These days, we're spending most of our time indoors — and, if you're anything like us, that means dry skin. Whether it's due to the change of seasons or an uptick in your heating bill, there's no better time than now to invest in a quality humidifier.
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Once the humidity drops in your home, it can be a real pain. Your skin starts to feel dry, your hair suddenly is filled with static, and your sinuses can feel dry and irritated (potentially making you more susceptible to getting sick). But that's not all low-humidity can do — it can even affect your home by causing wallpaper to peel and paint and furniture to crack, according to the EPA.
By getting a humidifier, you can help relieve the negative effects of dry air and keep your body and home happy.
Here are seven humidifiers to check out ASAP.
This humidifier is ideal for large rooms and has both a warm and cool mist feature — warm to help "kill bacteria in the water" and cool mist to help keep "sinuses and skin hydrated." There's a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts humidity levels for you. Plus, it comes with a remote control, so you can monitor from a distance. It also has an aroma compartment so you can add your favorite essential oils.
The Everlasting Comfort Humidifier features a 6-liter tank and essential oil tray to circulate scents throughout the room. It's ideal for rooms up to 500 square feet and can run for up to 50 hours. According to the company, the humidifier can also "decrease the risk of illness, germs, and bacteria" by keeping room humidity levels at an optimal 43%.
The Stadler Form Oskar Evaporative Humidifier offers a unique design, all while maintaining climate and humidity levels in your space. This design requires filters that can be purchased in sets of two for $19.99.
This humidifier can operate for up to 16 hours with its 1.5-liter tank. It's ideal for small to medium-sized rooms and is a great affordable option if you're not looking to spend too much on a humidifier.
If you have a bigger budget, this Dyson humidifier is for you. According to the company, the humidifier uses Ultraviolet Cleanse technology to kill 99.9% of bacteria in the water before dispensing mist in the room. In addition to sanitizing the water, it features intelligent climate control to measure the temperature and moisture of the air so you can achieve an optimal humidity level in the room. It's also Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier features a 1-gallon tank and can run for approximately 24 hours. It utilizes UV technology to kill 99.9% of bacteria in water (somewhat similar to the Dyson Humidifier, but more budget-friendly). Additionally, it uses evaporative technology with a wicking filter to ensure it doesn't over-humidify rooms.
Personal humidifiers come in so many unique designs and are the perfect addition to any desk. This USB-friendly mini humidifier (it's only four inches tall!) can be plugged right into your computer as you work. If you're a plant lover, this option comes with a small pot so you can add your own or use the faux plants included.