Uses for a Cool Mist Humidifier

Dry air can irritate sensitive mucous membranes in the nose and throat, flare up sensitive skin conditions and lead to increased allergens in the air. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends room or whole-house humidifiers to add moisture to the air and promote easier breathing for people with congestion or respiratory inflammation. Cool-mist humidifiers are recommended by experts over their warm-mist brethren for cost and safety concerns.

Sore Throat Relief

Sore throats occur when the passage’s mucous membranes are infected by a virus and become inflamed. The accompanying swelling makes breathing more difficult, and inhaling dry air irritates it further. The National Library of Medicine (NLM), operated by the National Institutes of Health, recommends using cool-mist humidifiers to moisten and soothe dry throats.

Relief of Nasal Congestion

Increased humidity can allay the runny nose, sniffles and other symptoms of nasal congestion. The NIH recommends running a humidifier to assist breathing for children and adults. The organization cautions to “avoid putting too much moisture” in a child’s room, as it could lead to other respiratory problems. Cool mist is recommended, as warm mist can cause skin burns if set to close to the body.

Reducing Static Electricity

Static electricity is caused by friction, when positive and negative electrons separate from each other. An explanation of static electricity from Boston’s Museum of Science reveals that dry air promotes the growth of this friction, as humidity can coat the surface of the electron and neutralize the charge. A humidifier’s cool-mist cuts down the ability for the friction, and resulting static electricity.

Dry Skin

Dry skin comes in many forms, from simple itching and redness, to more serious conditions like eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a humidifier to lessen dry air. As hot or warm air can worsen dryness, cool-mist humidifiers are recommended.

About this Author

Jared Paventi is the communications director for a disease-related nonprofit in the Northeast. He has extensive experience in the health care, technology and sports industries. He holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a bachelor’s in journalism from St. Bonaventure University.