How to Choose a Humidifier

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One more question that we saw coming up time and time again is how to choose the best Humidifier for your own individual needs so please take a quick read through this post which will help you out with your decision-making process.

In winter the air becomes very dry since the cold air cannot hold moisture. It becomes quite uncomfortable especially for those who have breathing problems. Even the healthy people suffer from stuffy nose, skin irritation and static electricity. Humidifiers increase the moisture content in the indoor air and relieve you from all those conditions associated with dry air. Increased humidity also saves your wooden furniture from cracking or warping. So it is useful to invest in a humidifier. There are various types and models available in the market and I will help you choose which one is best for you that meet your requirements.

Determine your needs and type

Is your house located in the environment which is very dry? Is anyone in your household suffer from respiratory problems? Do you have young children or pets? Or you just want to make your bedroom comfortable for sleeping. These are the questions that can determine what type of humidifier you should purchase. If you don’t have pets or children and you want to humidify your bedroom then a warm steam vaporizer may the solution for you.

A hot mist vaporizer may not be a good idea in houses with small children or pets as they may get injured by hot steam or hot spilled water. If you have a large house and need the entire house to be humidified then avoid single room units and go for a whole house humidifier.

Estimate space that needs to be humidified

Ideally, you should have an indoor air humidity level between 30% and 50%. A level of 40% may be just right for most households. First how many rooms you want to humidify and what is the sizes of the rooms. If want to humidify a single room from 300 sq. feet a small portable humidifier of any style will be sufficient. Many models are available for a single room which can operate for 24 hours before needing water refill.  Single room humidifiers o available with many options such anti-germ protection, multiple speeds, humidistat and many additional features.

If you have multiple rooms with a total area from 600 to 1200 sq. feet then medium sized humidifier will be sufficient. There are many options to choose from including ultrasonic, evaporative and cool mist humidifiers.  In case you want to humidify the entire house with an area from 1700 to 3000 sq. feet, you should consider large console unit humidifiers. Another option with large homes needing whole house humidification is to use bypass flow through humidifier that is directly connected to the central ventilation system. These units have direct connections with the house water supply and they disperse moisture to the entire house continuously.

How much space is available?

One factor to consider is how much space you have to fit in your humidifier. If you want a longer service time then a bigger water tank will be required which means a bigger size of the humidifier. This issue is more important when you are considering multiple rooms humidifier and even more so, in case of whole house humidifier which will take a large space. You have to choose a central location in the house. These are available in a variety designs and colors to blend in with your décor.

Additional features that you may want

The simple humidifiers that cost little have no extra features. If you want some nifty features, then these are available in more expensive models. You may want to have an adjustable humidistat so that you can adjust and control the humidity level in your room automatically. Some portable models come in with castors for easy movement. An important feature is removable water tank which makes it easy cleaning.  A low water level indicator is a good option to look for. Then there are many safety features such as auto shut-off on low water level, which you may want.

Your budget

The price of humidifiers can range from $25 to $1000 or more. It all depends on the type and size. So, you can easily choose a humidifier within your budget. Single room cool-mist units cost around $50. Warm mist vaporizer may even cost less from $25 to $50. Medium sized multiple room humidifiers range from $100 to $300 and whole house flow-through units may cost from $350 to $500. Large whole house steam and mist unit may cost over $1000.

Check it out before you buy

Normally as per store policy, a humidifier may not be returned after purchase (unless it gets faulty within the warranty period). However, many stores have an operating humidifier on display, so you can check them out there.

 

For your convenience – a selection of popular Humidifiers is also outlined below that may be of interest to you – so feel free to view larger of compare further by clicking on any of the images provided below…

 

Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of choosing, buying or selecting your perfect Humidifier by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that other people in the community can learn also!

 

 

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