Humidifiers are devices which release moisture into the air. The reasons why a humidifier is useful include:

1. Helps relieve dry, itchy skin. This condition is most evident during the cool months, but depending on where you live, you may notice dry skin all year round.

2. Helps prevent and alleviate the symptoms of the common cold, flu, asthma, sore throats and sinus.

The desired level of humidity is 30 to 40%. Indoor spaces can have a level of humidity as low as 10%. When using a humidifier be careful not to over-humidify your room. Excess air humidity can increase the growth of mold.

How do you know what is the current level of humidity in your room? Humidity can be measured with the help of a hygrometer. Some humidifiers have a built-in humidity measuring device, which guarantees that your room is always at the right level of humidity. This is not only very healthy, it can also save money by conserving energy once the desired humidity level has been reached.

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The most common types of humidifiers include:

Cool Mist Humidifiers: these are usually more energy efficient because it does not allow for over-humidity in the air.

Warm Mist Humidifiers: these are humidifiers where the water is boiled, then cooled, and then released into the air, guaranteeing that most of the bacteria found in the water die before it reaches the air as steam. These humidifiers may be used as vaporizers, or inhalers. Be careful to avoid burns, and always follow the manufacturer's safety guide.

When buying a humidifier you will want to consider the following:

Auto shut off when the water tank is empty
A clear water tank so that you can easily tell when to refill
Decide between a cool mist or warm mist humidifier
Consider how tolerant you are of noise. Most humidifiers will cause noise, except for the ultrasonic humidifiers since these do not use a fan.

Always follow the manufacturer's safety recommendations. Array

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