Using a humidifier is not as difficult as most people think. This post will teach you how to use a humidifier accordingly. It also looks at what a humidifier is and the various types so that you are able to determine which humidifier is best for you. For the complete guide, read on.
The winter or cold period is the time when the sun is in its lowest ebb in the sky, leading to short days and lowest atmospheric conditions. The cold period can become very uncomfortable if not well managed. Feeling cold is not just the only condition that comes with winter, apart from a general discomfort trying to heat up the body, other cold related medical conditions include:
- Dry skin: When the atmospheric humidity is low, the body’s attempt to retain heat may lead to chapped, cracked or turgid skin.
- Sore throat: They are caused by viral infections which grow comfortably in moist conditions. Also, temperature changes from dry to cold can have bad effect on the throat.
- Asthma: Cold air triggers asthmatic symptoms that leads to shortness of breath and a near-death situation without an inhaler come by.
- Cold hands: Cold weather may cause your fingers to go white, blue or red with throb or a tingle. This is sign of less blood circulation to the hands or feet.
- Painful joints: Sometimes, our joints may become stiff and cause pain during cold weather.
- Cold sores: This condition is commonly during cold weather.
- Heart attacks: Cold snaps may increase pressure on the heart and such strain can lead to heart attacks if not properly checked.
- Norovirus: The virus is more common in cold or winter season; it is a stomach bug that causes the sufferer to throw up or vomit.
- Flu: Catching the flu is very easy in the cold season, and it can become viral if not quickly checked and controlled.
- Low humidity: Can have adverse effects on our furniture by causing peeling, cracks or wearing off of its surface.
So, knowing the risk prevalent during winter period, it is very important to seek out measures to stay comfortable and healthy. Outside the home and on the streets, it is wise to put on sweater, cardigan, head warmer, socks and scarves, all in a bid to stay warm. But sometimes we may realize that these do not totally ease the cold, and if we do not have an added option, we may put our health into jeopardy.
Back in the house and even in the offices, we need a means to stay warm and comfortable. There is no better way to do so than to invest in a humidifier.
What is a humidifier?
A humidifier is an electrical home appliance that adds humidity into the air. It can come in form of a stand-alone appliance or built into the HVCA unit of a house so as to disperse mist into the atmosphere. The mist dispersed can be either warm or cool mist depending on the atmospheric needs of the moment and the type of humidifier used.
Types of Humidifiers
Industrial humidifiers: These humidifiers are large and used to maintain a particular humidity level in industries. This is for the benefit of both its workers and the industrial production. For example, printing press use humidifiers to prevent the shrinkage or folding of paper productions; also they can be used to prevent food from decaying in consumer goods industries. Certain level of humidity drop may aid the growth of microorganism that causes food spoilage if not properly checked. And like previously noted, industrial humidifiers are built into the HVAC unit of the company so that it can affect large areas in the company.
Portable/personal humidifiers: These types of humidifiers come in pretty different sizes and functionality to tackle different humidity requirements in the home. The table-top like humidifier can be placed on shelves and tables where they direct their mist dispersion on particular areas like close to a baby’s bed in a nursery. They are highly mobile and can be tag-alongs during travels. The console unit humidifiers are larger and can power a room or more. They are mostly situated at a central position where they can disperse the mist; however, most models come with wheels or pulley to enable mobility around the house.
Humidifier can further be differentiated by functionality or mechanism to include:
- Evaporative humidifier: They work by circulating moisture through saturated filter. They come with fans that power the unit so as to produce mist and are more affordable than industrial humidifiers. The hitch though is that their dispersion is limited to a room or more depending on the brand, plus they might expel more than needed humidity that may lead to asthmatic conditions or even enhance the growth of molds.
- Ultrasonic Humidifiers: Mist is produced with the aid of ultrasonic vibration. They are more popular humidifiers that offer options for your home, such as a cool/warm mist version, non-filter and quietcare technology.
- Steam Vaporizers: These humidifiers are powered by electricity; the water gets heated but cools off before it is dispersed into the air as mist. They are less expensive and more portable than the others.
- Impeller Humidifiers: They work through spinning disks that run on high speed to produce mist. However, they share similar disadvantage and advantage as found in evaporative humidifier.
It is important to note that warm mist humidifier might pose a danger if you have toddlers or little curious kids at home; the hot steam produced may burn them if they get too close. In such situation, it is advisable to go for cool mist producing brands.
Steps on using a humidifier
- Purchase the right humidifier for your home needs, taking into consideration the size, tank capacity, prize and features
- Assemble the humidifier, making sure to follow the steps listed on the product manual.
- Endeavor to wash out the water tanks to clean off industrial particles that may have accompanied it from the manufacturing factories before filling with fresh and clean water.
- Position your humidifier on the best place it can work effectively, plug it to an electric outlet; and adjust to whatever settings best suits you.
- Allow it to work while you sleep comfortably or continue your daily activities.
It is very important to clean the humidifier, especially if the one you have uses a filter. The filter is put in place to trap microorganism and dirt before the water is dispersed into the air, it should therefore be cleaned or replaced regularly. Nevertheless, it is generally advised to clean the water tanks regularly and use distilled water when refilling to minimize mineral contents in the water.