12 Best Humidifiers for Bedrooms in 2023: Dyson, Honeywell, Homedics
Your head is on your favorite silk pillowcase, you’re wrapped up in the best cooling bed sheets, and your white noise machine is humming. The best humidifiers for bedrooms could make drifting off even dreamier—especially if you live in a dry climate or during winter when indoor air tends to be drier, says Brian Greenberg, MD, an allergist in California. “They can help keep your throat and nasal passages hydrated, which can reduce snoring and make for a more comfortable sleep,” he says. Not to mention, a quality humidifier can help soothe dry skin, improve air quality, and even help your plant babies thrive in the winter months.
What does a humidifier do?
They release either cool mist, water vapor (warm mist), or ultrasonic frequencies that send water droplets into a space to increase moisture levels in the air, also known as humidity, says Michael Breus, PhD, a.k.a. The Sleep Doctor. “The choice between a cool mist and a warm mist humidifier primarily depends on personal preference and the specific needs of your home or health situation,” says Dr. Greenberg. “Both types effectively add moisture to the air, aiding in the relief of dry skin, congestion, allergies, and other symptoms associated with dry air.”
When should you use a humidifier?
Humidifiers are generally used in the cold season, thanks to their ability to ease dry, chapped lips, scratchy throats, and parched skin. However, some people use them to relieve discomfort caused by pollen and mold in the spring and summer, so it’s not unheard of to keep them running in warmer months or year-round, especially if you have allergies. The most popular time to use a humidifier is while you sleep at night, but there are portable (and cute!) humidifiers designed with desk spaces in mind.
“The best type of humidifier for sleep tends to be a cool-mist humidifier,” says Dr. Greenberg. “The cool mist can make breathing more comfortable, particularly if you’re dealing with congestion or respiratory issues.” And if you’re concerned about noise from the fan, look for a humidifier with ultrasonic technology—these are usually quieter and therefore less disruptive to your sleep, he explains.
Does a humidifier help with a cough or allergies?
In short: yes. Adding moisture to dry air can help ease cough or congestion, but be wary of overuse, warns the Cleveland Clinic, noting that too-high humidity levels can actually worsen allergies and asthma, and promote the growth of mold, bacteria, dust mites, and mildew. Following the maintenance instructions for your machine will help to keep it clean, ensuring it’s not emitting harmful bacteria into the air and making your health problems worse.
How close should a humidifier be to your bed?
This doesn’t matter much when you’re dealing with cool-mist humidifiers, but you should place warm-mist humidifiers (i.e., steam vaporizers) farther away from your bed for safety reasons, especially while you sleep. In kids’ rooms, avoid warm-mist humidifiers altogether. “Cool-mist humidifiers are often recommended for use in homes with children, because they don’t present the burn risk associated with warm mist humidifiers,” says Dr. Greenberg. As a nice bonus, they are also more energy-efficient, since they don’t use heat to evaporate the water, he adds.
How do you clean a humidifier?
Regardless of the type of humidifier you choose to use, it’s essential to maintain proper cleaning practices, says Dr. Greenberg. Instead of just filling the tank with tap water, “use distilled water or demineralized water to minimize mineral dust, which could potentially exacerbate allergy symptoms,” he says. And because bacteria thrive in moist environments, it’s vital to empty, rinse, and dry the reservoir daily.
The best humidifiers of 2023
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What’s in this guide
Best overall humidifier: TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
Best humidifier for large rooms: Vicks V5100NS
Best humidifier for bedrooms: Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
How we tested
How we rated
Other humidifiers we tested
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While humidifiers seem like a no-brainer when winter rolls around, carrying with it lots of dry air, they’re actually great to have around all year long as they help to mitigate everything from sinus problems to allergies.
Humidifiers come in many different forms: cool mist, diffuser, top fill… The list goes on. The machines are different from air purifiers that make your air cleaner and there are a number of factors you need to consider before buying one. For instance, do you need a small humidifier to keep your skin refreshed? Or maybe you’re looking for a larger unit to keep a whole floor at the proper moisture levels. How about a humidifier to help with a congested little one? Good news: There’s a humidifier for almost every situation.
