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Why use a humidifier?

Why do we want to add humidity to our homes and what is humidity? Humidity is the amount of moisture or water vapor in the air. People tend to feel more comfortable when the relative humidity is within a certain range (between 35-55 percent). If the humidity is too low, people may be left with physical discomforts such as a dry nose, throat, lips, and skin. In addition, low humidity may also wreak havoc on your home causing static electricity, cracks in furniture, flooring, cabinetry, paint, and peeling wallpaper. High levels of humidity cause a room to feel stuffy and create an environment in which biological contaminants can thrive. Moisture is often added or removed from indoor air to make a room feel more comfortable.

Cool Mist and Warm Mist Humidifiers

One gives out a warm mist, the other gives out a cool mist. One is cool, the other is warm. Need more explanation? Well, imagine being in a greenhouse that is how a warm mist feels. People who like warm mists generally live in colder parts of the USA or like to put a warm mist humidifier into a baby's room. Conversely, people who like cool mists live in warmer climates, the last thing they want is to warm the place up a few degrees.

General Humidifier Information You Need To Know

    Steam vaporizers can be dangerous around children because they can cause burns. They also have the highest energy costs. However, there are no bacterial or mineral concerns with this technology.

    The quality of water used in the humidifier will have a large impact on the pollutants spouted into the air. Distilled water is ideal, but whatever you use, remember that any pollutants in the water softener (dissolved minerals and metals) will end up in the air. This is why it is important to clean the tank regularly and refill it with clean water when you haven't been running it. Many high-end ultrasonic units therefore have antibacterial features built in. Some units use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria. Cool mist and ultrasonic units have the capability of releasing most of the pollutants found in the water into the air. Many ultrasonic models feature a demineralization cartridge that filters minerals out of the water to prevent the dust. Steam and warm mist units release far less of the biological pollutants, dissolved minerals and metals but they are still capable of releasing chemical contaminants such as chlorine or volatile chemicals produced by biological contaminants living in the humidifier water.

Overall, many humidifiers have incorporated safety features to help kill harmful bacteria that may be spread into the air such as the ultraviolet Slant Fin humidifiers that use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria. Also, keep in mind that you should not let water stagnate in them if they are not in use, and your humidifier should be cleaned regularly as well to maintain optimal working efficiency.