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I remember my mom and dad dumping buckets of water into the big humidifier in our living room each winter in Nebraska. I loved the warm moist mist that steamed from it, making the hot dry air pumped out by the furnace a little easier to breathe. I never really thought about it until I moved out of the house and started missing that “moist air feeling” in my own home. I’ve had a humidifier ever since.
The air in your house in the winter, no matter how temperate the climate, can get very dry. It happens right about when the heater starts clicking on. That’s when the humidifier comes out. Experts say that you should keep the indoor relative humidity (water vapor in the air) at between 35% and 55%. Get a hygrometer to easily test your humidity levels. It works like a thermometer.
Why Do You Need a Humidifier?
* Your Health: Low humidity dries your skin, causes nasal situations and makes your eyes itchy. Humidifiers keep your skin moisturized, help relieve cold and flu symptoms and can relieve asthma symptoms (check with your doc first). The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other medical organizations, recommend the use of humidifiers and vaporizers for treating upper respiratory infections. Proper humidity levels year round will help you avoid colds, bloody noses and sinus problems.
* Lower Utility Costs: You will feel warmer at a lower temperature so you can turn your thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter.
* Your Furniture, Art and Instruments: Dry air can ruin your wood floors, wood furniture, piano, guitar and artwork.
* Your Electronics: Dry air causes static electricity. Sometimes funny, sometimes just a pain, but these “zaps” can wipe out computers and electronics.
What kind of humidifer do you need? Read Humidifier Types & Tips.
If you have a portable humidifer, are you keeping it clean or Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?
Changes in weather, back-to-school germs, commuter travel, jobs in health care, stress and allergies are just a few of the factors working against you in the cold- and flu-avoidance areas. Bottom line, if your immune system is shaky and you hang around a lot of people, you’re wide open for a virus. And if you’re a stressed out school nurse that takes the train to work, well, um . . . good luck. 🙂
The key to prevention is protection. But with more than 200 strains of cold virus and three types of flu viruses floating around it’s no wonder that so many people catch these highly contagious bugs. All you have to do is inhale infected air, share infected items or touch tainted surfaces then touch your hands to your nose, eyes or mouth and BAM, the virus is yours. Flu shots are formulated to prevent Types A and B viruses, but can’t touch Type C. And the common cold, well, the causes of 30% to 50% of adult colds remain a mystery.
Allegro’s Cold/Flu Season Category has a wide selection of products to help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms. Ideal for everyone from individuals to caregivers, schools, offices, stores, clinics, homes and hospitals – it’s time for everyone to take stock and be prepared.
Cold and Flu Products
Personal Protection Masks and Hand Sanitizers – If you are in close contact with cold or flu victims, protect yourself from inhaling virus infected droplets in the air with a face mask (level of effectiveness depends on masks rating) and keep your hands sanitized to provide the first level of protection against viruses.
Exam Gloves– Gloves provide protection from viruses that can survive on surfaces – especially in health care and caregiver settings. Keep a box handy also for household chores, messes and hobbies. Great for changing the oil, gardening, cleaning, pet clean-up and much more.
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Cold & Flu Diagnostic Products– With flu comes fever, which is likely the easiest way to distinguish between a flu and a cold. What’s your temperature? Also find tongue depressors, otoscopes and other diagnostic products for kids and adults alike. Say ahhhhhhh.
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Pain Relief / Comfort – Stock up on products that will help you feel better if that ol’ flu or cold bug catches you. Heating pads, cooling pads and fluffy slippers, mostly.
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Respiratory/Breathing Products – Loosen tight chests and ease your breathing with humidifiers, vaporizors and nebulizers.
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Surface Sanitizers / Disinfectants – These hospital-grade disinfectants and surface sanitizers kill bugs and bacteria you didn’t know existed. Wipe down counters, walls, bannisters, door knobs, desks, tables and other surfaces in the home, office, clinic or school to keep everyone safe. Read product descriptions and directions carefully!
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications – Generic and name brand aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, nausea relief, cough syrup, Mucinex, naproxen sodium, sleep aids and more. Super values. Stock up today!
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Please try to stay well! And remember to ask you doc if you should get a flu shot.
If anyone has ever said you have a dirty mouth, they were right. A normal, healthy mouth is host to millions of germs and more than 500 identified bacterial strains. And even though you use toothpaste to clean your teeth, and water to rinse your toothbrush, studies have shown that toothbrushes still become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva, oral debris and toothpaste. The Journal of American Dental Association says that contaminated toothbrushes not only harbor, but also transmit both viruses and bacteria that cause systemic, localized and oral inflammatory diseases.
