With so many types of humidifiers, it is easy to find one to fit your specific health needs. Do you have children, allergies or live in a cold climate? There is likely a humidifier designed with you in mind. Room humidifiers add moisture to the air, which can help to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Additionally, they can help provide relief from a multitude of other health problems including dry skin and allergies. Our top three picks for the best humidifiers are the Air-O-Swiss 7135, the Sunpentown-4010 and the Crane Germ Defense EE-8065. To learn more, you can read our articles on humidifiers.
The latest humidifiers offer a wide variety of features including timers and LCD display screens. The most impressive units offer long running times, large humidification areas and humidistats to measure the amount of moisture in the air. Keep in mind you will pay extra for more features so do not buy humidifiers with functionality you are not going to use.
Consider humidity output when purchasing a humidifier. Most manufacturers display the humidity output in gallons of water expelled every 24 hours. You can find humidifiers with a mist output as high as three gallons per 24 hours.
The size of the room you plan to use the unit in is also a key factor to consider. Many units can humidify areas up to 600 square feet in size. If you are using it in a baby's nursery or a small bedroom, consider purchasing a unit that has a smaller humidification area.
There are two types of humidifiers: ultrasonic and evaporative. Both are effective in humidifying the air. Ultrasonic units operate by using vibrations to pulverize water into a fine mist that is dispersed into the air. This process can cause water with a high mineral content to produce a fine white dust that accumulates on furniture, blinds and flooring. If you purchase an ultrasonic humidifier, look for units that have demineralization cartridges that remove impurities from your water to prevent this.
Evaporative coolers operate by moving air through a wick that is sitting in water. A wick consists of a porous material that absorbs water from the reservoir, providing a larger surface area for the water to evaporate more efficiently.
Many humidifiers offer both cold and warm mist output. For safety, always use cool-mist humidification if you have children or infants in your home. Warm steam can burn children if they get too close. If you are sick or have allergies, consider using warm mist because the heat will help kill the germs and allergens that thrive in moist environments.
The best humidifiers have built-in hygrostats or humidistats that measure the amount of moisture in the air. This way you can dial in the exact humidity level you want in the rooms instead of guessing the unit’s humidity output.
Look for units that have an automatic shut-off feature to protect the motor from overheating if the tank runs out of water. Additionally, this safety feature lowers the risk of electrical fires.
Given their lightweight design, room humidifiers are easy to carry and lift from room to room. Most tanks have built-in handles that are easy to grip when they are wet. Look for humidifiers with transparent reservoirs so you can see when they need more water.
Help & Support
All of the humidifiers we reviewed come with at least a one-year warranty. The best manufactures will back their products for even longer. Look for companies that offer a toll-free number so that you can reach a live agent for assistance.
Humidifiers provide relief to a multitude of ailments and if you are sick, you will appreciate the comfort that moist air brings to your lungs. These inexpensive and versatile machines will let you and your loves ones breathe easier.
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