Asthma is one of the most common diseases in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, eight percent of American adults (18.7 million) suffer from asthma, as do 9.3 percent of American children. Every year, asthma attacks send 1.8 million people to the emergency room and are responsible for over 3600 deaths.
Diagnosis and medication are part of the solution. Your environment is another. Breathing in dry air can irritate your throat, inflame your lungs, and cause your airway to constrict. Luma Comfort humidifiers counteract this threat and help prevent asthma attacks by keeping the air moist.
Where to Place Your Humidifier
Humidifiers should always be placed in rooms that are naturally dry, or where you have a hard time breathing. They’re especially important in bedrooms, to prevent coughing or shortness of breath from interrupting your sleep cycle. They’re also extremely useful in living rooms and other common areas.
Always place your humidor on a flat, level surface to prevent leaking and keep it away from drapes and other furniture. The moisture can dampen them and turn them into breeding grounds for mold. If you’re using a warm mist humidifier, make sure to place it out of the reach of children to prevent accidental burns.
Maintaining the Right Humidity Level
In order to be effective at stopping asthma, the humidity in your home has to be balanced just right, between 30 and 50 percent. Anything over that may encourage the growth of mold, mildew, and dust mites – all of which can worsen asthma symptoms. Use a hygrometer to track moisture levels in your home, so you know when to switch your humidifier on and when to let it rest, and always turn your humidifier off if you see condensation or visible moisture around it.
Cleaning Your Humidifier
In order for your humidifier to be effective at preventing asthma, it has to be kept clean or it could become infested with bacteria and mold. Clean it every three days. Unplug the humidifier, empty the tank, and wipe it down with a mixture of water and lemon juice. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar also work, but can cause unpleasant odors when you switch it on again.
Make sure to change the water in your humidifier every day to keep it from developing mold or mineral deposits. Drain the tank and then dry it by wiping it down with a paper towel.
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