In order to find the best humidifier for your needs, we researched the top offerings on the market, diving into editorial and user reviews, comparing the latest models and pulling together a pool of the nine top options. Once we settled on those, we tested and retested them in real-world settings using a considerable range of criteria (detailed below) over several weeks. We steamed, we cool-misted, we filled tanks, we tested for humidity levels and we cleaned the heck out of these machines to determine the best humidifiers, ultimately settling on three standouts:
TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
Best overall humidifier
The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier ramped up the humidity in a room in about an hour and it sustained those humidity levels over the longest period of time — 24 hours, to be exact. We also loved how easy to use and easy to clean this humidifier was.
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Best humidifier for large rooms
The Vicks V5100NS is a powerhouse with a larger tank than many of the other humidifiers we tested. Great for filling up big spaces, this humidifier runs very quietly and holds enough water to keep going all day and night.
$94.76 at Walmart
Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Best humidifier for bedrooms
The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier makes virtually no noise and has a night light function that gives the cute teardrop-shaped machine a soft glow. The automatic shutoff means it’ll never be erroneously run throughout the day.
$39. 99 at Walmart
$39.99 at The Home Depot
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TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
We put this humidifier through all the paces, trying it in different rooms of varying sizes, and it clearly stood out as the top performer. It was simple to get up and running out of the box, it was easy to clean without a lot of mess and it got the job done better and more efficiently than any other humidifier we tested.
The highlight might just be how boring it is. If a humidifier is grabbing your attention, then it’s just not doing its job. The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier came in first because it’s truly a set-it-and-forget-it machine. During our testing, the humidifier cranked out over 24 hours of optimal humidity in our tests, staying right at 35% (which is in line with the Envionmental Protection Agency’s recommended humidity levels — and we cross-checked with our external reader, of course). It took only an hour to get to those optimal levels, and humidity levels never spiked across 24 hours of use. We found avoiding a steamy room crucial to our vetting process, as some humidifiers can lead to sticky atmospheres.
This workhorse cranked humidity for over 24 hours without a hiccup (including refilling the tank) multiple days in a row, which was impressive for how compact it is, compared to larger (and less attractive) models. In fact, only one humidifier that we tested ran longer on one tank (the Magictec, which ultimately had a lower-quality experience all around). Since the EPA recommends that humidity in homes remain between 30% and 50%, and our testing took place during a particularly dry week in the Northeast, we looked at how long it took to hit 35% humidity and how long it stayed there. The built-in reader on this humidifier was consistent with our external gauge readings and flawlessly managed to maintain a healthy level in the room without any futzing.
From the get-go, the TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier was a breeze to use. It was packaged so that the unit was easy to remove and assemble, and it was filled and misting in short order. The bulk of this humidifier is the tank (which lights up — more on that later) so it takes up minimal space — yet another reason this ranked as our top choice.
It was also a standout when it came to cleaning, which is huge if you’ve ever dealt with a gross, moldy humidifier filter or tank. The reusable filter is permanent (read: You don’t have to buy replacements and change it all the time). It does need to be soaked in vinegar once a month, depending on how hard your water is, to keep it clean. If you have hard water, you probably know that it contains higher amounts of dissolved calcium and magnesium. While this isn’t harmful, it can leave buildup on household fixtures — like your humidifier. It’s easy to remove the filter from the cap where it’s attached in order to clean it. With a handle on the top and on the bottom, this was the easiest humidifier to refill, and it didn’t spill water on the floor (or us) in the process.
We also found in our testing that getting the proper-size humidifier for rooms and spaces was key — with some larger humidifiers overwhelming smaller rooms with moisture, and some smaller units not having the power to really make a room comfortable. This one worked well in a variety of room sizes (working effortlessly and efficiently in spaces from 400 to 500 square feet).
