November is Flu Awareness Month

November is National Flu Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) each year at least 200,000 people are hospitalized for complications due to the flu, and 36,000 people die from the flu each year.  Also, anywhere from 10 to 20% of the US population is infected with the flu virus each year. As the cold and flu season gears up again this year, it is important to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Here are some tips that can help you avoid catching the flu:

  • Avoid contact with those infected with the flu

The flu is a virus, and as such it is spread from one person to another. Sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands are all ways that the flu can be transmitted. By limiting exposure to people who have been infected with the flu, you reduce your chances of catching the flu.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly

Keeping your hands clean will limit your exposure to the flu virus.

  • Get a flu shot

The CDC recommends all persons over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against the flu annually. This is perhaps your best defense against the flu.

Filters Fast offers many products that can help you through cold and flu season, including the Crane EE-8064 Digital Germ Defense Humidifier,  the Honeywell UV Surface Treatment System UV100A1059, the Filtrete Ultra Allergen Air Filter, the Filtrete Advanced Allergen Air Filters, the Honeywell UV Air Treatment System UV100E1043, and our line of Crane Cool Mist and Warm Mist Humidifiers.

Protecting yourself and your family against the flu keeps everyone healthy and happy. Join us in raising the awareness of the dangers of the flu, and how to prevent it.

Using Humidifiers to Treat Your Child’s Cold

According to the Mayo Clinic website, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that parents avoid using cough and cold medicines to treat children younger than age 2.” Potential drawbacks to using these medicines include possible side effects such as rapid heart rate and convulsions, and the fact that cold medicines mask present symptoms. Also, cold medicines don’t treat the underlying symptoms, so giving them to your child won’t make their cold go away any sooner.

All this begs the question: what can you do for a child’s cold? The old standbys seem to work the best: plenty of rest and fluids, cough drops to soothe a sore throat, and moistening nasal passages. One method for moistening these passages is running a cool mist humidifier. Filters Fast offers a wide variety of cool mist humidifiers to help comfort your child when they’re sick.

Here are some tips for operating cool mist humidifiers from Crane:

  • Use clean, cool water
  • Place your humidifier on waterproof surface approximately 3 feet off the ground
  • Keep your humidifier out of corners and away from walls
  • Adjust your humidifier so that it sprays up into the air, not down to the ground
  • Use a few capfuls of white vinegar and a half tub of warm water to clean

Your cool mist humidifier can be run year round to keep your family healthy and happy. Optimum humidity level in the home is 40-50% relative humidity.

Crane also states on their website that you could be eligible for a tax deduction if you doctor recommends using a cool mist humidifier primarily for medical reasons.

It’s difficult to see children suffer when they have a cold, but using these “comfort” measures, including the use of a cool mist humidifier, can make them more comfortable while they’re on the mend.

What Type of Humidifier Should You Choose?

Should you invest in a humidifier? Have you thought about purchasing a humidifier, but you maybe unsure about which one to buy? Before making an investment, there are a couple of things you need to consider. First, you should think about the size of the room your humidifier will go in and secondly, search for the type of humidifier that will address your specific need. Many types of humidifiers vary in gallon output, size and technique. Here is a guide to the different types of humidifiers available for your home or office:

Cool Mist Evaporative Humidifiers:

In Cool Mist Evaporative Humidifiers normally a wick filter sits at the base of the humidifier and absorbs water. The Bionaire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is suitable for small rooms, offices, dorm rooms and other small personal spaces. It uses an ultrasonic transducer to produce humidity and the mist output can be regulated with the dual-speed control knob located on the top of the humidifier. This is also a top fill humidifier.

Warm Mist Humidifiers:

Warm mist humidifiers use a heating element to boil the water in the humidifier and release it in the form of warm steam. The Holmes HM5082 Humidifier has a dishwasher safe base and is embedded with Antimicrobial Product Protection treated to key plastic parts. It features a 2-speed setting and digital humidistat that allows the humidifier to run up to 24 hours per filling. This humidifier is perfect for small rooms and your child’s nursery.

Ultrasonic Humidifiers:

An Ultrasonic humidifier is the quietest humidifier manufactured. It uses the power of high frequency sound waves that pulsates a metal diaphragm to help break the water down into an ultra-fine vapor mist. The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Frog and Cool Mist Hello Kitty Humidifiers supply indoor moisture for easier breathing and relieves nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation and other similar issues. The mist output can be regulated with the control knob located at the front of the humidifier.

Warm Mist Vaporizers:

Warm Mist Vaporizers use a heating element to boil the water in your humidifier and releases it into your indoor air as a warm steam mist. If you live in a really cold climate, systems like the Sunbeam Warm Mist Vaporizer features a safety key-lock to prevent shock hazards, an automatic shut-off system when the tank is empty and a mist guard. This warm mist vaporizer also has an integrated medicine cup that will allow you to use your vaporizing inhalants.

Cool Mist Impeller Humidifiers:

In this type of humidifier, like the Sunbeam Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier, a high speed rotating disk spins water towards a diffuser, which breaks the water down into tiny drops and is released into the air as a fine mist. The Sunbeam Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier produces a refreshing cool mist that is beneficial for combating cough and cold symptoms. The patented impeller disk prevents any mist from spilling out from the unit and onto your floor.

UV Germ Free Humidifiers:

Some humidifiers feature UV Germ-Free technology that uses ultraviolet light to kill germs, bacteria and viruses present inside the water of your humidifier. This type of humidifier may be ideal for babies, small children or anyone concerned about preventing the spread of germs, viruses and bacteria.

Top Fill Humidifiers:

This easy pour-in humidifier is perfect for individuals having difficulty lifting or carrying heavy water bottles, or suffering from arthritis. Top fill humidifiers will give you the ability to pour water directly into the humidifier using your own water container.

Humidity that is too low or too high could cause serious and aggravating problems. For very large areas, console humidifiers may be suitable. For small, medium or large rooms in your home, dorm or office, consider purchasing a smaller room humidifier. For optimum performance of your humidifier, regularly maintain your unit and be sure to change your replacement filters as recommended.