Something you need to know before buying a humidifer
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By Lauren Quan | 16 November 2020 | 0 Comments

Something you need to know before buying a humidifer

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A humidifier is an important home appliance that helps in keeping you healthy. If during the winter you struggle with dry skin, dry chapped lips, blocked sinuses, static electricity, common colds, or breathing problems, then you should get yourself a humidifier.  During winter, the cold air cannot enough humid as warm air, thus causing the discomfort and health issues. To keep the air in your house humid, you need a humidifier.
 
The humidifier therapy adds mist to the air to prevent dryness thus reducing the effects of dry air on people. However, you should use the humidifier moderately, as excessive use of the humidifier causes the growth of mold and mildew which brings about other health issues. There are different types of humidifiers. Your choice is dependent on the functionality, controls, size among other factors. Here are different types of humidifiers:
Types of Humidifiers
1. Cool Mist Humidifiers
The cool mist humidifiers are the most popular humidifiers in the market. They utilize a filter to trap the impurities and minerals. It then releases cool and invisible mist into the air. With this humidifier, you will not have to worry about the suffering from dry air, bacterial contamination, dust, and noise. Cool mist humidifiers are easy to clean, safe for pets and they are cost effective.
Pros
  • It releases cool vapor which is safe for children and pets
  • It is easy to clean
  • Requires little maintenance
  • It filters out waterborne impurities
  • The humidifiers allow you to add inhalants, making them good for cold and flu sufferers
  • It is cost effective
  • It is safe and instrumental for people who suffer asthma and allergy
Cons
  • If not used appropriately it can result into bacterial contamination
  • Mineral dust may accumulate from water filtration
  • Produces a little operating noise
2. Ultrasonic Humidifiers
Ultrasonic humidifiers utilize a metal diaphragm that vibrates using ultrasonic frequency. It forms water droplets that are let into the fan for distribution into the room. The ultrasonic humidifiers are versatile, with both warm and cool mist options. These types of humidifiers come in different sizes and are easy to maintain.
Pros:
  • It is highly energy efficient
  • Produces minimal operating noise
  • It does not overheat so no risk for burn accidents
  • It is easy to clean with little maintenance needed
  • It is suitable and favorable for asthma and allergy sufferers
Cons:
  • If not used appropriately bacterial contamination can occur
  • It can accumulate dust and minerals
  • Quite pricier compared to other types
3.Evaporative Humidifiers
The evaporative humidifiers release the mist through the moistened filter. The mist is then released to the air by the fan through a single unit system. It emits cool mist only and the wick supplies the mist to the fan.
The evaporator humidifiers are among the cheapest humidifiers capable of working on one room at a time. In addition, if you suffer allergies or asthma, evaporative humidifiers are not the best option.
Pros
  • The surfaces of the humidifier do not overheat, so no burn accidents
  • It is safe for pets and children around the house
  • It is affordable
  • It easy cleaning
  • It is a low maintenance humidifier
  • It is self-regulating
Cons
  • The system fan produces operating noise
  • It can cause bacterial contamination if not handled as per the instructions
  • Prone to mineral dust accumulation
4.Warm Mist Humidifiers
The warm mist humidifiers produce warm mist which is used keep the air inside the house warm. It helps in keeping common colds and flu especially in the cold winters. Compared to other types of humidifiers, the warm mist humidifiers are pretty much affordable.
Pros
  • Lower instances of bacterial contamination
  • Little mineral dust accumulation
  • You can add inhalants to ease colds and flu
  • It produces minimal operating noise
Cons
  • It heavily consumes energy
  • Its surfaces can overheat exposing you to burn risk
  • Compared to other humidifiers this one is harder to clean
  • Not safe for use near pets and children
5.Central Humidifiers
The central humidifiers are different from other types of humidifiers. They are built directly into your air conditioning or the heating system. Compared to other types of humidifiers, the central humidifiers are expensive. They are highly effective in adding humidity in the entire house, rather than room by room like other humidifiers.

What Are the Benefits of a Humidifier?
1.Your Body and Skin Are Moisturized
For many people the effect of dry air is dry irritated skin and chapped lips.  The humidifier produces mist that will keep the humidity in the room at the optimum, thus keeping your body hydrated.
2.Relaxes the Sinuses
Dry air is one of the reasons why you experience irritated and dry sinus passage. Dry sinuses are uncomfortable, can cause headaches, bloody noses, and sinus pressure. A lot of people tend to believe a runny stuffy nose is caused by humidity in the air. However, it is caused by dry air. Enough humidity in the air can help to clear out the sinuses.
3. It Reduces Snoring
Low humidity in the air is one the reasons why people snore. Dry air causes irritation of the throat causing it to swell and nose congestion. The situation causes restriction of easy movement of air in the nose. You start breathing through the mouth which cause you to snore.
4. The House Plants Benefit
You are not the only one benefiting from enough humidity in the air, but also your house plants. Low humidity in the air affects the health of the plant, the leaves may start to fall off, stunted growth, and dry tips of the leaves. A humidifier will not only help in keeping you healthy, your plants will thrive as well.
5. It Helps in Easing Symptoms of Illness
If you have common colds or flu, a humidifier can help in reducing the symptoms. It can improve breathing, ease stiffed nose, and dry irritated throat. In addition, a humidifier can help in regulation temperatures. During cold days, you can have a warm mist humidifier to help in keeping the room warm. If it’s too hot, you can use the cool mist to lower the indoor temperature.

How to Clean a Humidifier?
Cleaning your humidifier is easy, provided that you follow instructions. Cleaning the humidifier regularly will help keep the mist it produces clean and safe for breathing.

When cleaning, unplug the humidifier from the power source and empty out all the water. If the water stays for too long it results in the growth of mold and accumulation of bacteria. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer to avoid damaging the humidifier.

Once, you have emptied the water tank, add a cup of water mixed with soap and vinegar and leave it for at least one hour. Vinegar helps to loosen up the dirt and grime on the tank. Clean both the internal and the external parts of the humidifier for at least 15 minutes. Remember to clean other parts of the humidifier such as the funnel and other parts. Rinse the humidifier with clean water and refill it with clean distilled water. Always remember to clean the water tank at least once a week to ensure the mist is clean and germ-free. To keep your humidifier in proper working condition, use distilled water instead of hard tap water.  Tap water may contain impurities such as minerals which cause a build-up in the humidifier, thus shortening its lifespan. In addition, when the minerals are let into the air, they might cause health complications when you inhale them.

Conclusion
You cannot underestimate the importance of a humidifier in keeping you healthy. Dry air has a lot of negative effects that cause discomfort. If you struggle with dry irritated skin, dry chapped lips, blocked sinuses, common colds, and flu, it could be as a result of dry air. Adding a good humidifier to you home will help to relieve these symptoms and prevent them altogether.
 

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