And the TaoTronics won’t be distracting while you sleep, as the light display has a night mode that dims, leaving just a tiny green light. Or, if you prefer a night light, the tank can be illuminated, creating a soft glow in the room that might be soothing for little ones. It’s also extremely quiet (it notched a perfect score in our testing for this aspect).
The only negative: The machine, while not aesthetically unpleasing, is available only in white, which may be an issue for some decor schemes. However, at under 50 bucks, if you’re looking for a plug-and-play humidifier you can mostly set and forget, unless it needs refilling and the occasional filter cleaning, the TaoTronics Cool Mist is the clear winner based on our testing.
Coming in a few points behind the TaoTronics, with a solid, attractive build and larger tank size capacity, the Vicks V5100NS is the humidifier you want in larger spaces. This is a hardworking machine that quickly increases air moisture, easily filling open spaces — we tested it in a space that was roughly 500 square feet — in just over an hour’s time (one hour and 10 minutes, to be exact). In that time, the Vicks V5100NS got the humidity rating up to 35%, according to the off-board humidity reader we used to gauge accuracy.
With a tank that holds 1.5 gallons of water — most of the others we tested held a gallon or far less — this humidifier required no assembly and, once full, was ready to crank out over 20 hours of 35% humidity in one go on a very dry day in a 200-year-old home (not exactly a lab, but probably very much like your life).
With adjustable misting functionality, you can make the Vicks spray in any direction you like, such as away from delicate furnishings and decor, or toward plants. And it’s very quiet — we noted it has the faintest, barely audible hum during our testing — while in use. It also held steady at 35% humidity and never made the space feel sticky or steamy.
What held this filter-free humidifier back from being our top pick was a slight difficulty in cleaning the tank, which is recommended on a weekly basis. You can only reach it at an awkward angle that makes it challenging to thoroughly scrub. Also, when turned to high humidity, the spray can be a lot! If you have hardwood floors or anything that could be easily damaged, you’ll want to put the Vicks V5100NS on an elevated surface to avoid condensation, which is fairly common and a tip for your use. Because of the heavy misting, trust us: This is made for larger rooms, as when we tested in smaller spaces, humidity levels started to spike.
With its larger tanks and powerhouse performance, this Vicks humidifier is the ideal pick for large, open spaces.
Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
With a sleek, dare we say “water forward” droplet-style design, the Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is a stunner out of the box. It’s also easy to set up; just rinse out with water, fill, plug in and turn on. And, as we mentioned above (because we can’t mention this enough), it’s extremely quiet — emitting the barest whisper of a hum.
While this humidifier has a smaller tank than our other top picks, it easily runs overnight for the promised 16 hours, a shorter duration than some of the bigger models. But the upside of that smaller tank? It’s easy to fill in the bathroom sink (so no trip to the kitchen is necessary) without getting water everywhere.
The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier lost points for taking over an hour to get even the smaller rooms we used for testing to the optimal moisture levels. It made those points back, though, because it kept the moisture level consistent. Again, we give points for not steaming up the room. Because this humidifier seemed to perform best in a small room or bedroom (about 400 square feet) versus larger spaces, we couldn’t give this the title of best overall, but it is a great addition to a desk or nightstand.
While this humidifier was easy to clean, many reviewers noted they used only distilled water — either filtered at home or that they bought bottled — to keep the humidifier even cleaner. After over a month of testing, we did not notice any buildup from tap water, but it could be an issue over a longer period of time.
What we love about this for bedrooms and kids’ rooms is the night light functionality that makes the whole machine and tank glow a gentle blue tone. While some of the other units have dimming lights, this one was the softest, giving off a subtle glow that reviewers note “make the product very soothing.” This felt like a special feature that went above and beyond an on/off light.
The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier also had the best warranty of our top three, at five years. Couple that with its quietness and nighttime features, and this is the pick for any bedroom.
