Ideally, we keep indoor humidity between 30-50%. Dry air can be problematic for babies and children as well as for adults with asthma or sinus problems. If the air in your home is too dry or you suffer from breathing problems and dry mucous membranes, a humidifier is highly recommended.
Aparticularly in the cold season, many people no longer want to do without the indoor air improvement provided by a humidifier. The cold winter weather draws moisture from the air, which can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses and even restless sleep.
Types of humidifiers
In addition to humidification systems for entire apartment complexes or houses, humidifiers are mainly used for local and mobile use in living and working spaces. These systems are not permanently installed and can thus be used in the desired room to selectively adjust the air humidity to predefined relative humidities.
A humidifier can produce either warm or cool mist. Depending on the model, the cool mist can be produced in different ways. Ultrasonic models work with vibration. Evaporative models use a fan to blow air over the water, while impeller models use a spinning disc to atomise the water.
A warm mist device heats water to boiling point and releases steam.
A humidifier can help restore a healthy and comfortable indoor environment by adding moisture to the air to the desired humidity level. In this way, they can help relieve unpleasant symptoms associated with dried-out mucous membranes, such as sinus congestion. Often, this also allows for better sleep and also alleviates snoring initiated due to blocked sinuses!
What to look for when buying humidifiers
Cool mist vs. warm mist:
Both cold and warm mist humidifiers effectively add moisture to the air. However, cold mist humidifiers are better for households with children and pets as there is no risk of burning from a heating element, while warm mist humidifiers are best for killing more germs and bacteria.
Depending on factors such as tank size and flow rate, your humidifier is designed for a specific room size. The manufacturer usually specifies the room size for which the unit is designed. To do this, simply use the "Recommended room size" filter in our shop and find the humidifier that is right for you.
Some units can only run for a few hours before needing to be refilled, while others can last a full 24 hours. For units that need to be refilled more frequently, an automatic shut-off function is beneficial so that the humidifier automatically shuts off when the water runs out.
With most humidifiers, the design of the tank is crucial for practical use. Look for large openings to make refilling and cleaning easier. A see-through design is also helpful, as you can see how full the tank is so you know when it's time to refill it.
Cleaning your humidifier weekly is extremely important to prevent the growth of mould, bacteria and microbes. Especially if you are using the humidifier for respiratory relief, the last thing you need is a humidifier that spreads microbially contaminated air around the room. So also make sure that the unit is easy to disassemble and clean.