For those of us who’ve toppled over in tears because our tootsies are so dry we’re seeing camels, you’re in luck.
This examiner used to use a humidifier when she was wee because she suffered from croup and pneumonia. Some early memories include seeing Dad cranking up those dials as wet bubbles started to percolate. Several trips to the hospital made the humidifier at home a necessity, not a luxury.
This is why, upon assembling the Honeywell MistMate Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, I did a double-take. It was an emotional experience.
It gently enduces zzz’s, easing fears about not only that winter cough, but those dreaded chapped lips; overdry scalp, elbows and feet as it returns moisture to the room.
Its sleek black or red design is not garish the way those 1960s-style humidifiers’ were. It looks as much like a European coffeemaker or fan as it does a machine to keep you moist. It’s about the size of your toaster.
The company is also promoting its Honeywell Humidity Monitor (HHM10), and they recommend buying the inexpensive device in order to ensure humidity is moderated. The humidifier blasts visible moisture in a room as large as 12 by 12 feet.
Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, senior scientist with Environmental Health & Engineering and the University of Rhode Island told Honeywell:
As temperatures drop beginning as early as September, moisture evaporates from the air causing humidity levels to dip from 50 percent to as low as 10 percent, causing harsh, drying effects on the body and home. It is important to run a humidifier during this time of year to maintain humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent, which is optimal for home comfort.
And for those of you who are, like I, scared of instruction books do not be alarmed: just flip the unit over, turn the knob so the flap on the tank opens, fill with water, reattach lid tightly, plug in and turn on. One is warned to ensure that it’s never plugged in once water’s run out.
I would like to write another piece on my new humidifier at the end of the winter, as it will be interesting to see if my notoriously dry dogs are kept moist and appealing till March.
Other tips for staying hydrated and moist this winter include drinking more water, using lotion twice a day as well as keeping some in your pocketbook, and keeping cold air out. Weather strip and ensure that windows are secure, not allowing that notoriously frigid and dry air in. Also make sure you wear the appropriate garb outside. Sam Champion, the national weathercaster, recently told Dr. Oz that he recommends mittens over gloves to stay warmer.
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