The Sanctuary of Sleep
During the winter months, colds and flu inevitably interrupt the flow of a household and everyone’s holding the tissues. There are many home remedies to relieve the discomfort of colds. We’d like to discuss one that, if not used correctly, has potential to make things worse.
Humidifiers are a popular option (especially with parents) to help relieve nagging night time coughs or dry throats. Often placed in bedrooms and left running overnight to increase humidity, easing the symptoms of a cold. This works great as a quick fix for a lot of people, but there are some important things to note when using one.
Humidifiers are pumping up to 2 litres of water into your room. You need to be mindful that the moisture also needs to be taken out of your room with each use. If you don’t, the elevated moisture levels can easily lead to mould growth. This is dangerous for people suffering respiratory issues from the colds they are trying to ease. We have seen mould affected rooms from humidifier use happen quite a few times at MouldMen. Unfortunately, the growth is often occurring in babies nurseries.
To prevent this happening, ventilate the room immediately in the morning, opening up all windows and letting sunlight in. If this is not clearing the excess moisture, use a dehumidifier to remove the humidity. Or run an air-conditioning unit on dry cycle for a few hours.