The testing process for these humidifiers was comprehensive and lasted more than a month. We really wanted to get to the core of what would be most important to someone looking for a humidifier, with functionality, durability and, of course, value being paramount. We tested each machine at least twice over the course of a month, and in different spaces, for ease of setup and use, humidity levels (and the speed it took to get there) and ease of refilling and cleaning. We made notes about getting the humidifiers out of their boxes and set up, which humidifiers were difficult to clean and maintain, timed how long they took to raise humidity levels and how messy the whole process was. We took special note of which machines had distracting lights, and what the warranties looked like.
- Humidity level: We tracked this with an external humidity reader that told us the humidity levels each machine was able to get to, and how fast. We did each test in a partially enclosed kitchen and tried to control for external humidity as much as possible, but weather does what it wants sometimes!
- Consistency: We also used the reader to see if humidity stayed at the same levels, with a focus on overhumidifying a room, because a warm, steamy room and mold are not desired outcomes.
- Ease of cleaning: Could we get in to clean the parts easily? Did it require a lot of disassembly? Was it heavy or awkward? Did water get everywhere? These are some of the things we considered for ease of cleaning.
- Noise levels: Since many of us like a humidifier in the bedroom, silence — or at least a low hum — is pretty much nonnegotiable.
- Setup: We looked at whether directions were inscrutable or if the whole process was painless, because humidifiers should be easy to use and set up.
- Longevity: Ever feel like getting up in the middle of the night and refilling a humidifier? Didn’t think so. For this, we looked at how long the various machines’ tanks lasted.
- Overall quality: For every machine we unboxed, we looked at how the parts fit together, if it felt and looked flimsy and if it easily fit back together after the tank was filled.
- Tank size: What we learned in this process is that a big tank isn’t always best, as some large tanks were difficult to fill and sometimes smaller tanks lasted longer.
- Lights and design elements: Much like noise levels, many find bright lights or other design elements like LED displays detrimental to a good night’s sleep. So we looked at whether those were included and if so, whether they could be adjusted or shut off completely.
- What kind of warranty: We graded warranties by length, so you know you’ll be getting a product you can trust.
Using the procedures described above, we gave each humidifier a score in each subcategory, then combined those numbers for a maximum score in each category, then totaled those numbers for a final overall score. We broke down the scores as follows:
- Overall function had a maximum of 60 points: speed to a humidity point (10 points), consistent humidity (10 points), humidity reader accuracy (10 points), ease of cleaning (10 points), noise levels (10 points), ease of setup (5 points) and how long the tank lasts (5 points).
- Build had a maximum of 35 points: overall build (15 points), tank size (10 points) and lights/distracting design (10 points).
- Warranty had a maximum of five points: zero to two years (0 points), three to five years (2 points) and five or more years (5 points).
- Other factors: In addition to our points rubric, we considered other factors like price and the device’s capabilities compared to other models.
Out of two Honeywell humidifiers we tested, this one was the higher scorer and a strong contender for runner-up status. This machine was kind of a beast in the best possible way, and would be a good choice for creating moisture in a larger space. It stayed consistent overnight and kept several rooms comfortable during our tests.
In a slight downside, this machine felt bigger than it actually needed to be, with two unwieldy top-fill tanks, but it was extremely sturdy. Initially we dragged the tanks to the sink to fill, but then (a revelation!) we realized it was much easier to fill them up by bringing a pitcher of water to them. No more awkward struggling with a wet tank. With a three-year limited warranty, it’s a good investment. We also liked that it’s available in both black and white, because options are a good thing.
Not only the cutest of the products we tested — we tried out the fox, but the chicken, frog, Hello Kitty and other character versions are adorable as well — this machine is also an easy-to-use humidifier. We loved the looks for kids (and kids at heart), along with the lack of sound and bright lights to keep little ones awake.
The simple dial allows for easy adjustment of humidity, and the humidifier runs efficiently and is easy to set up. Since it doesn’t need a filter, the machine should be cleaned with a water-and-vinegar mix fairly frequently depending on use. We really liked the ease of this charming humidifier, but it does take well over an hour to reach the desired humidity rate of 35% in a bedroom. It never made the room overly steamy, however, which we awarded points for.