Want a clean brush every time? UV Technology zaps toothbrushes and dental appliances free of germs (including the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus) after each use. There’s a solution for every brush in your household! Battery operated, the batteries last about 3 months if used twice a day. Great gift idea.
Keep Your Toothbrush and Dental Appliances Germ Free
The Dental Spa uses UV technology and sonic waves to eliminate 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your dentures, bite plates, retainers, mouth guards, invisible braces and whitening trays.
Original Violight Toothbrush Sanitizer – Kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on up to four toothbrushes at a time. Removable tray for easy cleaning.
iZap Portable Toothbrush Sanitizer – Did you know that UV light kills the H1N1 Swine Flu virus? So does this portable toothbrush sanitizer. Use with your favorite electric or manual toothbrush, or use the free tooth brush included.
Zapi – The Personal Toothbrush Sanitizer– Choose from 4 super cool colors to match your personal style. This Zapi’s germicidal bulb also kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria in just minutes. Works with most manual toothbrushes and electric heads.
DUO Toothbrush Sanitizer – A portable germ killing toothbrush sanitizer built for two. Uses dual technology – UV light and sonic waves to get your toothbrushes 99.99% germ free. The first portable toothbrush sanitizer built for two brushes. It includes the brushes, but most others models will also fit. Perfect for travel or at home. I know, because I have one!
Personal Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer – This toothbrush sanitizer eliminates 99.9% of germs in just 6 minutes. Great for hotels, airplanes, dorms and health clubs. And you don’t have to remember to put your brush in there. It comes with one.
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UV Toothbrush Sanitizer and Holder – Like the Violight product this toothbrush sanitizer from iTouchless holds and sanitizes up to 4 toothbrushes at the same time. Eliminates unwanted and harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside on your regular and electric toothbrushes. Just press the button and you’re sanitizing.
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How about a super plaque fighting power toothbrush to go with your new toothbrush sanitizer? Check this out:
Conair Interplak Battery Opticlean Plaque Remover – Reduce plaque and other dental hygiene concerns with this rechargeable cordless toothbrush. Three types of bristles in the oscillating brush head clean better than conventional brushes.
See also the Conair Interplak Waterjet
A clean mouth is a happy mouth. Happy germ fighting!
Cold weather, indoor activities, school kids, lack of exercise and the stresses of everyday life = increased susceptibility to colds and flu.
If I stay ahead of colds and flu I find that I only get sick when foreign germs are forced on me – like in an airplane or by my thoroughly wonderful, germy nephews. When you are constantly fighting something and you have to ‘chase’ good health, it is important to realize that you can’t win unless you strengthen your immune system.
Create and follow a plan to bolster your immunity and you may just sail through cold and flu season sniffle-free. Those with disabilities or chronic illnesses have an even tougher time avoiding colds and flu, but they are often times better prepared to prevent colds and flu because they know the dangers.
Going into the holiday season with a chink in your immunity armour is really asking for trouble. Here are some ideas and products to help you prevent colds and flu this season by strengthening your ability to fight germs:
Reduce your Stress
Stress Eraser – We’ve all heard that stress kills and we’ve seen plenty of evidence to support it. Perhaps this amazing stress relieving tool could save your life. It is a portable biofeedback device that helps you learn how to activate your body’s natural relaxation response. FDA regulated, non-invasive and drug-free. Featured on The Rachael Ray Show and The View. A great gift! Those with high blood pressure might consider the RESPeRATE as well.
Manage your stress with other stress relievers, massagers and spa products in our Stress Products Category
Are You Too Stressed? Take the Stress Test!
Do Moderate, Consistent Exercise
A recent study shows that the risk both of catching a cold or the flu and of having a particularly severe form of the infection “drop if you exercise moderately”. If you are sedentary, or if you exercise too intensely, the opposite is true. As with most things, moderation wins.
Exercise Peddler – Work at your own pace peddling with your arms or your legs. This exercise peddler is a favorite because it folds up and there is no assembly required. Features adjustable resistance and an electronic display, all for under $50. Makes a great gift. I use mine while I watch t.v. That’s not cheating, is it? See all Cycles/Pedlars
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Take your Vitamins
Emercen-C Immune Defense – Includes all the necessary vitamins to boost your immune system. Mix with water and enjoy hot or cold. Emergen-C products are extremely popular and provide a wide range of targeted benefits.
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Most of our germ avoiding products are in our Swine Flu Products section where you’ll find germ-fighting Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Masks and Surface Disinfectants.
Hand Sanitizing Gel – Our most popular hand sanitizing gel. It’s inexpensive and it works. Buy in various sizes to have it handy in your car, purse, briefcase and home.
