What does air quality mean to you in your home? It may sound like a simple question, but it isn't. Air quality is an essential part of the condition of a pleasant and comfortable home. Research shows that we spend most of our time indoors. Still wondering why air quality is important? Well, keep on reading, and by the time you finish, I guarantee you'll not believe that most people have ignorant on this small yet so big issue. Now, how do we ensure that we get the best air quality? That's simple, let's talk “Humidifiers.”
What is a humidifier?
A humidifier is a simple electronic device that increases the moisture in a room or building. It makes a place or building more humid hence the name. It accomplishes this by emitting vapor or steam into the air. With this device in your house, you can achieve the proper amount of moisture all around you for a better and healthier living environment. How does it work? Its installation is primarily in the air conditioner system. It automatically monitors the levels of humidity in your home and increases it appropriately. How cool is that!?
Types of humidifiers
Apparently, there a lot of models out there depending on the structure, control, operation, noise and stuff like that but they are all categorized under steam, impeller, ultrasonic and evaporate humidifiers.
1. Steam humidifier
This humidifier is also known as a "vaporizer." It boils water to the point of evaporation and then releases the warm steam into the air. That's it! It's that simple when it comes to vaporizers. Its simplicity is also why they are the least expensive compared to the rest. Water is not the only liquid that works with it. There are other liquids, especially for medical purposes. These vaporizer humidifiers heat the water enough that organisms like bacteria and mold cannot survive. An infection-free environment ensures that it that allergies will be long gone even before you say the word.
2. The Impeller humidifier
An impeller humidifier, also known as the “cool mist humidifier,” uses a rotating disc that flings water at a diffuser. The diffuser then breaks and scatters the liquid into small fine droplets that are buoyant in the air which can be seen as a fresh fog leaving the humidifier. Water supply must be kept extremely clean at all times to minimize the risk of spreading dangerous micro-organisms through the air. They are easy to clean. Most people prefer cool mist because they believe that it is more comfortable to breathe thus are often used in hot or warmer climates.
3. The Ultrasonic humidifier
An ultrasonic humidifier is different in structure and technology compared to the first two. It uses a diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency to create water droplets that quietly leave the humidifier as cool fog directed out by a fan though not in all models since some uses just random Brownian motion. This kind of humidifier comes in both warm mist and cool mist varieties, or both functionalities in one. In contrast with the other humidifiers, the water droplets from an ultrasonic humidifier are going have any and harmful compounds that may be present in the reservoir. These contaminants are of a disadvantage nearby objects. Because of these, Ultrasonic humidifiers have to be regularly maintained to prevent contamination from the impurities and the spread bacteria through the air.
4. Evaporate/wick humidifiers
The wick humidifier is the most common portable humidifier. It primarily consists of a wick, fan and a reservoir. The paper draws water from the tank. The fan blows over the wick thus enabling it to absorb maximum moisture. The paper sheet can become moldy with time if they are not completely dry. They (sheets) need regular rinsing or replacement. If maintenance is neglected, air cannot pass through them, and humidifier will ultimately stop working efficiently. This type of humidifier is also self-regulating.
Given that you now have a solid idea of what humidifier is, they are not perfect devices thus they have their pros and cons.
Humidifiers reduce the risk of infection by a large percentage because infectious micro-organisms cannot travel as fast in the moist air.
With time, you'll notice that your skin becomes softer and vibrant. A humidifier prevents all the damaging effects caused by dry and cold air.
We have all been a victim of nosebleeds caused by dry air, right? Well, this is because the dry and cold air dries out the sinuses thus lowering the human resistance to infectious organisms. A humidifier ensures that your nose and throat are more comfortable than ever.
Do you keep plants inside your house? Guess what; you won't need to worry about their levels of humidity. They'll always be green. Keep in mind that healthy plants mean a healthy you since they pull out toxins from the air.
Dry air often damages wood furniture by causing them to crack. A humidifier helps preserve the wood, thus maintaining your stuff for years to come.
If you sing a lot like me, you are going to love this one. A humidifier ensures that you always wake up with your typical sound and not that growling sound we usually wake up with because of dry air.
Humidifiers promise improved sleep without snoring. See, the fact is that we breathe harshly because of dry throats and sinuses. A moist environment is warm and comfortable, and it guarantees a good night's sleep.
A humidifier requires regular maintenance. It is not a bad thing. It just means that you only have to fill it up with water (preferably, distilled) when the amount previously there is all used up. You are also advised to always keeping the device clean to avoid the likelihood of contracting infections.
Since these humidifiers slowly boil water and emit the mist into the air, one always runs a risk of being burned if they knock it over or gets in direct contact with the fog. Never let children operate the device. At least not without your supervision.
There is also the risk of allowing the humidifier emit more than it should because your walls are going to end up damp and mold will start to grow. This weakens the wall and reduces its overall integrity.
So, there you have it. As you can see, a humidifier offers a lot. It not just for the rich or anything of the sort. Are you wondering what my take is on the matter? This device is too good not to get. Find one that fits your requirement regarding climate and whether to be used in a room or the entire building. You won't regret it.