Our well-being and our health depend strongly on the room climate. A relative humidity of between 40-60% in a room is optimal. If it falls below 30% for a long period, this has a negative effect: skin and mucous membranes dry out, eyes and throat burn, and we become ill more quickly. Dry air is a problem especially in winter because heating dries out the environment. Humidifiers can help by providing more moisture in the room or in the home as a whole. But how useful is such a device?
The advantages of having a humidifier
The most obvious benefit of using an air humidifier is… humidified air, of course! Proper relative humidity causes a decrease in the concentration of dust and mites, reducing symptoms of asthma and allergies. In addition, a properly functioning device significantly reduces the risk of infection. Pleasing for users is also a better sense of well-being, as well as moisturized and toned skin.
However, we should not forget that modern humidifiers also have many other advantages, which we owe to the latest technological solutions:
- The operation of modern humidifiers is very intuitive. They have large water tanks – with a volume of up to 6.5 liters. So there is no risk that the device stops working in the middle of the night because there is no water left.
- The comfort of use. The low noise level, which in some models is only 25 dB, ensures that the work of the device is barely heard and is a little louder than a whisper. This is especially important if you’re looking for a humidifier for the bedroom, for example.
- It should also be said that modern devices generate low usage costs. They consume little electricity, and some devices instead of the normal filters offer fixed discs that do not need to be replaced.
You should also pay attention to the numerous additional functions. Especially noteworthy are devices that have silver ions, which ensure the high quality and cleanliness of the water in a tank. It is also worth choosing a device equipped with a hygrostat, thanks to which, the desired relative humidity can not be exceeded.
Types of humidifiers
All humidifiers have one goal – to provide indoor air with more moisture. But they differ in the technologies used and the way they achieve the results. Thus, there are three main types of humidifiers:
- Air humidification by vaporization. These versions are simple but efficient: the effect of such an “evaporator” is based on a large surface on which water is distributed by capillary forces and evaporates. The humid air is then distributed in the room by a fan. Since no heat is necessary, the energy balance is very good and the maintenance effort is also kept within limits.
- Air humidification by evaporation. There are models that evaporate water by generating heat. This requires a lot of energy and is certainly not the most economical alternative. However, it has one advantage: with heating, germs have no chance of survival.
- Air humidification by ultrasonic nebulizer. Many devices on the market are based on ultrasound, whereby the water is set into oscillations and atomized. This way, small droplets of water are released into the environment, which is visible as a mist. This process is very effective, but has a disadvantage: the mist is an optimal transport medium for harmful germs.
Not only humans but also pets, wood, and furniture suffer from dry air. Humidifiers for home help to restore optimal room humidity and improve the overall well-being of the occupants.