Humidifiers are the ideal appliance for any home that wants to increase moisture or humidity in the air. By increasing the level of humidity, it reduces the staleness in the air or room, and inhalants can be added to the water to create a fine mist of vapour that leaves a pleasant scent. Humidifiers are used for homes that have a lack of moisture in certain rooms and to clear any micro-organisms and mineral impurities that cool mist items tend to release.
With a wide range of units to choose from, whether it's a steam vaporiser, and impeller, evaporative, forced-air or connected to the HVAC system, you can be assured of healthier, cleaner and more moisture in the air so you can breathe more easily, have a more comfortable home and live in harmony without dry, stale air that can cause skin or respiratory problems.
The most common type of humidifier uses a wick, a reservoir and a fan to heat the water up and spray it in a fine mist around the room. There is a sensor control that shuts the system off as the relative humidity rises, to regulate how often and how much moisture to output. There are other types of humidifiers, such as the ultrasonic, warm mist or impeller versions. Each one has slightly different ways to spray the mist around the room or house.
The ultrasonic version creates a high frequency oscillation within the reservoir which shakes the water into being sprayed around the room. The particles are so fine that you will hardly notice it and the unit itself is very quiet. Each unit needs to be regularly cleaned to stop mould or pathogens from forming, but during monthly use you can expect to only have to clean it once per month. This will make sure that if you're in a hard water area that the mineral deposits are cleaned away, though of course, to counteract this you can use distilled water.
Warm mist units produces steam after the water is heated. This kills bacteria and reduces the airborne particles and dust that causes respiratory problems. There are many uses for a warm mist unit, such as for those with asthma, hay-fever or other allergies as it cleanses the air making it easier to breathe. Medical inhalants can be added to the water to relieve chesty coughs and makes the room have a minty scent or whatever scent you use. As the mist is so fine, it offers a subtle change to the room and it be change the feel very quickly. As the humidity increases, the unit will automatically shut down and restart as the moisture level in the air drops.
There is very little maintenance required for running a humidifier on a daily basis. In order to keep it running its peak performance, simply clean it regularly and ensure that there is enough water in the reservoir to stop any overheating. As many units self-regulate the amount of moisture in the air, there is no need to adjust anything as they are simply plug and play. Therefore, if you live in a low humidity area and have a home that has less than 30% humidity, which can cause excessive thirst and dry skin, you should think about investing in a humidifier for your home.