Having a humidifier in your house will help improve the quality of air and alleviate problems associated with dry air such as dry skin, sinus headaches, sneezing as well as coughing. To be sure whether you need a humidifier in your house, you will need to use a hygrometer to measure the level of humidity. You will also need to know the type of humidifier you will need in your home depending on the moisture level. The following humidifier reviews will help you know which humidifier will be perfect for your home.
Cool Mist Evaporative Humidifiers
This is a very popular humidifier which adds moisture in the air using natural evaporation. Its features include:
A wick filter that sits in the base of the humidifier. It is used for absorbing water and also trapping impurities that may be available in the water. This ensures that the moisturized air is totally clean and pure without any impurities.
A fan which is used for blowing dry air in the room via the saturated wick filter. This makes the water that is available in the filter to evaporate in the room and as a result adding moisture to the air in the room.
The cool mist evaporative humidifiers have a number of advantages. First, the wick filter makes sure that there is a free as well as mineral free output of moisture. This type of humidifier also consumes less power and its fans are powerful enough to occupy a wider area with only one humidifier.
On the downside, the cool mist evaporative humidifiers’ fans are noisier compared to the other types of humidifiers. The wick filters have to be replaced frequently for the humidifier to work efficiently – usually after every two months. The wick filter can also be infested with bacteria and mold, but this can be prevented by using additives.
A good cool mist evaporative humidifier will cost you about $45 to $60.
Warm mist humidifiers
These humidifiers have a heating element that boils the water in them and then releases that water into the air as warm steam. They are suitable for people who live in cold climates. They make a house feel warmer than its actual temperature. The following are their features:
A heating element that is used for boiling water into pure steam. The steam is then let out into the air without any minerals or impurities.
Mineral absorption pads which are optional and they help to absorb mineral deposits so that they cannot get stuck to the humidifier.
The advantages of the warm mist humidifiers include: quiet operation since they do not have fans. These humidifiers do not have wick filters to replace and therefore they are not costly. You can get them for as low as $30. The moisture output is pure as well as mineral-free. Some models of the warm mist humidifiers usually have a medicine cup which is used for dispersing soothing vapors in the house.
There disadvantages include higher power consumption as a result of the heating element using more electricity. These humidifiers also pose a burn risk especially for small children if it happens that the humidifier is tipped over accidentally. Most of them are also suitable for small rooms.
So when you go shopping for a humidifier, these humidifier reviews should guide you. The most important factors you will need to put in mind include the type of humidifier and also the size of your room. Whichever humidifier you get, you will need to make sure that you clean it regularly to prevent fungi, bacteria, mildew and mold from growing on it.