Air Humidifier Guide
The ideal humidity for people is at about 30-60 percent.
However, during winter or at dry desert climates humidity might drop to as low as 10 percent and cause the following problems:
- Dry skin – causing itchy feelings on skin and irritation
- Allergies – With low humidity, dust levels can increase because of dry skin and because the shells of dust mites dry out and enter the air
- Dry throat and nasal passages – Without proper humidity, you are more vulnerable to different viruses
- Dry eyes can be caused by low humidity
- Books, papers and artworks may shrink or warp and become brittle in very low humidity
- Static electricity might appear, causing annoying static cling of textiles and causing dust and small particles to stick stubbornly to electrically charged surfaces.
If you are unsure, whether the humidity in your home is too low, you can purchase a hygrometer to measure the level of humidity in your rooms(in order to do that, you can read the article on 7 best-selling hydrometers).
In order to overcome the problems, that might be caused of low humidity, it is best to choose the right air humidifier for you in terms of your needs.
Room Humidifiers vs House Humidifiers
The first thing to consider, when buying a humidifier, is to understand, whether you need it to just humidify a single room, or if you want to humidify the whole house.
The whole house humidifiers are usually larger and are able to humidify a very large area.
If you need one, then you can read the article on the 7 best-selling whole-house humidifiers.
On the other hand, the single room humidifiers are better for smaller areas and apartments.
Then you could benefit from reading the article on the 7 best-selling single-room humidifiers.
Easily Portable Travel Humidifiers
The Various Types of Humidifiers
There are many different types of humidifiers, based upon how they operate. The different types are the following:
Warm Mist Humidifier (aka Steam Humidifier, Vaporizer)
- It is a very simple humidifier and often very inexpensive as well
- You can add a medicated inhalant with the unit to help reduce coughs
- It does not evaporate any minerals or bacteria to the air
- Can be dangerous around children, because they can cause burns
- The heat source in poorly designed humidifiers can overheat, causing the product to melt or leak.
- It has the highest energy cost
You can read more on the top vaporizers in the post 7 best warm mist humidifiers.
Cool Mist Humidifier
The wick system uses a paper, cloth or foam wick or sheet to draw water out of the reservoir. A fan blowing over the wick lets the air absorb moisture.
- The main benefit for it is that it is self-regulating, as it evaporates more water into the air, when the humidity is very low, but it decreases, once the humidity gets into a higher level.
- The wicks of the humidifier might become moldy, if they are not dried out completely between fillings, and become saturated with mineral deposits over time, so they regularly need rinsing or replacement.
The top cool mist humidifiers on Amazon are the Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier and the Honeywell QuietCare 9-Gallon Output Console Humidifier.
- Relatively silent
- Low energy costs
- if the water gets stagnant, these designs will spray the stagnant water, and any bacteria it contains, into your home. This is why it is important to clean the tank regularly and refill it with clean water when you haven’t been running it.
- Ultrasonics send water minerals into the air, so it is important to make sure that your ultrasonic model features a demineralization cartridge that filters minerals out of the water to prevent the dust.
You can read more on the top ultrasonic humidifiers in the post 7 Best-Selling Ultrasonic Humidifiers.
In this humidifier, a rotating disc flings water at a comb-like diffuser. The diffuser breaks the water into fine droplets that float into the air. You normally see these droplets as a cool fog exiting the humidifier.
- Low energy costs
- if the water gets stagnant, then impellers will spray the stagnant water, and any bacteria it contains, into your home. This is why it is important to clean the tank regularly and refill it with clean water when you haven’t been running it.
- Impellers send water minerals into the air, so it is a good idea to use a low-mineral water (such as distilled water) in your humidifier.