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Consumers are more conscious than ever about the air quality in their homes, especially during flu season.

Researchers have known for some years now that the flu virus thrives when the air is dry. And in the Northern Hemisphere, that’s during the winter months. Dry air can impair the human body’s ability to expel viral particles, according to Karen Panetta, dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University.

Another expert, Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, has concluded from his research that humidifying the home may be one of several worthwhile tactics against the flu virus – as long as you don’t over-humidify and cause other problems, like mold.

By controlling humidity, we not only stay more comfortable, but also avoid the conditions that seem to exacerbate colds, flu, and other pathogens. (Preliminary studies suggest that humid air may keep coronavirus at bay.) Panetta says, “Trying to keep our home environment in optimal humidity conditions is one way to slow down the superhighway for viruses.”

What Can Smart Humidifiers Do?

One way to manage the moisture in your home is with a smart humidifier. Erika Rawes, who recently reviewed several portable units for Digital Trends, says that the best smart humidifiers can:

  • Intelligently sense -- and adjust the humidity -- in a room
  • Tell you the correct water level you need for optimal humidity
  • Automatically shut off when the unit runs out of water
  • Use ultraviolet light to cleanse the air of many harmful germs

At least two of the units in Rawes’ review claim antimicrobial benefits. Honeywell’s HCM350B Germ-Free Cool Mist Evaporative Humidifier removes impurities such as germs, bacteria, and mold from the water it dispenses. Dyson’s 303117-01 AM10 Humidifier uses ultraviolet light to destroy 99.9% of the bacteria in the air -- keeping your home clean and helping you breathe easier.

Among the major suppliers in the smart humidifiers segment are Newell; BRUNE; King Clean; Crane; Stadler Form; Carrier Midea India; Guardian; Honeywell; Selkirk; Vornado Air; and Essick Air Products.

Alexa, Adjust my Smart Humidifier

While health is a big reason for purchasing a smart humidifier, an added bonus is connectivity. A new report on smart humidifiers -- from research firm Data Bridge -- says that the major factor driving the global market is the growing popularity of smart home technologies that allow consumers to control their units remotely: wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee, and voice-activated smart speakers from Amazon and Google.

Portable units make it easy to add smart humidity to a single room at a relatively low price. For consumers interested in controlling the humidity of an entire home, it might make sense to install a smart thermostat, such as a Google Nest or an Ecobee, instead.

Manufacturers: Data Bridge forecasts that the global market for smart humidifiers will reach $183.92 million, growing with the CAGR of 5.10%, between now and 2027. To find out how to transform your company’s humidifiers into smart humidifiers, contact Ayla.