Which Humidifier is Right for You?
Keeping the air in your home at the right level of humidity can help prevent problems from atopic dermatitis and other skin troubles. By adding moisture back into the air, it moisturizes your hair, nails, and skin. An added bonus is that it can also reduce allergens generated by dust. There are many different types on the market. You need to consider several things. How large of an area will it cover? Will it work with my current heat and air system? Find out the benefits of each kind and see which humidifier is right for you.
Ultrasonic is a newer technology that puts out sound vibrations to add moisture to the room. It sounds pretty far-fetched to think that no water needs to be added. This high tech machine has proven to work safely. The drawbacks are that there is a greater risk of bacteria in the air because there is not filter. Either get one with the ceramic cartridge or consider cleaning it frequently with soapy water and a good rinse. Be ready to pay more for this type of humidifier. They are built to last and can be cost-effective in the long run.
This is the one that I grew up with. Our first one was a pie pan filled with water on the floor furnace. I laugh remembering how we poured the water right into the grate as kids. Then we moved to the electric type where you add water to a plastic container. It heats the water and then a little fan inside blows the moist air into the room. Be sure and choose one that breaks down for easy cleaning. If you don't, hard water can get built up and may cause problems. For this reason, you may want to choose one that has a removable filter. Check the cost of replacements before buying!
Cool or Warm Mist
If you’re looking at energy efficiency, consider this: The cool mist needs to be cleaned more frequently and requires new filters. The warm mist is easy to maintain but uses energy to produce steam. That can run up your electric bill. You might even a spoon of a eucalyptus salve into the “warming” part of the unit to open up dry and swollen sinuses.
Compact or Room Size
I’ve never made an investment in the room size units. It’s not for lack of wanting one. It has just always been easier to have a smaller one in a sleeping area. If you spend several hours in one room, you can add moisture to the air there. This really makes sense if you consider that the day may be spent outside of the house.
When it comes to hydrating skin, a humidifier can be your best friend. Even in the humid south, there are weeks during the winter when the air is dry, creating itchy snakelike skin. In drier climates, this could be a year-round problem. Try adding a humidifier to your arsenal of skin care tools for immediate results!
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