Educate your friends, family and community to make immunity boosting a TEAM approach! Take vitamins, Exercise moderately, Avoid germs and Manage stress. I promise you’ll be way ahead when it comes to fighting colds and flu this season.
If, by chance, you lose the fight, there are nearly 60 items in our Cold and Flu Season Products category to make you feel better.
Wishing you a healthy holiday season. -v
Listen up all you skiers, snowboarders, hunters, hikers, bikers, football fans, bird watchers and dog walkers. You too, you shivering-in-front-of-the-tv wrapped in a blanky people. You don’t have to be cold! With today’s technology and a little planning you can stay warm all winter long, inside and out.
Pick up extras to give as holiday gifts or stocking stuffers!
OUTDOOR Warming Products
Cold Weather Mask – Take the risk out of breathing cold air with this Arctic Fleece mask that warms the air you inhale, no matter how cold and dry it is. Enhanced with a particle filtering lining. Adjustable, washable, long lasting, rolls up for storage/packing. Effective in sub-zero weather.
SKWOOSH Stadium Gel Seat– Cradle and warm your buns as you cheer on your favorite team with this super thin, but extremely effective TekPad gel-filled Stadium Seat. Weighs only 7 ozs, folds to the size of a piece of paper, has 2 built-in carry handles and comes in Navy, Burgendy, Black or Green. Super value priced for everyone in the family and great for indoors or out. Made in the USA.. U..S…A!! Goooooo USA! (Practicing my cheers).
Allegro has everything from travel cushions to hunting cushions and Kayak Cushions! See all SKWOOSH Cushions and Seats.
Cold Condition Glove– These Ironclad cold weather gloves are designed to protect your hands from cold weather but allow for a high level of dexterity. Wicking material wicks away perspiration. Breathable, but resists water and oil. Non-slip reinforcements on palm and fingers for enhanced grip and abrasion-resistance. Neoprene at the cuff and knuckle. Machine washable.
Superfeet hot PINK Cold Weather Premium Insoles – Lady skiers and snow boarders, add these to your ski boots and you’ll be carving like a pro this season. Provides support, shock absorption, power transmission and edge control to tear up the slopes. Heat management for all-day comfort. Antimicrobial technology helps prevent foot odor. Men, we carry them for you too: Superfeet REDhot Cold Weather Premium Insoles.
Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa– Nothing warms you more completely than a nice relaxing spa. Now you can have your own bubbling, whirling spa at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hot tub. Sets up in about 20 minutes, requires no tools, and plugs into a regular household outlet. Seats 4 to 5 people. Great gift for the family. Use it indoors or outdoors, on your patio or deck, in your condo or apartment, lakehouse, cabin or boat!
INDOOR Warming Products
Bed Buddy Foot Warmers with Aromatherapy – Just pop the reusable scent pack in the microwave for a minute and put them back in the fleece fabric boots for an hour of moist heat and warm feet! Lightly fragranced with clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus. For cold hands, try the Bed Buddy Hand Warmers or get everything, including the sinus pack in the Bed Buddy Heat Therapy Kit.
NatraCure Heat Therapy Mittens – Recommended for arthritis sufferers and hard working hands as a warming aid. One size fits most. Washable and reusable. Lightly scented. Disperses moisturizing mineral oils and Vitamin E to hydrate and nourish your skin. Microwave for 25 to 30 seconds to warm.
Bed Warmer – Placed at the bottom of the bed under the sheets, the Battle Creek Bed Warmer warms your legs and feet rather than the whole bed. Or, position warmth exactly where it feels best! Costs less to operate than an electric blanket.
Arthritis Gloves – Soft, breathable cotton lycra will make you want to wear these gloves day and night. Mild compression and warmth helps increase circulation and promote healing of arthritic, achy, painful, stiff hands. Great for working around the house or in the garden to keep your hands warm but your fingers free to feel, touch and grip.
Toasty Toes Personal Heater – Perfect for work or home, this “deluxe” footrest is thermostatically controlled to heat your feet and legs. Use in the office, study, basement, garage, porch, craft room you need to be seated or standing for a long time. Three positions. 6 foot cord plugs into any 110v outlet.
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Dream Saks Airline Comfort Set – Travel in warmth and style with your own silk blanket, pillowcase and eye shades! Great for long air routes, trains, buses or cars. Rolls into its own 12″ bag and weighs less than a pound. Prefer cashmere over silk? Try the Dream Sak Luxury Travel Kit. A great gift for the traveler who has everything…
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Indoor or Outdoor Relief from Cold
Grabber Peel-n-Stick Adhesive Body Warmers – Standard equipment for anyone who enjoys outdoor cold weather activities. Widely used for soothing cold, sore joints and muscles as a result of Arthritis, Raynaud’s, Lupus, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia or just poor circulation. 40 portable heating pads per box, one time use, disposable. Warms for 12+ hours. For cold feet and cold hands, use Grabber’s Foot Warmers and Grabber’s Hand Warmers. Get a case and divide them up for stocking stuffers or gifts for your team members and friends.
