Humidifier Buying Guide
Humidifiers are an important product for parent consumers who desire some health benefits in relation to clean air for the benefit of their children.
Types of Humidifiers:
This is the most economical type of humidifier and is ideal for humidifying a small space such as a single room. The only drawback is that this type of humidifier has a very small tank and frequent refills are needed for the humidifier to function properly. Within this type of humidifier there are two sub categories. The first is the Evaporative Tabletops and the Warm-Mist Models. The evaporative tabletops utilize a fan to blow air over a wet wick while the warm-mist model utilizes a heating unit to boil the water before cooling the steam. While the evaporative tabletops are cheaper the use of the fan may prove to be a little noisy for some people.
Console humidifiers are larger than tabletop humidifiers but they are not large enough that they could not be easily moved across different rooms. The advantage of a console humidifier being a larger unit with a higher humidification output capacity makes it useful in situations of humidifying more than one room. The disadvantage of a console humidifier is that the design utilizes a evaporative technology rather than a warm-mist, the larger size of the unit would also mean that the sound produced by the larger fan would be louder. This could be a problem for people who value comfort of sound and are sensitive to loud noises.
In-duct humidifiers are installed directly into forced heating systems. This type of humidifier is strong enough to humidify the whole house and is very easy to maintain. The water is refilled by an attached plumbing system and the type of humidifier is either evaporative, warm-mist or nebulizers. The main advantage of in-duct humidifiers is that they are very quiet the drawback is that they would need professional installations.
Ease of Use:
Ease of use comes in the form of settings and maintenance. Digital settings are easier to use. Maintenance is another key issue, for evaporative models wick replacement would have to be performed while replacement of water storage is also an issue for all kinds. The frequency and the ease of replacing the water storage should be taken into consideration.
Humidistat is very important in humidifiers. A model without humidistat would create condensation on windows and even promote the growth of molds and bacteria which would create more health issues that it solves.
Humidifiers especially evaporative humidifiers can create some noise due to the fan. The parent consumer should determine two factors. First is the tolerance of the parent and child to noise and second is the level of noise that the unit emits. This is especially important at night when noise could interrupt sleeping patterns and cycles.
A timer on some units can set the time of when a humidifier would turn on, however parent consumers should be aware that if the water sits too long in the humidifier then microbes can breed if the humidifier is not dried properly between uses.
Parent consumers should not only be aware of the types and features of Humidifiers. Proper maintenance and installation is also crucial. Parent consumers should study the guidelines for their Humidifiers and consult other parents, salespeople and their child’s pediatricians. A premium Humidifier is not useful if the maintenance or installation is wrong.
In choosing a Humidifier, the parent consumer should take the above-mentioned descriptions in mind and also determine the special needs of their child. It is not necessary to spend a fortune on a Humidifier, other economical varieties are available that can perform the basic functions that are desired by parent consumers. Always make sure to consult with your child’s pediatrician to ensure that you are meeting the special needs of your child before procuring a Humidifier. It is also recommended for parent consumers to register their Humidifier with manufacturers in instances of defects or product recalls.