Humidifiers have become an essential tool among households all across the world for their wide array of health benefits and functionality, especially cool mist humidifiers.
When it comes to purchasing a humidifier, you are going to want to be sure that you fully understand what you are getting and all of the benefits you could be receiving from it. As always, being sure to purchase a high quality device should be at the front of your mind. There’s nothing worse than getting something you’re excited about, then discovering that almost none of the features work correctly after a month or so. For this reason it is crucial to get an ETL safety certified humidifier. An ETL safety certification can give you the confidence in knowing that the motor of the device has no pre-existing issues, and that certain electronic features such as auto shut-off are working properly upon purchase.
When looking into purchasing an ETL safety certified humidifier, here are some things that you may want to know before making the big purchase.
Cool Mist vs. Warm Mist
Everyone knows that humidifiers are great for the winter months because they can serve as a moisturizer for the air. But why are there two different types, and what are the main differences between them?
The way a humidifier works is by sending water molecules into the air to latch on to unwanted airborne bacteria, ultimately bringing them down to the floor level so that they can no longer potentially be breathed in by anyone in the area. Thus, leaving the air fresh and clean. Now that that’s out of the way, we can dive into the differences between the two.
Warm Mist Humidifier
The first type is the warm mist humidifier. These use heat in order to turn water into steam and send it out into the surrounding area. This is great for someone experiencing a cold and has the ability to stay near the humidifier. It’s not so great for someone needing a larger area to be affected. Because it uses steam to disperse the mist, the range is very limited. As the steam travels through the air it cools. When steam cools, it simply turns back into water and drops to the floor. Thus, not spending much time in the air purifying the unwanted bacteria.
Some other cons of a warm mist humidifier are that It can be dangerous for homes with children and/or pets because it can get fairly hot, as well as how loud it can be when it operates. If you are a light sleeper, it could prove to be an issue.
Cool Mist Humidifier
The second type of humidifier is the cool mist humidifier. These humidifiers use an ultrasonic motor that curates vibration inorder to create drops of water that are then turned into mist and sprayed out into the room. Unlike warm mist humidifiers, cool mist molecules will not fall to the ground as quickly allowing them to affect more bacteria in the surrounding area. This gives cool mist humidifiers a range of about 300 to 500 square feet.
Most high quality cool mist humidifiers also come equipped with a tray specifically for the use of essential oils. All you would need to do to use it is take your favorite essential oil, put a few drops in the tray, and feel the health benefits as the fresh aroma fills the air around you.
There aren’t really any cons to the cool mist humidifier. It’s quiet with a large range of effects, it’s safe for children and pets, and they are easy to find with ETL safety certifications. It is an overall no brainer as to why people tend to prefer them over warm mist humidifiers.
Humidifiers alone come chock full of benefits. Having purified and moisturized air to breathe when experiencing sickness, allergies, or even just dry skin can do wonders for your recovery. Knowing the difference in the two different types is a crucial step to figuring out what is best for you and your household. Now that you have done the research, you have all you need to take a deep dive and figure out exactly what unit you think is best.
Be sure to get all of the features you want and that they are all ETA safety certified. You will love having the confidence in knowing that the motor, the automatic shut-off function, and the essential oil tray are all operating at full capacity. Best of luck on your health journey and happy humidifying!