In arid climates and colder months, a humidifier can be a useful household addition. These machines work to deliver moisture to the air and can be very beneficial for a variety of conditions. By releasing mist into a room, humidifiers allow users to experience the benefits of moisture-rich air.

What are the benefits of using a humidifier?

Using a humidifier may prove very beneficial for a variety of ailments. When air is dry, mucous membranes tend to dry up as well. This can cause congestion, dry and cracked skin, chapped lips, sinus problems, breathing issues, bloody noses, and many more complications. When moisture is released into the air, humidity in the room will increase. This may help alleviate all the aforementioned symptoms and may even help you experience less snoring and a more restful sleep.

What is a cool mist humidifier?

A cool mist humidifier releases a cool water vapor to increase humidity. It works by using a filter to absorb water from the machine’s reservoir. A fan then blows cool air across the filter to vaporize the water it contains. This creates a cool mist of vapor that is then blown out into the surrounding room. Cool mist humidifiers are a good choice for arid climates, and they also help to filter out impurities that pass through the machine’s filter. These machines may feature digital or dial controls.

What is an ultrasonic humidifier?

An ultrasonic humidifier also releases a cool mist of vapor to humidify the surrounding room. It works by vibrating water at an ultrasonic frequency to break it down into vapor. The machine then distributes this mist, increasing humidity in the surrounding area. Because an ultrasonic machine does not contain a fan, it is incredibly quiet and unobtrusive. These machines are also energy efficient and produce substantial vapor quantity relative to their size. Many ultrasonic models feature digital controls and LED displays.

How do you clean a humidifier?

The procedure for cleaning your machine will depend on the type of machine you have.

  • Cool mist humidifier: Unplug the machine, remove the liquid, and pour undiluted white vinegar into its reservoir. Allow the vinegar to sit for at least 30 minutes to break down any buildup inside the base. Gently scrub the base with a soft brush, and rinse it completely. Wipe the outside of the machine with a warm, damp cloth.
  • Ultrasonic humidifier: Unplug the machine, remove the liquid, and fill the tank with a solution of warm water and vinegar. Allow the tank to sit for 30 minutes to remove any buildup or bacteria, and proceed to rinse it thoroughly. Set the tank out to dry before replacing it in the machine.
  • Warm mist humidifier: Unplug the machine and allow it to cool completely. Remove the tank, and fill the base and tank with a solution of warm water and vinegar. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes while you wipe the interior components with a soft sponge. Proceed to rinse the base and tank, and allow them to sit out to dry.