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.
Forced air heating systems provide more rapid mixing of indoor air throughout a residence – and thus reduce relative humidity levels quicker – than radiant heating.
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%.
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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and coughs for kids.
The average cold lasts 7 days.
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.
Warm-mist humidifiers and vaporizers also allow for the highest level of moisture saturation in a room, which can be helpful when loosening congestion.
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)
Relative humidity fluctuates throughout the day along with the air temperature. At the coolest time of day, humidity usually peaks.
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