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Best Humidifier for Your Home

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Black ultrasonic humidifier cools room

Sleep better and get rid of stuffy noses when you buy a humidifier for your home. Whether you need a mini humidifier to place in your bedroom or a portable humidifier to keep in your living room for extra moisture, you'll find the right air humidifier to put in every room with the following suggestions. Read on for tips on finding the best humidifier for your home.

Shopping for Humidifiers:

  1. Choose the right size. Look at models with different sizes and capacities before you buy a humidifier. If you plan to stick the unit on your dresser or nightstand to use while you sleep, a mini humidifier may work best. A mini humidifier typically holds about one liter of water; for a larger room, you'll want to buy a room humidifier that holds at least a gallon of water.

  2. Decide between cool-mist and warm-mist models. If you need to treat allergies or asthma, a cool-mist humidifier will probably work best for you. This type of air humidifier is filled with cold water, which cools the temperature of the room as it turns to vapor. A cool-mist humidifier is usually safest for the home because it doesn't contain a heating element and only uses cold water. A warm-mist humidifier, on the other hand, boils water and produces steam in small area of the room. Use this type of humidifier, especially a portable humidifier, for easy breathing in a cold room or for steaming medicine, such as camphor, menthol or peppermint oil, to treat a cold or a sore throat. Make sure you clean your warm-mist humidifier frequently, as bacteria can grow easier in warm water.

  3. Look for convenient features. The best humidifier will make the air in your home easier to breathe and will be easy to use whenever you need it. Look for a personal humidifier with a large water tank so you don't have to fill it as frequently, and find a model that shuts off automatically when the tank is empty so you save energy. An ultrasonic humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to create vapor and is extremely quiet, which is important if you'll be using this type of personal humidifier as you sleep. Make sure to find an ultrasonic humidifier with a simple design that is easy to clean, too, as these models must be disinfected frequently.

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