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Everyone knows that many people get sick during the winter, but did you know that a humidifier can help prevent illness or alleviate symptoms? Whether your home is drafty or your HVAC system doesn’t heat your house properly, the cold air that results is often dry. This dryness increases the likelihood of winter-related illnesses. Here are five ways a humidifier improves your health and comfort during the winter.

1. Better Sleep

Adding moisture to the air in your home makes it easier to sleep because it prevents your sinus passages from becoming dry. As a result, you snore less and breathe easier.

2. Minimized Exposure to Airborne Viruses

Higher humidity levels prevent certain airborne viruses from thriving. Germs can circulate as easily as they can in dry air. As a result, your risk of catching a virus someone else in your home has is reduced. If you do catch a cold, a humidifier can help to make you more comfortable while you get over it.

3. Fewer Allergy Symptoms

Since higher levels of humidity in your home’s air alleviate dryness in your nasal passages and throat, you should experience fewer allergy symptoms. Coughing and sneezing due to your allergies are reduced, and your sinuses remain clearer, minimizing sinus pressure and the headaches that often result.

4. Improved Comfort

Since moist air feels warmer than dry air, installing a whole-house humidifier in your home enhances the comfort you feel during the winter. You won’t feel the need to crank up your heat as frequently as you would with dry air either, reducing your winter heating bills.

5. Less Static Electricity

Have you ever noticed an increase in the static electricity in your home during the winter? Dry air has that effect. Turn on your humidifier and avoid those tiny shocks completely.

Installing a humidifier in your home is one of the best gifts you can give yourself this winter. Doing so can make your home more comfortable to live in while also helping you to stay healthy.

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