If you are feeling that the air in your home is too dry, and it is beginning to cause you discomfort, then it might be time to consider acquiring the best humidifier for your home. This useful appliance is used to put moisture into the air in your home, thus improving the quality of the air. If the quality of your air is better, the quality of your health and life can improve.
Living in a home with very dry air can cause many different symptoms, and affect different people in different ways. However, there are some common symptoms associated with dry air. They include a cough, bouts of sneezing, a sore throat, and sore or infected sinuses that can lead to headaches. Or, you might experience dry eyes, dry skin, or dry and cracking lips that can become painful. But, the dry air does not only affect your health. It can also affect your possessions. Wood furnishing can dry out just as much as your skin can, which can lead to cracking of the wood and damage to your furniture. Having an appliance that can generate moisture for the air can help to minimize or eliminate these symptoms, which can improve your quality of life, not to mention protecting your furnishings.
While having dry air can be hard on you, there are also risks if the air is too moist. The level of moisture in the air, measured as the humidity, is generally considered optimal when it is between 25% and 55%. Anything above 55% can put you into the danger zone where dust mites, mold and bacteria can grow. Any of these situations can be hazardous to your health.
In order to select the right appliance for your home, you first must understand the various options available. At first blush, there are two primary decision points to consider. The first is whether you want a system for a single room or one that can handle a larger area. The second is whether you desire the moisture you add to the air to be warm or cool.
A cool mist generating unit that works using the principles of evaporation is the most frequently used type of system. The design is actually quite simple. A filter, known as the wicking filter, is saturated with water and placed inside the unit. A fan blowing air past the filter causes evaporation of the water into the air, thus creating a higher level of humidity in the room. The good thing about this cool mist evaporative unit is that it uses very little electricity to operate, and yet the fan is strong enough that you can cover more than one room with a single unit. However, you pay a price for the power of the fan, in that it can be a noisy unit, which can be distracting in a home environment.
If the idea of putting cool mist into the air does not appeal to you, there is an option that does just the opposite and puts warm mist into the air. A heating element in the unit brings the water to a boil, thus generating steam that is released into the air. If you live in a colder climate this might be a good choice as the steam generated makes the room feel warmer. Because there is no fan involved with this type of system you do not have the noise that the cool mist units generate, but you also do not have the room coverage. A warm mist unit will usually only cover a single room, and can be more expensive to operate due to the greater energy usage to boil the water.
If you are looking for the best of both worlds, or can’t decide which type of unit would be best, then you should consider the ultrasonic type of system. The concept behind it is that sound waves of a high frequency cause the inner workings of the system to vibrate enough to reduce the water to a mist that is dispersed into the air. An ultrasonic unit can generate cool or warm mist, which would allow you the flexibility to use whichever is most appropriate for the room, time of year, or any other criteria that you choose. Other advantages of the ultrasonic unit are that it is quiet and uses little electricity to operate. Like with the warm mist style, there is not a fan to disperse the moisture, so this type of unit is best suited to single rooms or smaller spaces.
If you have decided that a humidifier is the right solution to improve the quality of the air in your home, and thus the quality of your life, it is then a matter of deciding which type of unit best meets your needs. Now that you know the basics of the types of units, you know that you will need to make a room size coverage decision and a mist temperature decision. Having those two pieces of information will allow you to shop for the right solution for your home and health needs.