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What You Should Know about Air Humidifiers
Humidity acts as a natural moisturizing agent that can relieve dryness. For this reason, air humidifiers are often used for relieving:
Air humidifiers can replace moisture in your home’s air. They can relieve dryness and use to reduce:
irritated vocal cords
When the air in your home is dry, you may be prone to these discomforts. Especially during dry times of the year when an air conditioner is on during the summer, and especially prevalent during winter months.
Which Air Humidifier is Right for you?
Three kinds of Cool Mist air humidifiers:
Evaporative which blows air over a set wick. There normally is a slight cost for wicks in the $10 range.
Ultrasonic – A vibrating nebulizer is used in Ultrasonic humidifiers to emit water. They are usually very quiet. They use the vibrating nebulizer instead of a fan. Some warm-mist tabletop models make little or no noise beyond mild boiling and hissing sounds.
Impeller – Impeller models produce mist using a rotating disk.
Indoor humidity should be 30 to 50 percent. But during the winter, that level can drop to 10% without humidification assistance. When heated by furnaces or wood fires, Cold air holds less moisture and dries out even more.
Which Size should you buy?
Just measure the square footage of the room. Based on the size you need, you can shop an array of humidifier styles.
If you square footage is up to 300 square feet, look at small humidifiers.
Medium humidifiers are good for rooms 300 to 499 square feet
For medium and small rooms, portable or tabletop humidifiers are least expensive. However they have smaller tanks to fill, so have to be filled and more often. Make sure the unit is easy to fill.
Large air humidifiers, For rooms 500 to 999 square feet, use large humidifiers.
As you can tell, the right choice involves trade-offs between efficiency, convenience, and noise.
Easy to Clean Air Humidifiers
The easy-to-clean feature is a primary importance. All humidifiers need to be clean. Clean Air test show humidifiers can harbor bacteria without regular cleaning,
Warm Mist and Cool Mist
Warm Mist and Cool Mist are the two general types of air humidifiers. The processes are different, but they both add moisture to the air.
The are three kinds of Cool Mist air humidifiers: Evaporative, Ultrasonic, and Impeller.
Warm Mist humidifiers heat water to steam. Many warm mist humidifiers use mineral filters that help trap water deposits. The mineral trap is an important feature for warm mist humidifiers.
Besides mild boiling and hissing sounds from boiling water, some warm-mist tabletop models make little or no noise.
Timers sound great so you can have the hours or room at the right humidity when you get home. But this feature might pose a health problem if you do not pay attention. Dry the humidifier thoroughly between uses to avoid microbes.
Ease of Use
A tabletop or console humidifier are easier to move and clean. With evaporative models, the wick should be easy and cheap to replace.
Some humidifiers have a humidistat to shut off the unit at a preset humidity level.