Why Humidify?

Does anyone in your family catch colds or suffer from dry throat and flaky skin during the winter months? These are all possible signs that the humidity levels in your home may be low. To put it into perspective, in the winter time, humidity levels can drop to as low as 10% - drier than the Sahara desert!
Vicks humidifiers are here for you when your family needs them most. By restoring essential moisture to any room, Vicks humidifiers can help you get ready before cold and flu season starts, and they help provide soothing relief once those coughs, sneezes, and congestion strike.
When someone comes down with a cough, cold, or the flu, running a humidifier provides these benefits:

  • Helps to temporarily relieve:

  • Stuffy noses
  • Cough 
  • Congestion


  • Helps promote better breathing for a more comfortable sleep 

Humidity Reduces the Survival of Flu and Viruses on Surfaces and In the Air

In the fight against the flu, your home is a major battleground. Millions of flu particles can linger in the air and on surfaces we touch day in and day out.
Recent studies suggest that humidifiers may play an important role in reducing the survival of the flu virus. Studies have shown that keeping indoor air at a Relative Humidity level of 40-60% reduces the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air.*

Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics

While there is no cure for the common cold, fortunately, there are things parents can do to make children and themselves feel more comfortable. 

Using a humidifier is definitely one of them. In fact, when a child comes down with a cold, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends running a cool mist humidifier to provide temporary relief from cough and congestion, for better breathing and a more comfortable sleep.

Humidification for Wellness

Throughout the winter, using a humidifier will help your family feel more comfortable, even if they are not feeling sick! Using a humidifier regularly helps provide temporary relief from these common winter discomforts: 

  • Dry eyes and skin 
  • Chapped lips 
  • Dry nasal and throat passages

Humidifiers even help reduce static electricity, keep plants healthier and protect wooden furniture!

Measuring Humidity Levels

While drier skin and nasal passages can be signs of low humidity in your home, humidity monitors are available to help you measure indoor humidity levels. Some devices like the Vicks Humidity Monitor also measure the temperature.

A comfortable humidity level should be between 40-60%

*A study by Environmental Health and Engineering (Environmental Health 2010, 9:55) shows that keeping air at relative humidity levels between 40-60% can reduce survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. Humidifiers can help achieve and maintain this humidity level.