Various weather times comes with their peculiar needs. When it’s rainy, everywhere gets wet. Then we need driers to make our clothes dry. In winter times, everywhere gets cold. Then we use heaters in our homes.
There seem to be a little problem with that. If you’re careful to observe, you’ll find that as we provide solution to a problem, another arises. These heaters suck up indoor air moisture; hence they cause the problem of inadequate air moisture content. Therefore, we need to find a way to dampen the air. Failure to do so may result to ill-health. Conditions like skin dryness, cough, cracked lips etc. can occur when we stay in places where the air moisture content is low.
A practical solution to that is the use of humidifiers.
Humidifiers are little machines used indoors. Their purpose is to dampen the air. In other words, they increase the moisture content of the air, or, they make air wet. This way, conditions like skin irritation and cough that result from low air moisture content are averted.
What’s more, humidifiers can be especially effective for treating dryness of the skin, nose, throat, and lips. If you have any of these, you should probably get one.
When you have made the decision to get one, you should consider two factors in getting the humidifier type that suits you (there are quite a lot of them).
• The size of your room
• The need you want the humidifier to meet.
Yu should consider two factors before you make the decision to purchase a humidifier: a) how large the room where you want to use the humidifier is, b) the kind of humidifier required to meet your particular needs.
Your room size will determine the size of the humidifier you want. Also, because the various types come with special features, you might want to take advantage of the features of particular types of humidifiers.
Here are 5 types of humidifiers from which you can choose.
Top Fill Humidifier: If you are an aged person, or you want to get a humidifier for people who are old or have arthritis, you should consider getting a top fill humidifier. This is because their design makes refilling them similar to watering flowers. Hence you don’t need to lift the humidifier to refill. You just have to pour water from the top.
Warm Mist Humidifier: Warm mist humidifiers are called so because they release warm mist into the air. The machine boils the water and releases the vapor into the air to moisturize it. This is especially great for cold regions or during winter.
There is a down side to it though. They can be hazardous; hence do not use them in your children’s rooms. If you must, keep it way out of their reach. The hot water in their tanks can cause burns.
UV Germ Free Humidifier: These types come with a special feature – an ultra-violet light installation which kills germs.
When we don’t wash the humidifiers frequently or don’t change the waters in the tank, germs may accumulate. Thus, they release contaminated moisture content into the air. This can make us sick.
UV germ free humidifier comes to the rescue. The make the moisture content free of germs before we breathe them in. Hence, we can breathe in safe air.
Cool Mist Evaporative Humidifier: These types of humidifier do not boil the water. They release the moisture through evaporation. They come with honeycomb-like wick filters and installed fans. The wick filters absorb the water and the fans blows moisture into the air.
Ultrasonic Humidifier: The basic advantage this type enjoys over others is the greatly reduced sound. Ultrasonic humidifiers are the quietest of the lot. They are great for you if you do not like to hear buzzing sounds when you sleep.
Ultrasonic humidifiers uses high frequency sound wave to release moisture into the air.
Dangers of Misuse of Humidifiers
If you paid attention to the earlier part of this article, I mentioned that problems often arise from the solutions we provide top previous problems. Well, humidifiers can pose some serious health issues if we don’t take proper precautions.
There is the danger of burns I mentioned earlier on while explaining warm mist humidifiers. Children and pets are more prone to be injured by them.
It is also possible, like I have mentioned earlier, that humidifiers release contaminated moisture to the air. This can come from germs, or from mineral deposits in tap water. Thus, you should be careful not to use tap water. Use distilled water instead. You should also change the water in the tank every day, plus wash the whole humidifier every few days.