Why do people with asthma buy humidifiers?
When you have asthma, the airways that supply oxygen to the lungs become constricted. This makes it harder to breathe and can lead to wheezing and even coughing. At night, you want to be able to get a good night’s sleep, and the inability to breathe can significantly impact this. A humidifier outputs extra moisture in the air which will make it easier to breathe. The extra moisture softens the airways, putting less stress on the delicate tissues. As well, when air has more moisture in it, it also means that it will have more oxygen in it. This means the lungs don’t have to work as hard, giving you a much more peaceful slumber.
Keep in mind that these devices can not only help with asthma. Many people buy humidifiers for dry skin hydration, especially during the winter season. Others use humidifiers for cough and sinus problems relief. In a word, these devices are so versatile you can’t help but getting one.
Features to consider while choosing a humidifier
There are many features to consider with a humidifier. Read on to learn more about what differentiates one product from another.
Humidifiers can produce either cold mist, warm mist, or the option of either. Cold mist is nice and refreshing in the summer, but warm mist is particularly comforting in the winter. More often, humidifiers are used in colder months, during cold and flu season, so it’s always nice to have a humidifier with the option of warm mist. Be aware that if you plan on using a humidifier in a large room, office, or whole apartment, by the time the air particles get to you, chances are they will be room temperature.
Water tank capacity
A water tank capacity is vital for two reasons. First, the larger the tank, the larger the humidifier. If you have a small space like an apartment, then you will want a smaller humidifier, and smaller water tank. If, however, you need a humidifier for a large room or even an office, then there will be space for a water tank with a bigger capacity.
Water tank capacity also reflects just how often you need to refill the humidifier. Small water tanks mean having to refill more often. If you just want a humidifier to be on for a few hours, then a small tank will suffice. If, however, you want your humidifier to be on all night long, be sure to find a water tank that will last. Otherwise, you will have to make waking up to refill the tank part of your nightly routine.
Mist time refers to how long a humidifier can last before the water runs out. There are usually a few settings on a humidifier, so even if a product states that it can last 24 hours, this may be just at the lowest setting. If you set the humidifier on high, then the water could run out in only 12 hours.
If you plan on using your humidifier at night, then be sure to select a product with a mist time of at least 10 hours. This should guarantee that it will still be running as you wake up.
The coverage area of a humidifier refers to the square footage of a room that the humidifier will work in. Some humidifiers, like the InvisiPure Alta Cool Mist Humidifier and the Fancii Cool Mist Personal Mini Humidifier are best for areas under 200 square feet, a small living room or bedroom. Other humidifiers, like the Bizond Ultrasonic Humidifier can be used in large rooms, and even whole apartments.
There are those that need the gentle hum of white noise to fall asleep. There are others that will snarl like a dog if anyone dares to even whisper at night. Each humidifier has a different noise level, and this can be one of the most important features to consider as it all comes down to personal taste. Those that like quiet should consider a humidifier which produces less than 30 dB of noise.
Essential oils diffuser
Essential oils are all the rage right now. Not only do they smell pleasant, but they also can help calm emotions and relax after a hard day at work. If you are interested in essential oils, invest in a humidifier that has the option of also being a diffuser. This way you can save both money and space as you won’t need two large machines in your room. Products such as the InvisiPure Alta Cool Mist Humidifier and the Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier can be used as diffusers.
Small humidifiers take up less space, but also have much smaller water tanks. Therefore, they will not last very long between refills. Large humidifiers take up more space, but their mist time is longer. Most humidifiers are medium-sized. They are meant to be placed on a table or shelf and are usually not higher than 12 inches.
If you have a particular space that you envision your humidifier to be, be sure to measure and compare with the product features.
There are many additional features that a humidifier may come with. As they are machines, a warranty is always a bonus. Most will come with a one-year warranty, but be sure to check what the customer service is like should there be any issues.
Humidifiers produce moist air, but they also work to purify it. In this case, a filter will need to be changed. It’s always a nice bonus when extra filters are included as it cuts down on the overall cost. Try to find out what type of filters is needed and how convenient they will be to replace in the future.
Most humidifiers are electrical, but some smaller ones are battery-operated. Check to see if a humidifier comes with these batteries or if you need to purchase them separately.
Finally, one of the coolest extra features of a humidifier is if it can also act as a nightlight or mood enhancer. Calming LED lights mean the humidifier can be displayed front and center in your room. It can also serve as a reassuring nightlight for an anxious toddler.