Cool Mist Humidifier Vs. Warm Mist Humidifier. Which is Best for your Family?
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Cool Mist Humidifier Vs. Warm Mist Humidifier. Which is Best for your Family?

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        Cool Mist Humidifier Vs. Warm Mist Humidifier. Which is Best for your Family?
A humidifier is an electronic appliance that adds moisture to the atmosphere, thereby preventing dryness that mainly results in irritation on various parts of the body. They can be used during the treatment of dry skins, throats and lips as well as suppressing some of the symptoms resulting from common cold and flu.
Humidifiers can be used at homes in single rooms or in the steaming of the whole building when connected to the house’s HVAC system. There are two types of technologies used in the production of humidifiers; warm mist and cool mist humidifiers. These humidifiers perform similar duties, and the main difference is in the process and the preference by other people or the environment. The following are some of the similarities and differences between the two technologies.

Warm Mist Humidifier
A warm mist humidifier is a humidifier that uses a heating device to boil water and, in the process, making steam. During this process, the room’s air is warmed in a slight but recognizable process.
Due to the heat produced, this type of humidifier should be placed where children and pets can’t reach. Warm mist humidifiers are also preferred because they can reduce the growth of germs and bacteria and that they can attain more moisture intensity levels. By using them together with other medicated products, they can be used as relief for cough. (htt8).
  1. They can reduce bacteria and germs on surfaces.
  2. They produce less noise as compared to cool mist humidifiers.
  3. Warm mist humidifiers can cool the winter air.
  1. The hot steam from the heating elements can pose a safety risk to pets and young kids.
  2. Warm mist humidifiers have higher energy consumption as compared to cool mist humidifiers.

Examples of warm mist humidifiers
There are various examples of warm mist humidifiers;
Vicks warm mist humidifier
Vicks warm mist humidifier is a 1.0-pound humidifier measuring 12.8 inches (H) x 6.38 Inches (W) x 10.63 Inches (D). The humidifier works through a vapostream that enables it to release medicated steam that acts as a relief for coughs. It also has a large tank opening that makes it easy for filling and cleaning. The humidifier has an auto-shut feature that shuts off the humidifier when its tank is empty. It also has a one-gallon tank that makes it possible for the humidifier to run for up to 24hours. Vicks warm mist humidifier is designed for use in both medium and large rooms.

Honeywell warm mist humidifier
Honeywell warm mist humidifier is a filter-free and noiseless device with warm and visible mist that is 95% bacteria-free. It has a wide tank opening for easy cleaning and refilling with two moisture release settings. It has a refill light that illuminates when there is a need for filling and an auto-shut feature when the tank is empty. It has an essential oil feature for adding essential oils and is suitable for medium-sized rooms. The humidifier can run for 24hours before refilling and has a 3-year warranty.

Holmes warm mist humidifier
This humidifier has a 120hour runtime and is suitable for a large room. It has antimicrobial protection with adjustable mist levels. It also has a comfortable grip handle that aids in the filling and transportation of the water tank and a night light that can be used during the night. It is also energy efficient and filter-free with a 12-hour timer.

Cool mist humidifier
Cool mist humidifiers are the most favorable humidifiers in families involving babies and young kids. This is because they pose no safety risk. This type of humidifier use fans to vaporize water into the atmosphere, thereby causing a chilling effect inside the room. This characteristic has made them the most suitable kind of humidifiers that can be used during all seasons. (htt8).
An Evaporative humidifier uses a fan to take in air through wick filters and then freeing the vapor into the atmosphere. Molds can rarely grow in the room since this type of humidification technology does not over-condense the room’s floors and surfaces. The wick filters have to be replaced regularly so that bacterial growth can be prevented within the device. (htt8).
Ultrasonic humidifiers have a speed vibrating plate that turns water into fine mist within them. Due to their smaller fans and no water bubbling, this kind of humidifier is the most preferred in the cool mist humidifier category. In this type of cool mist humidifiers, cleaning is also a relatively simple task since it only involves the rinsing of the tank and its internals. However, ultrasonic humidifiers have to be kept above the ground so that water spoilage can be minimized.
  1. They are the most suitable type of humidifiers to use in environments involving kids and pets.
  2. Cool mist humidifiers are suitable for all year use regardless of the season or weather.
  3. They use less energy as compared to warm mist humidifiers, and they are therefore more energy efficient.
  1. Cool mist humidifiers facilitate bacterial growth within them.
  2. The fan technology used in cool mist humidifiers is louder compared to the ones in warm mist humidifiers.

Examples of cool mist humidifiers are;
Crane drop ultrasonic cool mist humidifier
The crane drop ultrasonic cool mist humidifier has variable speed settings with a 360-degree mist lid, and it can therefore send vapor to any direction in a room of up to 500 square feet. This appliance is also suitable for light sleepers since it is whisper quiet. It has a one-gallon tank that gives it a running time of up to 24hours before another refill. The device features a detachable base fill tank and therefore easy to clean.

Honeywell hcm350w germ-free cool mist humidifier 
Honeywell hcm350w germ-free cool mist humidifier is a 1.1 break-resistant gallon tank humidifier that uses HAC-504 series as its replacements for filter A. it has a 24hours running time capacity producing invisible cool moisture for a medium-sized room. It has a self-regulatory evaporative system with a large recessed tank handle. Its tank and tray are dishwasher safe. It is up to 25% quieter as compared to similar evaporative humidifiers. It also has three-speed settings and a broad tank opening for easy cleaning, filling and carrying purposes.

Vicks cool mist humidifier 
Vicks cool mist humidifier is a filter-free humidifier with a 1.2-gallon tank and can offer up to 33 hours of vaporization. It is suitable for babies, kids and adults and offers relief for coughs and congestion. It is ideal for desks, bedrooms and tables and other medium-sized rooms. It has an auto-shut feature for when the water level is low and measures 12 Inches (L) x 9.5 Inches (W) x 8.5 Inches (H).
Pure enrichment mistaire ultrasonic cool mist humidifier
This appliance is built with the latest technology in cool ultrasonic mist, and it can harmlessly vaporize the air up to 16hours. It has a 1.5 liter water tank that makes it only ideal for bedrooms and medium-sized spaces. It has an automatic shut-off feature that turns off the humidifier when the water level is low and an optional night light with a pacifying glow for utmost relaxation.

Both types of humidifiers are efficient in adding vapor to the air in a home. Therefore, they are both essential items that help reduce the discomfort resulting from respiratory and sinus that is associated with coughs, colds and other types of illnesses. If there are children involved, the best option is the cool mist humidifier option since it poses no risks to both babies and pets. An important note, however, is that warm mist options are suitable and more effective in reducing bacterial and germs growth.
If one cannot decide on what is the best option, then there is a choice of purchasing a humidifier that supports both the cool mist and warm mist options. An excellent example is the GH Lab- favorite Levoit Ultrasonic Humidifier.
It is important to note that no matter the type of humidifier chosen; one should not overuse the appliance and should always regulate the production of the humidifier. When one sets high humidity levels, it supports the growth of harmful molds and bacteria to grow in the room, which can result in new problems for the families involved.


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