Humidifiers can help provide relief in your home from sinus-related pressures, headaches, or infections.A quiet humidifier in a bedroom at night or a baby's nursery can maintain humid air for an easier, healthier sleep.Here are a few things to consider as you shop for the most suitable humidifier for your home:
- Portable or installed- This is certainly a time when bigger isn't better! Whole house humidifiers are built into some furnaces and can have a host of problems with mold if they are not cleaned regularly. Some furnace units provide a combination of air cleaner and humidifier, but they tend to be overpriced and poor quality.Go portable, and separate you your needs, keeping air conditioning to a separate machine from the humidifier.
- Warm or Cool Air- There is little therapeutic difference between warm and cool mist humidifiers. The rule tends to be that people in warmer climates prefer cool mist to keep down the temperature, and people in colder climates prefer warm mist so that the air doesn't feel clammy.
Features to look for:
- Easy maintenance. Find out how much cleaning the humidifier requires and how often cleaning is required. Prevent bacteria and mold before it starts.
- Mineral dust. Some cheaper humidifiers may disperse mineral dust and this can cause respiratory issues.
- Humidistat. Having a built in humidistat helps regulate the humidity of a room. An overly humid room can cause dust mites and even mold problems. Set humidity level to 30%-45% for best performance. This also helps you water tank to last longer.
- Automatic shut-off. This feature allows the unit to automatically shut off when the water runs out. Continually running humidifiers without water in the tanks can become a safety issue.