The smallest humidifier we tested, this machine has a tiny tank that gives off low humidity for eight hours. It really wasn’t able to provide a high humidity level in a room larger than a bathroom, or maintain a consistent humidity level, all of which cost it points.
We’d classify this as more of an essential oil diffuser than a humidifier, and what we liked about it was it was quiet, had a stylish, clean design and a soft light that changes colors. You can also add essential oils for a relaxing spa experience in your bedroom or bathroom. For the record, we loved this tiny machine for the aforementioned purpose, but it’s not ideal for someone looking to alleviate breathing issues and add major moisture to their home.
This humidifier has great looks but wasn’t the best build right out of the box because of the confusing instructions, which we found overly wordy and complicated when compared to the instructions for the other units. However, the humidity went straight to 37% in the rooms we tested, and stayed there, per our external reader and the humidifier’s own reader. It ran super quietly, emitting very little noise for almost two days set to low.
This machine got low marks due to the difficulty of cleaning. It was hard to get the water out of the base, and much of it ended up on our clothes and the floor. It was also challenging to fill without making a mess, and we spent quite a bit of time on the floor with a towel cleaning up after this humidifier (at least it’s only water!). For the price, it did not seem well built.
What we liked about this machine is how fast it raised the levels of humidity in the rooms we tested it in, and how simple it was to adjust those levels with the simple front-facing dial. Set to low, it kept going for an incredible almost 40 hours!
The humidifier comes in black, has a simple, stylish look and is easy to use right out of the box. The build felt really flimsy compared to the other humidifiers we tested. The water tank sat very loosely on the base, and when people walked by it rattled a little. That said, it was super easy to clean and got the job done, and we like it for the price.
While some of the machines we tested ramped up the room humidity quickly, this one really cranked up fast, getting to 35% humidity in under an hour. But it felt like it didn’t stop blowing steam and made the room feel super steamy. While it didn’t have any lights that were distracting, it was the least aesthetically appealing humidifier we tested. It ran for a solid 24 hours but was too strong, and it was difficult to adjust the levels of humidity.
The biggest points detractor, however, was the build on this humidifier, which was surprisingly shoddy. Whenever we picked up the machine the bottom would fall off and clatter on the floor. The bottom was supposed to be removable for easy cleaning but was actually super awkward to deal with.
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Waking up with a sudden bout of coughing and immediately reaching for a glass of water? The dry air in the room really interferes with enjoying a sweet night’s sleep, creating a lot of inconvenience for the whole body. From overdried mucous membranes to dehydrated flaky skin and hair with static electricity, the Leben air humidifier helps to solve all these problems. Cause? The air conditioner produces water vapor that increases the humidity in the environment, which prevents snoring, dry throats, chapped lips, and other problems associated with dry air.
Can I sleep with a humidifier every night?
Numerous studies have proven that it is better to sleep with a humidifier than without it. A person sleeping in a healthy microclimate wakes up fresh, alert, without coughing and bleeding in the sinuses. A child who sleeps with a humidifier is less cranky because he sleeps peacefully through the night. In addition, there are many other reasons to run a humidifier in the bedroom every night:
- Improve sleep quality
The climate technology, which works all night, maintains the ideal level of humidity. Most people cannot sleep well if the air is too dry. They feel constant irritation in their mouth, throat and nose. Dry air also increases the production of mucus in the nose, making it difficult to breathe through narrower airways. In addition, dry air causes snoring. A common condition that causes you to wake up gasping or disturb your partner’s sleep. If you do not want to suffer from suffocation and ruin your relationship with your soulmate, we recommend buying a Leben air humidifier.
- Forget about morning nosebleeds
If you wake up every morning with a stuffy nose or regularly experience sinus bleeding, install air conditioning in your bedroom. Dry air immobilizes the protective membranes in the nose and prevents the mucous membranes from trapping germs, causing them to enter the lungs and cause an allergic reaction. Allergens cause colds, including chronic sinusitis. In chronic disease, the space around the nasal passages swells or becomes inflamed. A humidifier should run all night to reduce the chance of illness and nosebleeds.
