Cool mist humidifiers provide more benefits than warm mist humidifiers
For people looking to stay warm this winter, heaters are necessary in the home. However, the warm air is also incredibly dry, so a room humidifier may be a useful item to have ready. Purchasing these units will take a bit of research. One of the primary questions is whether an evaporative cool mist or a warm mist will provide more benefits. As tempting as it may be to invest in a humidifier that may help warm your home while keeping the air moist, cool mist humidifiers have more pros.
Take safety into account
First and foremost, the safety factor must be taken into consideration. Warm mist humidifiers use heating elements to raise the temperature of the water in the tank. The heating element makes warm models slightly more expensive to power. More importantly, the water can become rather hot, posing a potential danger to children and pets. Warm mist humidifiers aren’t advised for homes with children, as they present very real and potential burn risks. Additionally, the heat inhibits the portability of the unit, cutting down on its versatility.
Consider the additional benefits
The temperature of water in warm humidifier tanks creates more mineral deposits, requiring owners to perform more maintenance than an evaporative cool mist humidifier would need.
Many people make use of humidifiers to help relieve cold and flu symptoms. The moisture can help decrease the risks or effects of dry nasal passages, sore throats, coughs, nose bleeds, respiratory ailments and more. It’s important to note that a cool mist humidifier will provide better conditions for easing these problems, as cool mist is easier for the body to inhale than warm mist.
Warm humidifiers are better in small spaces, as the mist isn’t able to spread very well or efficiently. In contrast, cool humidifiers disperse vapor very well and can cover a much larger area.
Overall, evaporative cool mist humidifiers are safer and more cost-efficient. The benefits of warm mist humidifiers may not outweigh the downsides. The temperature of the water makes the unit less portable, limiting its use in different rooms throughout the house. Cool mist humidifiers are good for children and are able to cover larger spaces. They’re much more versatile and require less maintenance. If you’re looking to invest in a humidifier this winter, be sure to weigh the pros and cons and choose the unit that best suits your lifestyle.
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