Many gadgets are constantly entering the markets and they serve many purposes. It is natural and highly normal for you to feel moderately lost among the growing variety of new gadgets.
However, today we will be discussing about the famed ‘humidifier’. You must have heard about it as it is growing popular with every passing day. New homes with advanced tech are incorporating humidifiers into their very systems.
So how come you don’t have one? How come you’re missing out on all the juicy details about this surprisingly useful home gadget? Well, no more. Today we’re exposing all the secrets you gotta know.
What Is a Humidifier?
Humidifiers are machines just like an AC or a room cooler except there are variations to them. They can be placed on your bedside cabinet or on your mantelpiece and also so big that they can humidify your whole house at once.
Their job is to control the moisture levels in the air. They work by evaporating a certain amount of water per unit time that further disperses into the air and moistens it to perfection.
What’s the big deal about moisture in the air, you may ask. Well, the normal and acceptable amount of humidity in the air should be from 30%-50% indoors. However if it goes lower than that then you could face some issues like dry and itchy eyes as well as dry throat and irritated respiratory tract.
Benefits of Humidifier
Basically when you think of a humidifier’s purpose; it is to moisten the air. All its benefits stem off of that. Dry air and atmosphere is not only highly dangerous for humans and animals alike but can also affect your house’s belongings.
But first let’s discuss how these gadgets can help you:
- Flu Risk Reduction
Flus naturally occur when your sinuses, throat and nose get too dry and bacteria decides to attack. The moisture in these places of your body help in battling any oncoming diseases.
However if your house has low humidity levels or currently it’s that time of the year where moisture levels are low in the air, then you should get yourself a humidifier. By keeping the atmosphere around you perfectly balanced, you won’t suffer at the hands of nature.
- Hydrated Skin and Hair
It is common sense that dry air causes skin flaking, cracking and dryness. Not to mention your hair gets brittle and becomes prone to breakage.
By installing a humidifier in your car/house you can keep your skin and hair perfectly hydrated regardless of the consequences in the world outside.
- Allergy and Asthma Avoided
For people who are prone to asthma and allergy attacks, a humidifier comes in great use for them as it moistens the sinuses and airways. A study published in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health proved that classrooms with low humidity levels were more likely to trigger asthma attacks.
- Snoring Substantially Minimized
Snorers tend to make the life of their living partners a living hell but what makes the situation way worse…dry air. As the air is dryer around the sleeping person, as they snore and inhale more air; their airways get dryer.
Let’s just say the normal snoring turns to “trying to start up a 50-year old tractor that hasn’t been oiled since 1960”. A humidifier solves the issue partially, the rest must be taken care by the snorer himself/herself.
- Longer Lasting Home Equipment
Lastly and importantly, (less important than yourself but still important) since humidifiers help extend the life of the items you have in your house. Your moisture-loving houseplants will thrive and most importantly anything made of wood in your house will live a longer life.
Your wallpapers will also last longer as long as the humidity levels are appropriately kept in check.
- Reduced Energy Bills
Air that is composed of a healthy balance of moisture usually feels warmer than normal air. In the winters, if you keep a humidifier on check in your house the atmosphere indoors is more likely to be warm and you don’t have to pay too much on energy bills.
Here’s What You Shouldn’t Do with a Humidifier
As much as a humidifier may be important in your house, you must take care of a bunch of things. Here are the most important ones.
- Humidity Levels In Check
Keep a check on its humidity levels. Just like you would adjust the temperature on an AC, same is the case with a humidifier. Some advanced tech humidifiers come with an inbuilt system where they themselves take care of moderating moisture levels.
However, at times you have to do it on your own with the help of a hygrometer!
- No Tap Water
Technically speaking humidifiers only need water in them so they can evaporate them in the air. But the composition of that water should be clean and pure so as the air around you mirror those qualities.
