How an Air Vaporizer Can Help Your Home

Winter can leave your home feeling cold and dry. The effects cold air and forced heat have on your skin and body can take months to repair, from cracked hands to bleeding noses and inflamed sinuses. There’s a constant need to slosh on lip balm and thick lotion to help you feel a little less itchy and more like your summer self.

With the lack of humidity, you and your family are at risk for more than just dry skin. When there’s no moisture in the air and your sinuses become inflamed, you’re more likely to develop sinus infections and less likely to resist the common cold.

There are answers out there for restoring the moisture in your home and body. And they’re not all wrapped up in Vaseline.

Humidifiers and Vaporizers: What’s the Difference?

If you’re looking for a way to restore some of the moisture in your home and body, consider an air vaporizer. Not to be confused with a humidifier, an air vaporizer is usually a less expensive option and has some medicinal applications as well.

But what’s the real difference between the two? They’re quite similar, but a few things distinguish a vaporizer. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect from each:

Humidifier:

  • Maintains moisture in the home
  • Pushes out cold vapors due to the lack of a heating element
  • Thought to be safer for kids
  • Without proper care and maintenance, a humidifier may cause mold and multiply bacteria

Vaporizer:

  • Maintains moisture in the home
  • Pushes out hot vapors due to the heating element
  • Higher risk of a burn-related injury
  • Will not increase mold and bacteria, as the water is boiled before it is released
  • Able to add essential oils or menthol sticks to aid in breathing and recovery from congestion
  • May add heat to small rooms

Though the benefits vary slightly, the difference either of these machines can make in your home is well worth the purchase.

What Too Much Moisture Means

Though there are many benefits to humidifiers and vaporizers, you have to use them cautiously. One risk of using a humidifier or a vaporizer is too much moisture. As construction of houses improves, the airflow decreases, meaning there is a tight seal on windows and doors to keep cold air from coming in and hot air from going out.

This is a good thing, until you have sealed moisture within your walls that can’t escape. Too much moisture in a home can lead to increased condensation. Condensation can then lead to mold and rotting framework, causing potentially expensive home repairs. Mold also causes illnesses and exasperates conditions like asthma.  Both for your health and your home, mold is something to avoid.

Through proper care and maintenance of your vaporizer, as well as attention to your ventilation system, you should be able to maintain great air quality for your family.

Caring for Your Vaporizer

To ensure the air quality of your home is at its finest, take time to properly care for and clean your vaporizer. The steps aren’t difficult, but they are essential to making sure the machine works properly.

  • Unplug the unit: It’s easy to be in a rush and ready to just get things done. But not unplugging the unit before cleaning it can be a safety hazard. Always make sure the machine is unplugged from its power source prior to cleaning.
  • Regularly empty the water: Though the hot coils allow the water to boil, water that has been sitting too long can be an open door for bacteria and mold growth. Empty the water and refill it on a regular basis.
  • Scrub the parts: If the machine comes apart, take time to clean it thoroughly. Use a small, soft toothbrush to remove any built-up mineral deposits, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Use distilled water: Distilled water doesn’t have the same minerals in it your tap water does. This is a good thing, as using tap water may increase the deposits left on your machine. If not cleaned frequently, this can lead to bacterial growths.
  • Follow the manual: It should go without saying that you should read the manual before installing or cleaning your vaporizer, but if you feel the temptation to just put it together and go for it, don’t. Make sure all the parts of the device have been properly cleaned, dried and put back together correctly for optimal performance.

Winter doesn’t have to leave you itching for your summer skin. Embrace the cooler months by bringing a vaporizer into your home. Not only will your skin and sinuses stay hydrated, you may even recover from viruses faster. You’ll certainly breathe more easily with the use of eucalyptus oils and other vaporizer add-ins.

 

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    I like the comment about the vaporizer. I learned how to take care of the vaporizer I learned about distilled water which is made though a vaporizer.

    Thanks for your comment
    Dan Paterson