Humidifier Tips

February 26, 2010 2 min read

Why use a humidifier?

Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve the physical discomforts of nasal congestion, dry nose, throat, lips, and skin. The moisture humidifiers add to dry air also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture. It is best to keep the humidity level at about 30-50 percent of relative humidity.

Installing a humidifier in a baby's room is practically a rite of passage for parents. When your baby has a cold, one of the best things you can do help a congested child breathe easier is to make the air moist by using a humidifier.

If you live in a part of the country where the air is very dry during winter, you might consider running a humidifier at night when your child isn't sick to keep nasal passages from becoming dry. Just be sure that the room door is slightly open so that mist generated from the humidifier does not condense on the windows, pictures or walls.

What is the difference between cool mist and warm mist?

There are only a few differences between warm and cool mist humidifiers and the type that is better for you depends on which type is recommended by your physician, or which type helps you breathe better.

  • Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers produces cool mist. A cool mist is generated by a thin film of water is passed over a rapidly vibrating transducer. The vibration breaks the water up into tiny droplets and propels them out into the air, increasing the humidity level with very little noise.
  • Warm mist humidifiers produce a warm vapor by boiling the water in the humidifier which causes a distilled steam to be expelled into the room. This steam is like a gentle spray of warm water, as opposed to a vapor. The steam is concentrated in the area closest to the humidifier

What is the proper amount of mist?

Adjust the mist control so that the mist rises up and gets absorbed by the room air. Do not turn on too high an output as the mist cannot be absorbed by the air and accumulates on the surface around the humidifier.

If the humidifier is placed near a fan or air conditioning outlet the mist may be forced down by the foreign air stream. Change the location of the humidifier or reduce the output of the other room conditioning appliances.