Wishing you and your family a nice warm winter. As always, thanks for your business. -v
Stock up and save on a wide selection of cold and flu products from AllegroMedical.com this season. The H1N1 virus may be in your area, but our Swine Flu protection products can help slow the spread and prevent contraction of the virus. If you end up with the flu, our H1N2 flu remedies can make you more comfy.
How do you know you have the flu versus a cold?
You know you have the flu when you get sick suddenly, have a fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue. You also may have a dry cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. It will hit you like a ton of bricks, and if left untreated you could suffer for up to 10 days. Best to get a flu shot and try to avoid it. Remember to eliminate or avoid contact with people as soon as you start feeling flu symptoms, and remain indoors for at least 24 hours after your fever has passed to avoid spreading the virus.
You know you have a cold if you get sick gradually. You will probably not have a fever. Muscle aches will likely be minor if at all, but you might have congestion, a sore throat and a cough with mucus. Most likely you’ll be sick for less than a week.
H1N1 Swine Flu Product Recommendations
60-Second Digital Thermometer, Fahrenheit– Fever is a tell-tale sign that you have the flu versus the common cold. Check for fever quickly and acturately with this digital thermometer. Use Thermometer Probe Covers for extra sanitation and germ control. Here at Allegro, we use the Single-Use Clinical Thermometers to check the temperatures of any employees who may be coming down with the flu. These thermometers are disposable and very handy this flu season for schools and businesses.
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Over-the-Counter (OTC) Flu Remedies – Feel better with Mucinex, Nasal Sprays, fever reducers and pain relievers like Ibuprofin, Tri-Buffered Asprin and Acetaminophen, cough syrups, zinc lozenges and more.
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Hot/Cold Therapy Wrap – Chill or heat the removable gel pack and then insert it into the pocket on this versatile scarf-like therapy product for quick relief of headaches and muscle aches. Also great for sprains, strains, swelling and other minor problems. Just wrap, tie and relax.
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Cool Care Comfort System Chillow Pak – Two cooling pillows – one for use inside your pillow case and the other cools anywhere from both sides. Perfect fever relief. Also great for hot flashes and night sweats.
Emergen-C– Super popular energy booster. 32 mineral complexes, antioxidants and other micro-nutrients plus 1000mgs of Vitamin C as 7 mineral ascorbates. Rev up your immune system while you’re waiting for that flu shot. Non-caffinated. How about Emergen-C Kidz for the Kids?
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H1N1 Protection and Swine Flu Prevention Products
N95 Respirator Masks with Free Iso-Tek Ear-Loop Masks – Get 70 masks for the price of 20 with this special offer. Affordable disposable protection against the H1N1 Virus. Meets or exceeds the CDC and WHO recommendations for flu prevention.
N95 Particulate Respirator Mask with Vent – Box of 10. Our most popular mask this flu season. Adjustable nose piece and inner foam provide a custom seal for different facial sizes.
See all Swine Flu Products. Find Hospital Grade H1N1 Flu Products including Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Masks / Respiratory Products, and Surface Disinfectants from major brands.
Note: Help your community common areas, schools and businesses prepare for the H1N1 Flu virus by having the proper medical supplies on hand. Forward this buyers guide information to those who are in charge of purchasing and preparedness!
AllegroMedical.com has received a shipment of NIOSH certified filtering N95 Particulate Respirator FaceMasks and Non-N95 Facemasks for sale to the public and health care facilities. Quantities are extremely limited and we are unsure about future supply.
Respirator masks are very difficult to find because the April 2009 threat of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus caused the US supply of masks to sell out in just a few days. Due to the current preparation for what is now refered to as Novel Influenza A or Novel H1N1, we believe that these masks will sell out quickly.
Also available for sale are hospital-grade disinfectants for clinical and household use. See our Swine Flu Protection Products and our Cold/Flu Season Medical Supplies to order online.
- Iso-Tek Ear Loop Facemasks
- N95 Particulate Respirator Masks
Who Needs Facemasks and/or N95 Respirators?
Dated August 5, 2009, here are the CDC Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use for Home, Community, and Occupational Settings for Non-Ill Persons to Prevent Infection with Novel H1N1.
If Novel H1N1 is in your Community:
- In unavoidable crowded settings, if you are at increased risk of severe illness from influenza (high risk persons) you should consider a facemask or respirator.
