Here in Amarillo, I'd imagine every one of two homes has a humidifier in it. The air here is very dry, and it's so easy to have congestion issues.

I know when I wake up in the morning, if I don't have my overhead fan running overnight at minimum, I can't breathe. It may be a bit different for me however as we lived in Austin for nearly eight years, and it's very humid there.

So we invested in a humidifier to help us sleep at night, and it's worked wonders. However, I'm going to have to make some changes when it comes to the humidifier, and if you're using one, you should make these changes too.

When we go to fill up the humidifier, we just head to the kitchen, fill up the tank, and pop it back on. Problem solved, humid air in the room, sleeping well.

Now we're being told that filling up that humidifier with tap water is actually bad for you.

Tap water in Amarillo has different microorganisms in it, and when put into a humidifier, you're ultimately spraying those all over the room. Because of that, we open ourselves up to a higher risk of sinus infections (been there actually), blood-borne infections, and even a potential risk of meningitis.

Those are things that have me running away from the tap water in my humidifier as of this moment. Trini Valdez, the Director of Valmed Home Health and Pharmacy states, “Health risks that can affect you on using tap water would be the microorganisms getting into your humidifier; it does go into your lungs.”

We breathe in enough stuff on a daily basis that can affect our lungs and well-being. I don't think we need any more right? Health experts say using distilled or purified water will eliminate those risks for us, and we'll breathe in cleaner air. I'll be changing my habits tonight.

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