Before You Buy A Room Humidifier – Humidifier Buying Tips

A few buying tips will make your humidifier shopping a little easier. If you are not sure that you really need a humidifier, you may want to measure the humidity level in your home with a hygrometer. They are inexpensive and can help you monitor the air you breathe so you can take action to maintain it at the optimum level. Review the recommended moisture level in Controlling Moisture. Sorting through humidifier details can be daunting and consumers have lots of questions

Determine The Type of Humidifier You Need – Cool vs Warm Mist

First, you need to decide what type of humidifier you are looking for – warm or cool mist, or whether a dual unit would be more convenient. If you’re not sure, learn the difference between a warm and cool mist humidifier to help you determine what is best for you. Read why some feel a cool mist is safer when young children are present. There are also models that humidify and purify (or wash) the air – these are usually a more expensive, but may be worth considering. For more about maintaining a proper home humidity, read Controlling Home Moisture and learn why too little or too much humidity can be problematic.

Type of Humidifica

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There are basically two types of processes that a humidifier might use to generate moisture or steam – evaporative which is more common and generally the cheapest, and ultrasonic which produces a finer water mist. Either type can be used for warm or cool mist models, but ultrasonic is considered safer since it does not produce a mist by boiling water. Therefore the humidifier does not contain hot water that could create a hazard if the unit was knocked over.

Humidifier Styles – Personnal, Portable, Console or Flow-Through ByPass

A personal humidifier is a very compact, no more than 1-liter that can be taken on trips to provide moisture where you need it. Though efficient for personal use, the coverage area is limited. Also considered portable, a room humidifier can vary in capacity from compact to large room size and is most commonly used in bedrooms or living areas. A console model is a large, free-standing unit on wheels. Because of the larger capacity and efficiency, console models are considered whole-house units. Another type of whole-house humidifier is a flow-through bypass unit that must be installed on the home’s duct system.

Controlling Moisture Output

While some humidifiers are basic in moisture control with two or three variable fan speeds, others may have a built-in hygrometer to indicate the moisture level in the room and a humidistat that you can set for the unit to cycle on/off to maintain the proper level. Unless you want to monitor the room’s moisture level and adjust settings to maintain it, these measurement features are very handy and worth the extra cost.

Ease of Handling & Maintenance

Some water tanks are a little harder to remove and refill, some lift off easily. Could the weight of a full tank be a problem for you? Take time to inspect the unit to see how easy the water tank removes from the base. Also note if the model will require filter changes, check on availability, as well as how easy they are to change. Consider purchasing a couple of filters along with your new humidifier as maintenance is crucial to reduce the risk of bacteria and unhealthy air.

Operation Noise Level & Settings

Expect some operating noise from a humidifier, but if the unit is for a bedroom, you may want to look for one with a low, night or silent setting. This being said, my silent model is not really that quiet, but we adapted quickly to it. It actually helps to ‘drown’ out other household noises. You should have at least two settings on the unit, high and low options. Ultrasonic humidifiers are considered the quietest to operate since there is no boiling of water (hissing) and moisture is expelled in a very fine mist.

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Healthy life tips—-humidifier, why do you need one?

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Humidifiers – Why Do I Need One?

I remember my mom and dad dumping buckets of water into the big humidifier in our living room each winter in Nebraska. I loved the warm moist mist that steamed from it, making the hot dry air pumped out by the furnace a little easier to breathe. I never really thought about it until I moved out of the house and started missing that “moist air feeling” in my own home. I’ve had a humidifier ever since.

The air in your house in the winter, no matter how temperate the climate, can get very dry. It happens right about when the heater starts clicking on. That’s when the humidifier comes out.  Experts say that you should keep the indoor relative humidity (water vapor in the air) at between 35% and 55%. Get a hygrometer to easily test your humidity levels.  It works like a thermometer.

Why Do You Need a Humidifier?

* Your Health:   Low humidity dries your skin, causes nasal situations and makes your eyes itchy.  Humidifiers keep your skin moisturized, help relieve cold and flu symptoms and can relieve asthma symptoms (check with your doc first).  The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other medical organizations, recommend the use of humidifiers and vaporizers for treating upper respiratory infections.   Proper humidity levels year round will help you avoid colds, bloody noses and sinus problems.

* Lower Utility Costs: You will feel warmer at a lower temperature so you can turn your thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter.

* Your Furniture, Art and Instruments: Dry air can ruin your wood floors, wood furniture, piano, guitar and artwork.

Your Electronics:  Dry air causes static electricity.  Sometimes funny, sometimes just a pain, but these ”zaps” can wipe out computers and electronics.

 

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