- If you work in a non-healthcare environment a facemask/respirator is not recommended but could be considered under certain circumstances for both non-high risk persons and high-risk persons.
- If you are a caregiver to someone in your home with a flu-like illness, use a facemask or respirator.
Health Care Workers
- If your occupation is in health care and you are caring for people with known, probable or suspected novel H1N1 or influenza-like illness, and you are in the non-high risk category, you should still wear a respirator mask.
- If you are in the high-risk category, you should consider temporary reassignment or wear a respirator mask.
Source: Table 1.
Here are the CDC Interim Recommendations For Facemask Use For Persons Ill With Confirmed, Probable, Or Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) To Prevent Transmission Of Novel H1N1
Facemask preferred, if available and tolerable, or tissue to cover cough/sneeze if you are in these settings:
- Home Sharing Commmon Space with Others
- Health Care Settings (When Outside of Patient’s Room)
- Non-Healthcare Setting
See Table 2
We hope you stay healthy through this flu season. Let us know if there is anything we can get for you.
Thank you for being an AllegroMedical.com customer. We appreciate your business.
It’s hard to predict how the looming H1N1 Swine Flu Virus will impact your family, community or workplace, but what with all the hooplah it is best to be prepared.
Allegro’s broad range of antimicrobial germ killers lets you order the same products used in hospitals and other health care facilities – for use in your own home, vehicle, office, school or social gathering places. We suggest you order these hospital grade disinfectants and sanitizers today, as demand is expected to be high.
Why stock up on antimicrobials? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the H1N1 virus is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through the coughing or sneezing of infected people. Droplets from a cough or sneeze move through the air and can transmit the flu to people close by. Sometimes people may also become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
How to Protect Your Health
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Throw it in the trash afterwards… please.
- To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces clean (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) by wiping them down with a household disinfectant. Allegro has many Surface Disinfectants to choose from, including disinfectant towelettes, spray cleaners, sanitizing sprays, wipes, home care kits and foggers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- If you’re sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
See All Cold/Flu Season Products including diagnostic aids, pain relief, personal protection items and more.
See All Swine Flu Category Products including gloves, hand sanitizers, masks and surface disinfectants.
Stay current with CDC recommendations at the 2009 H1N1 Flu Website.
Do what you can to avoid getting sick. Order today!
First of all, Do You Need a Humidifier?
Central humidifiers are built into home heating and air conditioning systems and are designed to humidify the whole house.
Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a cool mist with ultrasonic vibration.
Surround Air MiniAire Humidifier – A palm-sized humidifier that’s perfect for your office or car. Weighs less than 1 lb.
SonicAire Humidifier – Ultrasonic cool mist with built-in air purifying ionizer. 2 gallon tank for up to 30 hours of operation without refills.
Impeller humidifiers produce a cool mist with a rotating disk.
Sunbeam Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier – Perfect for small to medium-sized rooms. Produces a refreshing cool mist. Contemporary design.
Evaporative humidifiers use a fan to blow air through a wet wick, filter or belt.
Care-Free Humidifier Plus – 2.5 gallon. PermaWick, mechanical humidistat, NiteGlo night light and 2-speed whisper quiet Hunter fan. Needs no regular maintenance. Clean once a year. Triple antibacterial SafeSystem protects 100% agains bacteria, molds & spores.
Steam vaporizers use electricity to create steam that cools before leaving the machine. Avoid this type of humidifier if you have children; hot water inside this type of humidifier may cause burns if it’s spilled.
Sunbeam Warm Mist Vaporizer Humidifier – Produces a soothing warm mist to combat coughs and colds. Great for small rooms. Up to 14 hours on 1 filling. Sleek and compact. Easy to clean.
- Keep your humidifier clean and maintained or you could get sick. Dirty reservoirs and filters quickly grow bacteria and mold. Read Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?
- Talk to your doctor about using a humidifier if you have asthma or allergies.
- Test the humidity in your home with a hygrometer or “Mold Alert”. A healthy range is between 35% and 55%.
- Rule of thumb: 40°F outside 45% humidity inside; 20°F out, 35% in; 0°F out, 25% in, -10°F out, 20% in.
- Move to another State if it’s 10 below in the winter. Okay, anyway…
- High humidity can be remedied by an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
- Some rooms will be higher in humidity than others. Even if you have a central humidifier unit, you may need to regulate some rooms with separate units.
- You can remove excess humidity in kitchen and baths by running the vent/fan during cooking and bathing, and afterwards for about 20 minutes.
- You may consider a cool mist humidifier for children, so they don’t risk accidental steam burns.
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