We break down how an air humidifier and air purifier can benefit your health and highlight some of our top picks.
We could all use better indoor air quality, and this is especially true if you suffer from allergies and asthma. When you have a breathing condition, live with pets and/or have unusually dry air in your home, an air humidifier and purifier can be beneficial to your overall lung health.
Here, the difference between the two as well as some of the benefits they can have to your overall health.
Humidifiers help put moisture back into the air by releasing water vapour into a space to increase the level of humidity. This is particularly helpful during the winter months when it can get dry in your home.
Reduces infections: Having a humidifier in your home can help keep you healthy and reduce the risk of infections as viruses and bacteria can't travel well in moist air.
Promotes better sleep: A dry nose and throat can cause unpleasant snoring, but a humidifier adding moisture to the air can prevent your passageways from drying out, making humidifiers great for your sinuses and thereby helping you get a good night's sleep.
Delivers healthier skin: Have you been experiencing dull, dry skin? A humidifier can help prevent dryness, dullness, flaking and accelerated aging that cold, dry air can do to your skin by helping you maintain a healthy glow.
TIP: It's best to use distilled or demineralized water in a huidifier, as the minerals found in regular tap water can create buildup in your machine and promote bacterial growth.
Purifiers on the other hand help to remove contaminants from the air in a room, therefore cleaning the air and improving the overall quality.
Removes asthma and allergen triggers: Your breathing can improve significantly with an air purifier as it can remove pet dander, second-hand smoke and other allergens that can cause your breathing conditions to flare up.
Keeps your lungs healthy: Having an air purifier in your home will ensure your lungs stay healthy and prevent long-term breathing issues caused by consistent exposure to dust, pollen and other airborne substances.
Prevents sickness from spreading: If you're worried about catching a cold from a member in your household who's already sick, don't fret—a purifier will capture and eliminate any airborne germs that may make you sick.
TIP: Make sure to purchase a true HEPA (highly efficient particulate air) air purifier as they do not produce the lung irritant ozone as a byproduct like Ionic air cleaners do. A HEPA filtered air purifier also ensures that 99.97% of airborne germs, allergens and odours are captured.
OUR TOP PICKS
Certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma Society of Canada, the Dyson humidifier projects clean, hydrated air around any room evenly and quietly. It kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water with its Ultraviolet Cleanse technology, exposing every drop of water to UVC light.
The VAVA humidifier is equipped with two different length nozzles—a shorter dual output nozzle when placed on an elevated surface and a longer nozzle for when its situated on the floor.
This air purifier from Levoit features a 3-stage filtration system (Fine Preliminary, True HEPA and Activated Carbon filters) ensuring 99.97% of particles and odours are eliminated from the air.
Ideal for small and medium-sized rooms, this air purifier's 360° intake grill will absorb pollutants, airborne viruses, mould and other contaminants.