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Humidifiers for your home

When outdoor temperatures decreases, moisture and humidity inside your home becomes from pleasant to unlikable. Replacing moisture via cool or warm mist humidifiers can comfort a bunch of physical discomforts, from chapped skin to allergy irritations to cold- and flu-related symptoms. Although intensive moisture isn’t good either: over-humidification provokes a growth of mold, bacteria, and dust mites. You want to get the balance right. This guide will have you breathing easier in no time.

Know the Types

There are two general types of the humidifiers: Warm Mist and Cool Mist. The process of using them and the technology of their working are different, but they both add moisture to the air. Choosing between them is largely a matter of personal preference. Make sure the model you choose is easy to clean. Humidifiers can shelter bacteria if not cleaned regularly. Note: There is a third type of whole-house humidifier. If you have a forced-air heating system and want to humidify the whole house, in-duct or furnace humidifiers are the perfect choice. They are tapped into the air ducts and spread in your home's water supply, so they mostly require professional installation.

Take into account a room size

Perfectly, indoor humidity should be 30 to 50 percent. But without humidification assistance, that level can drop to 10 percent in winter. Cold air holds less moisture and dries out even more when heated by furnaces or wood fires.

To set the humidifier size you need, measure the square footage of the room. Depend on the size you need, you can shop an array of humidifier styles. Making the right choice involves trade-offs in efficiency, noise, and convenience.

Small humidifiers, for rooms up to 300 square feet

Medium humidifiers, for rooms 300 to 499 square feet

For small and medium rooms, tabletop or portable humidifiers are the least expensive, but their small tanks require frequent refills. Make sure your faucet height will accommodate the refill tank.

Large humidifiers, for rooms 500 to 999 square feet

Console models are larger than tabletops, and can also be moved from room to room. It doesn’t metter if it’s evaporative or ultrasonic, console humidifiers produce lots of moist air.

Because of their ability to trade the usual fan for a vibrating nebulizer, ultrasonic humidifiers are quiet. Some warm-mist tabletop models make little or no noise beyond mild boiling and hissing sounds.

Extra-large humidifiers, for spaces 1,000 square feet or more

For large areas, consider buying a quiet ultrasonic console model. In preference, buy an evaporative model and place it away from sleeping areas. A console's larger tank needs fewer refills, but can be tiresome to maneuver. Evaporative models are also louder than ultrasonic models.