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Frequentrly Asked Questions

Why do I need a humidifier?

You may be undecided about whether or not you require a humidifier in your home. If this is the case, here are some of the reasons why you really need one.

Humidity levels of 30-50% are desirable. You can use a hygrometer to determine whether the air in your room is sufficiently wet. If the air is dry, a humidifier is required to raise the moisture levels.

Dry air has various disadvantages. When the air is dry, static electricity accumulates. Static electricity can cause electronics to fail, furniture to break, paint or wallpaper to peel, and wooden flooring to deteriorate.

Dry air also dries out your lips, nose, throat, and skin. This can be painful since cracked lips bleed occasionally, and a dry throat can be irritating. A humidifier will be an invaluable help in overcoming the aforementioned issues.

Humidifiers, in addition to preventing dry air in your home, aid in the relief of cold symptoms. As strange as it may sound, when the humidity levels are perfect, your sinuses operate optimally and mucus flows readily, as opposed to when you have to violently blow it out.

With that out of the way, here are some different types of humidifiers.

What are the types of humidifiers?

Humidifiers are classified based on their size or performance. Here are six different types of humidifiers.

Cool mist humidifiers

Cool mist humidifiers work well in hot regions. This is because they are in charge of releasing cool moisture into the warm air. They have a built-in evaporative mechanism that employs wicks. When used properly, cool mist humidifiers are not only safe but also effective.

However, as compared to other humidifiers, these machines produce far more noise. It is also critical to clean the humidifier and change the wicks on a regular basis for optimal performance.

Warm mist humidifiers

Warm mist humidifiers, as the name implies, produce warm moisture into the air that you can feel and see. Before releasing the moisture, the humidifier has a reservoir where water is heated to steam. This humidifier is affordable and effective for treating colds and flu. When compared to other humidifiers, this one is both inexpensive and silent.

Warm mist humidifiers, on the other hand, are only useful in small spaces. Furthermore, they necessitate frequent cleaning, which is a challenging operation because they are difficult to clean. They can also cause burns and should be kept out of the reach of youngsters.

Ultrasonic humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifiers contain a metal diaphragm that generates water droplets by high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations. Because the vibrations make little noise, these humidifiers are ideal for use with children. They are very affordable, and the filters do not need to be changed on a regular basis.

However, it is critical that you read the buyer's manual that comes with most ultrasonic humidifiers because they work better with distilled or bottled water rather than tap water. When mineral water is used in a humidifier, it may emit white dust that is detrimental to your health.

Evaporative humidifiers

Wick humidifiers are another name for evaporative humidifiers. To draw water from the tank, they utilize cloth, paper, or a wick. Meanwhile, a revolving fan blows this wick across a soaked pad to release moisture into the air. These humidifiers use less energy and run quietly. Furthermore, the wick filters can last for 3-4 months without being changed.

Impeller humidifiers

Impeller humidifiers have a rotating disc that throws water at a comb-shaped diffuser. This diffuser, in turn, splits the water molecules into droplets that appear as fog. The impeller humidifier can cover a big area and is inexpensive.

The only disadvantage is that it must be cleaned after each usage.

What is the Recommended Humidity Level?

You might want to stay warm and only believe your humidifier is working if steam is flowing out of it. That is not at all healthy. You must reduce the humidity in your home to less than 50%.

For the best effects and fewer health hazards, the EPA recommends keeping the humidity in your house between 30% and 50%. The humidity levels in your humidifier can be measured using the built-in humidity measure.

If you have an older humidifier that lacks an in-built measuring feature, you can pick up a hygrometer or Indoor Humidity Monitor for a few dollars from a drugstore. Maintaining the required levels is especially crucial if you have children or use a humidifier in your baby's room.

How to measure humidity level?


The simplest approach to achieve this is to use a hygrometer. They, like thermometers, are affordable and widely available. If you don't have one, you can use these ways to determine whether your home has high or low humidity levels.

Use ice cubes

Place four ice cubes in a glass of water and place them in the room where you want to evaluate humidity. Allow five minutes and avoid walking in and out of the room. If there are water droplets on the outside of the glass, there is too much moisture in the room. If the glass does not change, the air in the room is dry, and a humidifier is required.

Use of hair

Hair grows in length when exposed to moisture, but shrinks and diminishes when exposed to dry air. Hair can be used as a hygrometer to assess how humid your home is. This is how you do it:

Draw an arrow on a piece of paper and cut it out. Make a larger-than-a-pin hole at the end of the arrow to act as a pivot and allow unfettered movement. Make sure the arrow can travel freely by pinning it to cardboard. Then, wrap one end of the hair around the pin and the other around the arrow.

You can experiment by blowing the strand for a 0% reading then spray a moisturizer to achieve a 100% reading. With this observation, you can comfortably establish whether you are in a humid or dry environment.

Depending on the reading you find from these measurements, you may question whether you need a cool or warm mist humidifier. We will guide you on that too.

Should I choose a warm or cool mist humidifier?

Which humidifier to use should be determined by your humidity levels. Furthermore, the climate influences whether to choose the chilly or warm option. Your preference is also important.

Warm mist humidifiers, for example, deliver warm moisture to the air and have been shown to relieve congestion and coughing. They also contain a chamber where medication can be dispensed into the air. Cool mist humidifiers, on the other hand, are appropriate for children, but heated mist humidifiers represent a risk to them. As they strive to satisfy their curiosity, the steam might cause burns.

Second, because warm mist humidifiers emit steam into the air, they are more likely to reduce room temperature than cool mist humidifiers. Cool humidifiers do not raise temperatures; instead, they provide a cooling effect.

Warm mist humidifiers work best in the winter, while cool mist humidifiers work best in the spring and summer. In any case, the two humidifiers will assist you in relaxing during these extreme temperatures.

How does an ultrasonic humidifier work?

Warm and chilly mist can be produced using ultrasonic humidifiers. However, before we get there, let's look at what happens.

  • A regulator valve allows water to flow from the reservoir to the transducer when an electronic signal is provided.
  • The water is vibrating and attempting to keep time. However, due to its weight and mass, this is not practical.
  • Due to the high ultrasonic frequency, this causes the water to erupt into droplets.
  • The water particles are then broken down further to vapor, which is expelled by the available fans.

Some ultrasonic humidifiers have a metal plate designed to generate ultrasonic vibrations. The air bubbles are then released via wick filters.

Despite their powerful nature, all of this activity takes place in a peaceful area. Furthermore, ultrasonic machines are non-hazardous to the environment and can be used with children.


How does a cool-mist humidifier work?

Cool mist humidifiers are divided into two types: evaporative cool mist humidifiers and impeller cool mist humidifiers.

Dry air might pass through the spaces around the back or sides of the cool mist evaporative humidifier. The air is then sent to the saturated filter, where moisture is added. The air is filtered, and all contaminants are removed, while an electric fan distributes clean and pure air.

The cool mist impeller humidifier, on the other hand, is powered by a small electric motor with a fast rotating disc. Water from the spinning disc is sprayed at high speeds into the diffuser, where it is broken down into small microscopic droplets. During operating, the machine is quite silent. They do not require filters and perform best with purified water.

You may be concerned about the appropriate size humidifier for your room. Here is a sizing chart.