All There is to Know about Humidifiers

All There is to Know about Humidifiers

Introduction  |  What is a humidifier?  |  Types  |  Why even bother getting a humidifier?  |  Benefits  |  Risks  |  Takeaway

Introduction

Humidifiers are very useful devices that can bring a lot of benefits to your life, including silky skin and boosted immune system but only if you care for them properly and don't overuse them. In the next lines, we'll look just into that.

What is a humidifier?

Explained simply, a humidifier is a device that brings up the humidity of the room where it is placed, preventing dryness and therefore irritation of the body. They vary widely in size and type but all of them have the same goal: helping you breathe freely and look great!

Types

Humidifiers are classified in two ways: by size and by the method they use to produce mist. We'll break down each of them so you can be prepared when it comes down to deciding which one will suite your particular needs in the best possible way.

Size

Generally speaking, we can divide humidifiers by size into just two categories: console and portable.

Console humidifiers

Console humidifiers are large and heavy machines intended for whole-house humidification. They typically cost way more than the portable ones but have a lot more useful features like auto-detecting humidity levels and adjustable mist settings. If you live in a very cold area and your house is dehumidified all year long, this may be just the right pick for you.

Portable (personal) humidifiers

These little devices sit on the other end of the spectrum. Built for one-room humidification, they can be a great option for homes that need just a little bit of additional moisture in the air. Additionally, they are the perfect choice for people who travel a lot and want to always have properly humidified air.

Although those devices usually don't have as many features as the console ones, they cost far less and, depending on the model, can make a great addition to your home decor as well!  

Method

We can distinguish between 5 general types, when it comes down to the method of humidification:

  • Central
  • Ultrasonic
  • Evaporators
  • Steam
  • Impeller

Central

These are the most expensive, but also the safest and most useful type of humidifier out there. They're built directly into your home's air conditioning or air unit. If you are moving houses or thinking about an overhaul, maybe it's not a bad idea to consider this option.

Ultrasonic

As the name suggests, this type of humidifier uses ultrasonic vibrations to produce mist. They vary widely in price, depending on the size and brand, but you are most likely to find a good one for a reasonable sum. Both cool and warm mist versions are available, with the cool ones being the perfect fit for those with kids, as they're generally safer.

Evaporators

Evaporators use fans to generate power and blow moisture through a filter. While they're more affordable than central humidifiers, there are some downsides associated. They can run only in one room at a time and oftentimes emit too much moisture which can cause problems for people with certain conditions. 

Steam

Steam diffusers use a very simple mechanism: they heat the water using electricity and then cool it down before expelling it into the air. This is the most budget-friendly option out there, so it's great for those who just want to test the impact that a humidifier will have on them.

However, you should be careful with this type, especially if you have kids around, as it can cause burns if not used with caution.

Impeller

Using a slightly different mechanism than the other types, the impeller humidifiers work with the help of disks, rotating at very high speeds. They're kid-safe, as they emit cool mist and are a good choice for one-room humidification.

Why even bother getting one?

Already overwhelmed by all of the different types and uses? Stay with us for just a little bit more: the most interesting part is coming next!

Controlling humidity levels is essential for everyone who cares about their well-being. There is an array of benefits that we'll cover in just a second, but there are also a lot of dangers associated with not getting one, including:

  • dry skin, hair and eyes
  • irritation
  • fatigue
  • weak immune system
  • poor sleep
  • fainting

There are even more, but you get the overall idea: humidity levels are not something to neglect for sure!

 

Benefits

It's time for the fun part! Let's talk about all of the benefits that humidifiers can bring to your life:

  • silky skin
  • gorgeous hair
  • boosted immunity 
  • alleviated snoring
  • relieved congestion
  • enhances sleep quality

If this isn't enough for you, think about your little friends! Your pets and especially your plants will likely benefit greatly from increased humidity levels, making them adore you even more!

Risks

While low humidification is bad, too much of it can be even worse. It's very important to not over-use humidifiers, especially if the area where you live isn't a very cold or dry one.

Additionally, it's very important to clean the devices often, because you breathe what comes through these filters. Some of the possible risks include:

  • Burns
  • Coughs and colds
  • Growth of mold

Always consult with a healthcare professional before deciding on getting a humidifier.

If you already have a condition like asthma or an allergy, pay extra care to clean the humidifier.

Don't allow kids close to heat-producing devices, or this can lead to burns.

Takeaway

Humidifiers are wonderful devices that can improve your life quality and well-being substantially. They have a wide range of benefits, but it's essential to monitor how often you need them on, as well as to keep them clean at all times.

If you're interested in a budget-friendly option that can work as a small-room humidifier, as well as a unique piece of decoration, we invite you to check out the Humbliss Volcano Aroma Diffuser. 

 

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