Why You Need a Humidifier this Fall & Winter

Luma Comfort HCW10B Warm/Cool Mist HumidifierThings are finally starting to cool down around here, and we couldn’t be more excited.  As much as I love beach weather, I’m a bigger fan of fall.  The only thing I’m not excited about is cold and flu symptoms.  It also doesn’t help that drier autumn air can cause nosebleeds, irritate skin/eyes and exacerbate asthma and allergies.

Although we’ve always thought that cold temperatures are the cause of the sniffles, it may actually be extremely low humidity levels that are the hallmarks of winter.  A recent study conducted by Oregon State University compared death rates attributed to influenza to absolute humidity levels around the country.  The study found a trend: humidity levels dropped significantly before a flu outbreak.  Transmission and survival rates would then increase, and influenza-related mortality rates would follow.  Results of the study have ultimately prompted medical professionals to start paying more attention to humidity levels during flu season.

That’s why it’s even more important than ever to keep humidity levels in check during fall and winter.  For years, professional medical associations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association have recommend the use of humidifiers to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.  But armed with this new information, it looks as though humidifiers may also help prevent illness altogether.

When shopping for a humidifier, you’ll find that there are 2 types out there: warm and cool mist.  Our customers often ask us which type they should choose, and the answer isn’t simple, as it really depends on several factors.  Do you have young children around?  Are you looking for immediate cold/flu relief?  Are you concerned with energy usage?  These are all factors that can influence your purchasing decision.  Think about these things before shopping for a humidifier:

  • As a general rule, if you’re using the humidifier in a nursery or around young children, we’d always recommend a cool mist humidifier.  The hot water and steam from a warm mist unit can be potentially dangerous if a child gets too close.
  • If you’re looking for more cold/flu relief, we tend to prefer warm mist models.  These models have a heating element that boils the water and lets out distilled steam.  We find that warm mist is easier to breathe in very cool weather, and some units have a small compartment for steaming medications, if that’s something you’d like to do.
  • If you’re concerned with energy-efficiency, a cool mist unit is the way to go.  Since this type of humidifier doesn’t have a heating element, it uses much less energy.  Also, many cool mist humidifiers utilize ultrasonic technology, which is proven to be significantly more energy efficient – sometimes by up to 90%!

If you’re still undecided on whether you’ll need a cool or warm mist unit, we’ve made it easy for you.  Our new Luma Comfort HCW10B humidifier actually produces both cool and warm mist, so you get to choose which type of mist you want without having to buy 2 different humidifiers.  Also, this humidifier produces warm mist at a lower temperature than other models on the market, offering you the benefits of a warm mist model but with less risk of burning.  You’ll still need to supervise children if you decide to use it on the warm mist setting, but rest assured that it won’t cause burns or injury if curious little hands decide to touch the mist as it’s coming out of the machine.

The Luma Comfort HCW10 cool/warm mist humidifier retails for $99.99 and is available now through our authorized dealers.

New Luma Comfort Humidifiers Available Now!

The summer heat hasn’t quite left us Southern California residents just yet, but our customers are letting us know that things are cooling down in other parts of the country.

As the seasons change, many of us will be turning on our heating systems to stay warm.  Although a warm home is a cozy one, warm air also usually equates to dry air.  The combination of indoor heating and cold winter air make for a dry environment that literally saps moisture from everything in sight.

In fact, the National Institutes of Health recommends using a humidifier to help relieve congestion from the common cold, flu and sinus infections.  Humidifiers can also alleviate dry eyes, eczema, itchy skin, dry nasal passages, cracked lips and nosebleeds due to dry air, allergies or asthma.  That’s why we’re excited to coincide the launch of our 2 new humidifiers – the HC12W and the HCW10B – with the start of cold and flu season.

Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier

Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier

The Luma Comfort HC12W cool mist humidifier combines the proven energy savings of ultrasonic technology with stunning good looks.  Inspired by the shape of a floral vase, the HC12W not only keeps you comfortable, but it also looks good doing it.

We love how this beautifully designed humidifier blends in seamlessly with our room’s décor and lasts up to 45 hours per single tank fill.  The Luma Comfort HC12W also covers 650 square feet and features 8 adjustable mist settings with cheerful musical alerts.

Luma Comfort HCW10B Humidifier

Luma Comfort HCW10B Humidifier

For those that prefer a warm mist unit, the Luma Comfort HCW10B is for you.  This versatile humidifier actually works as both a warm mist and cool mist in one.  The HCW10B also has a built-in hygrometer for custom humidity control and lasts up to 40 hours per tank fill.

Great for medium to large size living areas, this humidifier easily covers up to 538 square feet.  To help prevent white dust and mineral buildup, water passes through a demineralization cartridge, which really helps make maintenance easy.

The Luma Comfort HC12W retails for $129.99 while the HCW10B retails for $99.99.  Both units are available through our authorized dealers, so hurry and pick yours up for the fall and winter seasons!

5 Ways to Combat Fall Allergies

Autumn Fall LeavesFall is officially here, and we can’t wait to enjoy some respite from the crazy heat! But while we’re excited about the prospect of breaking out our sweaters and pea coats, many experts are predicting that this year’s unusually hot summer will actually cause allergens such as ragweed to pop up earlier than usual, leading to an early influx of sneezing and sniffling. So if you live in an area with a high pollen count or are just susceptible to allergens, have no fear. We’ve got some tips to help you get through this upcoming fall season in comfort.

Stay away from known allergens.
Sounds simple, right? Although this seems obvious, many people tend to reach for the Claritin before addressing the main cause of their symptoms. Doctors all agree that the first step in surviving allergies is to avoid the main source of irritants.

If you have pets, keep them out of your bedroom and recirculate the air in your living areas by running your AC. Don’t forget to check daily pollen counts and plan your day accordingly. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re allergic to, consult your doctor for a skin-prick test. From there you can determine what’s safe and what you’ll have to avoid.

Allergy-proof your bed.
Since we can spend up to a 1/3 of our day in bed, it makes sense to keep this area allergen-free. Allergists routinely recommend patients invest in allergy-proof bedding, which includes mattress, pillow and duvet covers. Don’t forget to also wash your bed linens on a weekly basis.

Avoid allergy-worsening foods.
Did you know that some people with ragweed allergies also react negatively to certain vegetables and fruits such as bananas, zucchini and melons?  Eating these can cause itching and tingling of the lips and throat.  We recommend avoiding these if you’ve got a chronic case of the sniffles during the fall and winter.

Use a humidifier.
Humidity levels are typically higher in the summer and decrease in the cooler months. Low humidity can cause dry skin, nasal irritation and itchy eyes – all symptoms associated with allergies. Increased humidity can ease breathing in infants, children and adults, particularly when used during a respiratory infection or allergy flare-up.  This is where a humidifier comes in.

There are 2 main types of humidifiers available: cool mist and warm mist. Cool mist humidifiers are energy-efficient and extremely safe to use around children. Warm mist humidifiers have a heating element and can bring significant relief if you’re suffering from a cold or flu. Regardless of which type you choose, always remember to keep your humidifier clean, as dirty reservoirs and filters are a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to stay comfortable this fall and winter season, as well as information on our new products set to launch this month!