Choosing the best home humidifier for your family requires a bit of thinking ahead because this machine has the potential to change your home’s environment and thus will affect your health. It is best to learn more about humidifiers in general and to decide what you exactly need before purchasing one.
There are basically two types of humidifiers- the cool mist humidifier and the warm-mist humidifier. As their names imply, the former produces cooled water particles in the air while the latter produces warm water particles. These two types exist to compensate for the temperature and humidity levels of a certain location. Depending on where you live, you will find that one type of humidifier is better than the other for use wherever you are. Let’s take a closer look at the two types of humidifiers and other things you should consider before buying one for your home.
*What Home Humidifier Type Do You Need?
As mentioned above, you will have to choose between cool-mist and warm-mist humidifiers depending on the climate and humidity where you live. It usually works this way: if you live in a hot place, you should go for a cool-mist humidifier. If you live in a cold place, get a warm-mist humidifier.
*Where are you going to put the humidifier?
You should ask yourself this question because you will have to make some room measurements. If you plan to use a humidifier on a bedroom, take its dimensions. Why is this necessary? Because a humidifier’s coverage area is another factor you should consider before buying one. As a rule, you should get one with a coverage area exactly or a bit smaller than the room’s size. This will prevent an over-saturation of mist which tends to happen when you put a humidifier in a room that is way smaller than the machine’s coverage area. When excess mist is trapped in a small room it will enhance the growth of mildew and may cause damage to electronics.
*What features do you want the machine to have?
Generally you should always consider home humidifiers that have built-in humidistat or hygrometer. This is an instrument that will tell you how much humidity is currently in the room. The ideal humidity level is somewhere between 30-40%. A machine that automatically stops producing mist once the ideal level is reached is a good idea. Also, a humidifier that turns off on its own once its water tank is empty increases home safety.
Are you using the humidifier for health reasons?
If so, you should look into a humidifier that has additional receptacles or chambers to place soothers like Vicks or medication in. This feature is especially helpful if you have asthma or allergies.
Answering the above questions will help you to pick the best home humidifier for your specific needs and situation. Keep the tips in mind as well, especially when looking for features. Ensure that safeguards are present in the machine. The basics should all be there- accessible and understandable control interface, a means of monitoring present humidity, and the like.