the fibers until eventually they crack. The average piece of wood needs to contain about 4-14 percent moisture in order to retain its strength and prevent serious damage from occurring. The average 2100 square foot home contains approximately 635 gallons of water, and as it goes, a number of problems can occur, including:
|Warping of Wood Panels||Evaporation of Furniture Adhesives||Widening of Cabinet Joints|
|Loosening of Chair and Table Legs||Gaps Between Floorboards||Gaps in Door Frames|
Low humidity can also make your piano out of tune. As the wood dries out, it can cause the soundboard to shrink, which reduces the tension in the strings and throws off their pitch. The problem will lessen when humidity levels rise again, but the pitch won't be quite the same as it was before and you'll need a professional to get it in tune again.
If you're concerned about your wood furniture, there are a few ways to protect it.
- Lacquer your furniture. Wood protected with a lacquered seal loses moisture at a much slower rate than unlacquered wood
- Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight and at least three inches away from heating vents. Avoiding household heat sources will prevent it from drying out.
- Treat your furniture with conditioning oil. The oil will penetrate the wood and help keep it from drying out.
- Invest in a humidifier. The best way to keep your wooden furniture from becoming dehydrated is to maintain a constant, thirty-five percent relative humidity level in your home. Luma Comfort HC12W and Luma Comfort HC12B humidifiers cover the most area (650 sq. ft.), but humidifiers with a humidistat, such as the Luma Comfort HCW10B, are normally more effective because they can monitor moisture levels and adjust their output to prevent humidity from dropping too far below the recommended level. A humidistat also prevents you from over-humidifying your furniture, which can cause just as much damage and many of the same problems as letting it dry out.
How Humidifiers Prevent Static Shocks
Static electricity occurs when there is an imbalance of electrical charges on the surface of an object. Friction is the most common cause. The electrons on the surface of one object literally rub off onto the surface of another. If one of the objects has a high resistance to electrical current, then the charged electrons will remain attached to the surface until they're discharged. This can happen in one of two ways: slowly or suddenly. It all depends on the amount of electrical resistance in the air, which is directly affected by the amount of moisture in the air.
Electrical resistance is related to another phenomenon called "hydrogen bonding." When you put a lot of water molecules together, the hydrogen atoms in one molecule will affix themselves to the oxygen atom in the next molecule, creating a bridge that allows electrical charges to move freely from one object to another. When humidity is low, this bonding doesn't occur and static electrical charges start to build up very quickly until they're finally released by being brought into contact with another object. This sudden discharge is a static shock.
Static shocks are far more common in winter than summer, when humidity tends to be high. They're not only annoying, but if you own a lot of personal electronics, they're potentially destructive. Electronic devices, such as computers, are highly sensitive to electrical discharges. Taking off your shoes or using an antistatic strap will help reduce the problem, but the most effective remedy is adding moisture back into the air with a Luma Comfort humidifier. The humidity will naturally dispel any electrical charges and prevent static shocks. Again, in this instance, a Luma HCW10B may be most effective because of its ability to automatically track and adjust humidity levels. Humidity levels need to be high enough for hydrogen bonding to occur, but still low enough to prevent corrosion. About 40-50 percent humidity is ideal.
So, as you see, there are a lot of benefits of a Luma humidifier beyond comfort. It touches so many aspects of your life. It improves your appearance, protects your furniture, and prevents static shocks.