Do Humidifiers Increase Oxygen?
A humidifier is not an oxygen machine or an oxygen concentrator and it should not be mistaken for one.
A humidifier is an appliance that adds moisture or humidity to the air. And humidity actually displaces oxygen.
But a humidifier can increase oxygen indirectly in a couple of ways.
1. Humidity is a natural air purifier that weighs down particles like pollen and airborne bacteria as well as viruses.
Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier can make these particles too heavy to float thereby increasing the natural oxygen available.
The National Library of Medicine has stated that “the majority of adverse health effects caused by relative humidity would be minimized by maintaining indoor levels between 40 and 60%.
By keeping the relative humidity at the recommended level, you naturally increase the oxygen by using the natural capacity of humidity to purify the already existing oxygen.
Using a humidifier as a tool to help keep your oxygen creating plants healthy.
Using a humidifier for plants is not a new idea. Plants need the right humidity to thrive and stay healthy just as much as people do.
The same dried out air in the house that causes your skin to crack and your nose to feel brittle will also have an adverse effect on your plants.
Plants need that 40 to 60% relative humidity to thrive as much as people do.
If you haven’t heard about it, there is a list of plants that NASA has conducted an in-depth study on and has declared them to be all natural air purifiers.
Some of the plants included in the list are Aloe Vera, Rubber Plant, and Mother-in-law’s tongue.
And a number of the plants, including the ones I mentioned above happened to be some of the best oxygen producing plants that exist.
Do you see where I’m going here?
The combination of the right plants with the right moisture in the air can make an amazing air purification system and a high oxygen producing environment.
So what’s the answer to the original question?
“A humidifier can help increase oxygen when it is used as a tool to help purify your air and to keep your all natural air purifying and oxygen releasing plants moist and healthy in your home.’
How do you know how much humidity to add to aid your plants?
The ideal is to mimic the natural environment and climate where the plant grows the best.
In other words, cactus is going to need less humidity because of its natural desert surroundings and Rubber tree is going to need much more because of its natural tropical habitat.
Doing the research for your plants is key.
Knowing the humidity level in your home is also key.
If you do not know what your humidity is already, you do not have a starting point.
A hygrometer is an inexpensive thermometer type device that measures humidity.
But a better option is to own a humidifier that has a hygrometer/ humidistat already built in.
Most Humidifiers are usually known to be pretty cheap devices you find in the drugstore or Walmart.
But these days humidifiers are smart machines that can either work as cool mist or vaporizers and include features like essential oil compartments and bacteria resistant materials.
Do humidifiers increase oxygen?
A humidifier is not the same thing as an oxygen concentrator.
Human beings cannot breathe underwater and it is also true that when the humidity is very heavy, it can be harder to breathe because of the thickness of the air.
High levels of humidity are also known to be a lot more likely to be full of mold spores and dust mites. Dust mite populations are actually exploding with high humidity.
So just blasting humidity into a room with a humidifier is not an answer to increasing the oxygen or creating an environment where you can breathe better.
But maintaining the proper relative humidity in the house is a great way to reduce the amount of airborne germs and allergens as well as hydrate your nasal cavities and your skin.
Humidifiers are also an excellent way to keep your plants lush and thriving.
And if you want to take it a step further you can include plants that are listed in NASA’s top Air purifying and oxygen releasing plants.
Humidifiers can help increase the oxygen in a room but they do so indirectly.