The mineral deposits in usual tap water will most likely settle into the mechanism of the humidifier and cause bacteria buildup. According to the manufacturer’s instructions you should use the proper kind of water.
Generally purified, demineralized and distilled water is used but it completely depends on the type of humidifier.
- Maintenance Is Important
Any and every machine needs its cleaning. If left neglected for a long time, the machine will most likely start malfunctioning and will need an expert’s assistance to get it back to its working state.
Maybe sometimes you will have to throw away the whole machine because of how dust and neglection has worsened its state. So make it a habit to clean and maintain your humidifier.
Cleaning out the filters as well as the water tank according to the instructions included in the manual will help in battling mildew, and bacteria buildup. Moreover, this will enhance your breathing experience as clean humidifiers spew out clean evaporated water thus refining your air’s quality.
- Two Days Is Maximum
When adding water to your humidifier don’t let it sit there for more than 2 days. If your machine isn’t in use then remember to empty the water tank so the fluid doesn’t develop a film atop of it.
In a closed tank like that of a humidifier unmoving water can breed bacteria and algae. To stop bacterial development you need to give the inside of your water tank a good rub down with hydrogen peroxide followed with thorough rinsing with plain water.
In case of algae forming then a special water formula is to be used to clean that out.
Types of Humidifiers
Okay, you have heard quite enough about humidifiers and their purpose! Now it’s time to explore the many different types of humidifiers in the market.
Some humidifiers don’t come in separate machines but instead they are available in another item. This is a prime example of making good use of the space you have at hand in your house.
Instead of assigning space for a lamp and a humidifier in your bedroom, you can instead utilize this nifty invention. Up for grabs in different shades, you can pick one that blends with your interior décor.
Adding a new twist to humidifiers, this one introduces an aromatherapy feature to it as well. Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oils into the water and observe as your car fills up with fragrance and healthy moisture air.
Car humidifiers are also different than others because of their compact, portable shape. Moreover they come in a certain design so as they can be plugged into your car port.
This is quite similar to the car humidifier except that it doesn’t need a car so it can work. This one comes in the cutest design ever and is paired with a USB cable that you can plug practically anywhere.
They can come in many shapes and designs but this one introduces an aromatherapy feature alongside the portable USB interface. USB powered humidifiers are not only portable but they are great for when you are always on the move.
You can plug them in your car, office, room, hotel or anywhere. As long as you have a USB slot somewhere, then you’re good to go.
Humidifiers to Use In Winter
Since the purpose of a humidifier increases in winter because of the excessive dryness in the atmosphere and the persistent flus; you should know all about the most useful humidifiers for winter.
There is some discussion on whether you should use a warm-mist or cold-mist humidifiers but the verdict is that there is literally no use. As the humidifiers expel vapors of warm or cold water, the steam at the end still converts to room temperature until it reaches the person’s airways.
Moreover, there are more hazard with using warm mist humidifiers since you have to add hot water into them. If anyone gets too close to the humidifier, they might get scalded by the direct hot steam.
Or if any accident occurs and the humidifier tips over, the hot water could hurt anyone in close proximity of it. There are only some things you have to follow if you want to get the best use of your humidifier in winter.
First, keep it clean and do regular cleanups with hydrogen peroxide and special water formulas.
Second, do not let water sit in it for too long.
Third, use distilled or purified water.
Do I Need a Humidifier?
After learning about this highly useful and elaborate machine, you must be asking yourself the obvious question. Do I really need it?
Well, the answer is pretty easy. Do you need an AC? Or a juicer? Or a phone holder? Truth is, without a humidifier you are in no direct danger. However you can ease a lot of your troubles and issues by acquiring one.
People who are prone to developing allergies and frequently get asthma attacks could really benefit with this gadget to make their life easier. Or maybe in the winter season you can save yourself from sick leaves and stuffy noses with one of these bad boys.
With the help of our informative guide, you can make a calculated decision as to which kind of humidifier to acquire and how to use it.