4 Types of Humidifiers with Benefits of Each

No matter if it’s your bedtime comfort or the nutrition issue of your indoor plants, maintaining an optimal humidity comes as many homeowner’s priority. For that reason, everyone goes after the device called ‘humidifier’.

But when you’re up for buying a new humidifier from the market, that’s where the real struggle begins. Based on the current market, there is a handful of variations of humidifiers. And each of them comes with their own set of values and specs.

In today’s article, we’ll break this variation down, with the benefits of using each type of them-

Types of Humidifiers to Use

1 of 4: Warm Mist Humidifiers

The first kind of humidifier basically produces mists that are warmer than ambient (surrounding) temperature. This warm and soothing humidity is strong enough to deal with cold temperatures and its consequences.

Comparing to the other kinds of humidifiers, the closest competitor of warm mist humidifier is cool mist humidifier. But the mist produced from warm-type one is much cleaner than the cool ones. Especially when it’s about achieving a clean and hygienic air, warm mist humidifiers come to be the first choice.

Apart from all these perks, there are a number of consequences that you need to accept as drawbacks of warm mist humidifiers.

Here they go-

Maintaining a warm mist humidifier is quite troublesome, as they require much more cleaning than cool mist humidifiers. Also, warm humidifiers suit more to cover spaces that are confined and small in size.  

Uses of Warm Mist Humidifier

  • To create a warm and soothing mists around.
  • To create cleaner air.
  • To cover a small space with warm mists.
  • Great for use on dry areas that require a little rise in temperature as well.
  • It comes with various fan speeds. 

2 of 4:  Cool Mist Humidifiers

Like the name sounds, cool mist humidifiers are producers of cooler mist compared to the ambient temperature. To produce such mist, it has to draw dry air in, and passes it through a saturated and wick filter. Before releasing it into the space, a filtration system works to filter away the impurities from the air such as dust, minerals, sediments, and other airborne impurities.

Unlike warm mist humidifiers, cool mist ones are able to humidify large rooms. So, if it’s about humidifying office spaces, large living rooms etc., it’s the cool mist humidifier that everyone goes with. Also, cool mist humidifiers are supposed to be easier to breathe.

A small drawback of cool mist humidifiers is, they are quite noisier than almost all other kinds of humidifiers. That makes it quite hard to use at home where you’ve to maintain a silent environment.

Uses of Cool Mist Humidifier

  • Cover large in size spaces with cool, humid mist.
  • To prevent algae and mold building in the air.
  • To use where you need to bring down the temperature in the room.
  • Used as a whole-room air circulation unit.
  • Smaller versions of these are used as the best humidifier for grow tent or room.  

3 of 4:  Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Instead of heating or cooling, an ultrasonic vibrator (that vibrates at an ultrasonic speed) is used here to produce humid mist in an ultrasonic humidifier. The mist that comes out of this kind of humidifier is usually finer and lighter in terms of physical structure. They require quite low maintenance and produce less noise as well.

The only thing that can pull you back from purchasing an ultrasonic humidifier is its price. They are more expensive than both cool and warm mist humidifiers.

Uses of Ultrasonic Humidifier

  • To create a finer and lighter mist to humidify a space.
  • It produces almost no noise while working.
  • The air comes out from these humidifiers at the purest form.

4 of 4:  Whole House Humidifiers

Sometimes, a portable model of a humidifier may not be enough to cover up an entire house or complex. In that case, we don’t have any better alternatives than a whole-house humidifier.

These humidifiers are supposed to be the part of the central HVAC system of a house. To be exact, you have to connect the whole house humidifier with the furnace of the HVAC system and let it cover the large area. In fact, in terms of area coverage, whole house humidifiers are able to cover the largest spaces.

Uses of Whole House Humidifier

  • To cover whole-home units with just one model.
  • To enable the central HVAC system.
  • Takes less frequent filling.
  • A minimal hassle regarding setting it up.

Bottom Line

So far, these had been the major choices of humidifiers around. Apart from these few, you might find some more variations like vaporizers, UltraViolet humidifiers, etc.