- Reduce the risk of infectious diseases
The ultrasonic device reduces contamination by airborne germs. If you cough or sneeze in dry air, germs stay in the environment for a few more hours. But if the air is well-moistened, the bacteria immediately settle on surfaces, reducing the risk of them entering the respiratory tract of another person. According to research, a 40% humidity level deactivates the influenza virus particle. The virus goes into hibernation and becomes less contagious.
- Quickly recover from diseases
Here’s a fact that most people don’t know. You will recover faster from cuts and illnesses with a humidifier because water vapor hydrates the skin and saturates the body with more oxygen. The more oxygen supplied, the faster a person recovers from infectious diseases. Humid air also liquefies thick layers of germ-filled mucus. The more mucus can be removed, the faster the person overcomes the disease.
- Say goodbye to morning hoarseness
Run a humidifier all night to wake up with a normal voice in the morning. A hoarse voice in the morning is a problem for people who breathe through their mouths while they sleep, which causes the vocal cords to dry out. This usually happens because their nose is heavily clogged with mucus due to the dry air. Not to be confused with “reflux”, which affects the voice in the morning due to inflammation of the larynx.
- Forget about static electricity
If your clothes are electrocuted and your hair is sticking out in all directions, it’s time to buy a humidifier. This is especially true in winter, when heaters dry out the air a lot. Maintaining a normal level of humidity in the environment reduces the buildup of static charge.
- Moisturize skin
The ultrasonic device prevents water loss from the deep layers of the epidermis. Moisturized skin responds better to cosmetic products and recovers faster. Dry skin looks dull, constantly faced with itching, flaking and eczema. It is also one of the main factors accelerating its aging. Sleeping with a humidifier keeps skin radiant and youthful.
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How to properly use a humidifier in the bedroom?
To the question: is it possible to turn on the humidifier for the whole night? – we answer: Yes, it is safe, but only if you use it correctly and clean it regularly. Here are some helpful tips:
- We strongly recommend the use of cold humidifiers. Models that emit hot steam can cause burns.
- To achieve an ideal result, climate control equipment is placed at a distance of 1-2 meters from the bed.
- Buy a hygrometer to measure the humidity of the environment and turn on the humidifier at a certain time. Continuous use of the appliance can lead to the growth of fungus and mold, which will harm people with respiratory problems. If the air level is 55%, you do not need climate technology.
- Humidifiers keep water in and throw it out to humidify the environment. To avoid the growth of bacteria inside the device, it is recommended to clean it 2 times a week.
- To enhance the moisturizing effect, you can use distilled water instead of tap water. This will prevent the accumulation of sediment or minerals from running water.
- Place the humidifier on high ground to irrigate the entire bedroom space.
- Never turn on a dirty appliance, otherwise your well-being will be adversely affected.
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Where to place the humidifier in the bedroom?
Climatic equipment should stand on a raised platform – at least 50 cm above the floor level. We recommend placing the appliance on a microfiber mat to protect furniture from moisture damage. Some models release a large amount of steam to cover a large room. If you place the device too high – on the cabinet, the steam will hit the ceiling, and if you place it too low – only the floor will be moistened.
We recommend installing a larger appliance in the corner of the bedroom so that it does not interfere with you and can completely humidify the entire room. If you bought air conditioning equipment solely to improve the quality of sleep, place it closer to the bed. Never store the device on a window in direct sunlight.
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How close can the humidifier be placed to the bed?
One of the main tips for using a humidifier in the bedroom is to place it at the right distance from the bed. Experts recommend installing climate control equipment a meter from the sleeping bed. If space is limited, place the device closer without any harm to health. It is convenient to keep silent ultrasonic humidifiers with cold mist near the bed. The sound of a fan or dripping water right next to your ear can be annoying and disturb your sleep.
In addition, it is important that the steam fog spreads throughout the room, and not concentrated under your nose. Moist air thins the mucus, making it easier to breathe. And while a humidifier next to your head might seem like a good idea at first to make it easier to breathe, it’s a bad idea in the long run.
What should be the humidity level in the bedroom?
