The Vicks® Moisture Map

Moisture is all around us!

It makes up about 60% of our body weight. It's in the atmosphere in the form of humidity. Every system in our body depends on it. And, every day we lose moisture through our breath, perspiration, and other bodily functions.

Most of us know the parched feeling after a long flight or a cold, dry night – the effects are often visible with flakey skin, stuffy noses, and chapped lips.

Drinking plenty of water is important to hydrating your body from the inside out, but restoring essential moisture from the outside in is equally important. Too little humidity can create issues for your body, pets, and even your home.

Your Home

Click on the circle for a fact about your home!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fact:
Studies have shown that the influenza virus can live longer on non-porous surfaces like stainless steel and plastic versus porous surfaces like fabric, tissues, etc.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Too much humidity in a home means you will start to notice condensation on windows, wet stains on walls and ceilings, possible mold growth, and musty smells.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Indoor heating systems significantly reduce relative humidity levels in a home, office, or school by increasing the temperature of already dry air, thus lowering the relative humidity.

Forced air heating systems provide more rapid mixing of indoor air throughout a residence – and thus reduce relative humidity levels quicker – than radiant heating.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
A recent study shows that when homes are kept at the optimal 40-60% relative humidity level, influenza virus survival in the air can be potentially decreased.

It is particularly important to run a humidifier during the winter months when air tends to be colder and drier where relative humidity levels can reach as low as 10%.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Using a humidifier is a great way to promote the health of your house plants by helping to prevent curled leaves and dry leaf tips.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
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The difference between cool-mist and warm-mist is primarily a matter of personal preference - just as some people prefer to sleep with extra blankets and others prefer none at all.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
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During the winter, humidity levels can drop as low as 10%. When humidity levels are this low, moisture is pulled from the wood furniture, antiques and even your piano.

The moisture humidifiers add to dry air help to alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)

Your Body

Click on the arrow for a fact about your body!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fact:
The average child will have between 6 to 10 colds a year, most during the winter months. Running a humidifier can help temporarily relieve congestion and soothe a sore throat for adults and children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and coughs for kids.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Humidifiers are especially important for infants and babies whose smaller nostrils get stuffed up more easily when a cold strikes.

The average cold lasts 7 days.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Humidifiers are a perfect solution to help temporarily relieve congestion and coughs by keeping the throat and nasal passages hydrated.

A warm-mist humidifier can be used with Vicks VapoSteam for an added level of comfort when sick.

The average adult will get 2 to 4 colds a year.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Because they're where families spend the most time, bedrooms are an optimal location for running a humidifier, which can help you breathe easier and sleep more comfortably.

Warm-mist humidifiers and vaporizers also allow for the highest level of moisture saturation in a room, which can be helpful when loosening congestion.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Humidification provides a number of health and comfort benefits such as soothing parched skin.

At least 81 million Americans experience dry, itchy or scaly skin during the winter due to colder, dryer air and over-heated homes. (Source: CDC)

During the winter, the skin is exposed to dry, indoor heat with less humidity. Add to that the heavy, bulky clothes and the skin begins to generate less of its own natural moisturizers, especially as we age, which can lead to flakiness and itching. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Humidifiers help counteract the effects of dry, harsh winter air by adding essential moisture to any room – perfect temporary relief for dry nose, flakey skin, chapped lips, and general indoor air comfort.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
For kids with allergies, it is typically advised to keep humidity levels below 50% because increased humidity can breed dust mites and mold.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
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Bad hair day? Too much humidity can cause fizzy hair. Dry, winter air can leave your hair feeling dry and full of static electricity.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)

Your Region

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Fact:
Humidity may vary from city to city due to elevation and the city's layout.

Relative humidity fluctuates throughout the day along with the air temperature. At the coolest time of day, humidity usually peaks.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Neighborhoods near the coast naturally have higher humidity levels, whereas towns near desert or mountainous regions, can have much lower humidity.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Areas of Louisiana and Florida have the highest relative humidity among big US cities.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
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Cooler air holds less water, and thus areas of the country that experience extreme cold have naturally lower humidity levels.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
During the winter months, humidity levels in the northeastern and northwestern areas of the US can drop as low as 10%, which in turn affects health and homes.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
With 300 sunny days a year and less than 30 days with precipitation annually, Las Vegas is one of the driest cities in the country.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Fact:
Phoenix and other areas of Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas have the hottest climate compared to other regions of the US. Hot and dry go hand in hand.
(Sources: City-Data, Weather.com, LiveScience)
Top 10 Most Humid Cities
  1. Quillayute/Forks, WA
  2. Mount Washington, NH
  3. Astoria, OR
  4. Port Arthur, TX
  5. Lake Charles, LA
  6. Corpus Christi, TX
  7. Victoria, TX
  8. Brownsville, TX
  9. Houston, TX
  10. Olympia, WA
(Sources: NOAA)
Top 10 Driest Cities
  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Colorado Springs, CO
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Phoenix, AZ
  6. Tucson, AZ
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Ogden, UT
  10. Madison, WI
(Sources: Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc., Weather Base, & U.S. Geological Survey)
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