Humidifiers are a great way to keep your air moist and comfortable. They are used to add moisture to the air, which can help with respiratory problems, allergies, dry skin, and mucous membranes caused by colds or flu. There are many different types of humidifiers for home use. In this article, we are discussing different types and how they work.
Types of humidifiers
Humidifiers are frequently divided into two categories: console and portable/personal.
Console Humidifier: Used to add moisture to the entire house. They’re normally quite enormous, but they usually have wheels so you can move them about easily. Console units are designed to add moisture to a specific area.
Personal/portable humidifiers: They are the tiniest and best option if you require a humidifier while traveling.
There are many types of humidifiers available for home use today. Below is a list of some of the most common types:
Warm Mist Humidifiers
This type of humidifier releases warm water vapor into the air. Warm mist humidifiers employ a heating element to boil water and create steam, warming the air in the room somewhat (but visibly).
It’s important to keep these out of the reach of youngsters and pets due to the heat.
Warm mist humidifiers are more effective in reducing bacteria and germs while also providing higher levels of moisture saturation. They can also be combined with some medicinal products to help alleviate coughing.
Warm mist humidifiers are quieter than cool mist humidifiers since they do not have an internal fan. Warm mist humidifiers, on the other hand, may use more energy, and their heating element can be dangerous if you have young children or animals around. In extreme cases of eczema, the heat can also worsen symptoms.
Cool Mist Humidifiers
This type of humidifier releases cold water vapor into the air.
Because there is no risk of burns, cool mist humidifiers are usually the safest humidifiers for newborns and small children.
They usually employ a fan to evaporate the water into the air, which can make the room feel cooler. This makes them ideal for year-round use, as you wouldn’t want a warm mist in the already humid and hot summer months, but bear in mind that this fan can be rather noisy.
Cool mist humidifiers, while easy to clean, have the disadvantage of allowing bacteria to develop more easily if not properly maintained. To avoid bacteria and mold formation, make sure to clean your humidifier on a regular basis.
Ultrasonic and Evaporative technologies can be used to create cool mist in a variety of ways.
Ultrasonic Humidifier: This type of humidifier uses ultrasonic waves to break up water molecules and turn them into the mist. It uses a high-efficiency technology that releases tiny water droplets into the air, which evaporate into water vapor and humidify the environment. Traditional humidifiers evaporate the water inside the device using heat or other ways, then discharge the vapor into the air.
Traditional evaporative humidifiers are also noisier and require less maintenance than ultrasonic humidifiers. There’s no need to replace filters or wicks with ultrasonic devices, and there’s no chance of steam burns. Ultrasonic humidifiers use less electricity because they don’t operate to turn water into mist.
Evaporative Humidifiers: Evaporative humidifiers have been around for a long time and are the most prevalent type of humidifier.
To relieve dryness, place a pot or jar of water in the room and allow the moisture to naturally evaporate into the air.
Evaporative humidifiers function on the same concept as traditional humidifiers, but they use a fan to speed up the evaporation of water and enhance humidity in a room.
The humidifier’s built-in fan sucks in air, which passes through a moist wick filter at the bottom. To enhance humidity, the water evaporates into vapor and is sent out as a water mist or spray into the air.
So, which is preferable: a Warm mist humidifier or a Cold mist humidifier?
Both warm and cool mist humidifiers add moisture to the air in your house, and they can help relieve respiratory and sinus pain caused by colds, coughs, and other ailments.
If you have children, Please use the cool mist option, which provides no risk of burns to babies or curious dogs. Warm mist options, on the other hand, are more successful at reducing bacteria and germs.
An affordable hygrometer will display the relative humidity in your home if you’re interested in tracking it. It’s possible that you’ll be astonished by how low it is!
SAMMY MWANGI the editor of Autohomegadgets.com. He is an Electronics Technician enthusiast and a Sales Manager in one of the leading ICT companies in Africa. When he is not working, he loves to travel and explore nature. He is a Robot fanatic too.