Some people use humidifiers to relieve a dry air problem, but what many people don’t know is that humidifiers can introduce harmful viruses, bacteria, and toxic molds into the air in your home. Dirty humidifiers can cause health problems for people who suffer from asthma or allergies.

Why Your Humidifier Might Be Polluting Your Air

The air you breathe comes from air conditioners, air purifiers, air cleaners, air humidifiers, and air sterilizers. All of these air-moving devices have a common source of air coming from outside. When air conditioners and air purifiers remove air from the home, they bring air into them that is not clean air. It contains dust, pollen spores, germs, and many other irritating particles.

Humidity Levels Can Worsen Air Quality

When air is humidified it increases the humidity level in your home. It also increases the concentration of particles in the air, especially mold spores. These air particles come from several sources throughout your home. They can originate in air ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and basements. They also come from air purifiers, air cleaners, and air conditioners.

Poor Air Quality Contributes to Health Problems

Respiratory problems are not the only illnesses that can be caused by air contaminants. A new study shows air quality in the home can greatly affect your mental health also.

The air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than the air outside. When air is humidified air particles, especially mold spores can become very concentrated. Anything we do to increase the air quality in the home is a big benefit for our health.