During fall or winter, there are only two words to describe the weather – cold and dry. If you’ve ever experienced going through the entire season before, you’ll agree that the conditions are neither healthy nor comfortable. Your lips get dry, your skin gets flaky and you have to nearly drown yourself in lotion and moisturizer. There’s an easy way to make dry conditions more comfortable for you and your household – with a humidifier.
What’s a Humidifier?
It’s basically a small household appliance that balances the humidity in the air by releasing moisture in the form of water vapor. The smallest portable humidifiers typically use a wick mechanism where there’s an absorbent material soaked in water which releases the moisture into the surrounding air to achieve equilibrium. There are also larger units for the whole house, humidifiers that can manage your whole house.
Different Kinds of Humidifiers
Aside from the usual wick-type room humidifiers, you’ll also find ultrasonic, cool mist and warm mist humidifiers widely available on the market today. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages that you may want to consider if you’re planning to buy a unit for your home.
Cool mist and ultrasonic humidifiers work similarly in that they both ‘throw’ water into the air to increase humidity. A rotating disk flings water at a diffuse in a cool mist dehumidifier to disperse the water molecules into the air. Ultrasonic dehumidifiers use a metal diaphragm that vibrates rapidly to shake the water droplets up into finer particles and create a cool fog.
Vaporizer or warm mist humidifiers, on the other hand, have a reservoir of water. The water is gradually boiled to create steam which is then released into the air. Warm mist humidifiers are generally seen as the ‘healthier’ option because, unlike ultrasonic and cool mist humidifiers, they don’t just release water into the air. The boiling process gets rid of the microorganisms and foreign particles that might be present in the water.
The Health of Benefits from Humidifiers
Although comfort is the most obvious advantage of a humidifier, you’re actually getting a lot of health benefits along with it. Your body wasn’t designed to thrive in dry environments, and your skin reacts negatively to conditions that aren’t humid enough. Better, younger-looking skin is the first thing you’ll notice after you install a humidifier in your home.
Dust particles are likelier to float around and circulate when conditions are dry. That means it’s easier for the dust particles to get inhaled or to stick to skin where they could trigger dangerous allergic reactions. When there’s an ample amount of moisture in the air, dust particles tend to get bogged down and safely clump from the floor where they can’t cause allergies.
Add all that to the less static electricity and the better indoor conditions in your home. With all those benefits, it’s undeniable that a humidifier will definitely be a good investment for your home. Whether you’re getting the smallest room humidifier or an extra-large whole house humidifier , it’s a purchase that your whole household will be thankful for.