The optimal level of humidity in the bedroom is 45-50%. Values above this mark can lead to the appearance of mold and fungus.
What type of water should be used in the humidifier?
Distilled water is boiled chilled water free of contaminants, bacteria, minerals and salt. Additionally, it is filtered, and therefore is perfectly clean. Such water is best suited for climate technology, since after the release of steam it does not leave white marks on furniture.
Demineralized water is water that is completely free of minerals. Unlike distillation, this method does not remove viruses and germs.
When water is selected, it is important to prevent mold growth in the device. Here are some simple tips:
- Add white vinegar to the air conditioner to inhibit mold growth.
- Humidifier tablets dissolve in 10 minutes and keep the water tank clean.
- Add antibacterial tea tree oil to keep water clean and scented.
How often should you clean your humidifier? Ideally, every day, but if there is no time for this, then 1 time in three days. Empty the tank of water and soak it in white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
Where to put the humidifier in the room?
Rules for installing a humidifier
Choosing a room for installing a humidifier
Humidifier in the kitchen
Humidifier in the living room
Humidifier in the bedroom or children’s room
Humidifier in the study or school room
Humidifier in the winter garden or greenhouse
Rooms that do not need a humidifier
Everyone knows about the properties and benefits of a humidifier. However, it is not enough just to buy a device. You need to know where the air humidifier should be placed so that it maintains a comfortable microclimate and brings maximum benefits to the body. This is the subject of our article.
Where to put the humidifier in the room
A humidifier is a device that maintains optimal humidity in rooms, which is beneficial for human health. However, the efficiency of its work directly depends on the operating conditions.
- The appliance must be placed on a level surface. Even with a slight inclination, it can cope with its functions worse, moreover, it is easy to overturn it in an unstable position.
- The appliance must be at least 50 cm from the floor. It is best if it is separated from the floor by 1 m (except for special floor models). In this position, the steam emitted by it dissipates in the air quite high and, falling down, moisturizes more evenly.
- The distance between the appliance and walls or other vertical surfaces must be more than 30 cm. This will prevent white “fog” from settling on furniture and walls.
- The jet of steam emitted by the appliance must be directed towards the center of the room. If it is directed at books, upholstered furniture, a TV or other equipment, at best, stains may form on them, and at worst, your property will be damaged. Even the use of distilled, filtered or boiled water does not solve this problem.
- The device must not be located near heating appliances and the breather. The first increase the temperature of the air and reduce its humidity, and because of the second, the formation of condensate increases. Even if these devices are in the room, they must be at least 30 cm away from the humidifier.
- Keep the humidifier out of sight of children and animals. It is safe for both equipment and family members.
As a rule, an air humidifier is used in residential and domestic premises with an area of 20-50 square meters. m. Accordingly, the larger the area, the larger should be the volume of the device. If in a small bedroom you can limit yourself to a device with a capacity of 500 ml, in a spacious living room it is recommended to use a model with a capacity of 90 l.
Fill the tank with boiled, distilled or filtered water. If the device supports the air purification function, change the filters and nozzles regularly.
Choosing a room for installing a humidifier
Having figured out how to install a humidifier, proceed to the selection of a suitable room for it.
Humidifier in the kitchen
This installation method is suitable if the area of the room is at least 20 square meters. m. The same situation – if the kitchen is used for temporary care of seedlings. In this case, the device is placed on the windowsill, since the humidity in the rooms is already increasing due to plants.
In spacious kitchen-dining rooms, it is better to place the humidifier away from the sink and stove, preferably against the wall. The recommendation is also relevant for studio apartments in which the kitchen is combined with the living area.
Installing the appliance in a small kitchen threatens to increase the humidity of the air. This can lead to the fact that mold will begin to appear in the corners, and parquet and kitchen fronts will begin to swell.
Humidifier in the living room
Usually the living room is the largest room in terms of area. In addition, it is here that all family members most often gather. When installing a humidifier in it, the usual rules apply:
- High capacity floor humidifier is installed on a flat, moisture-resistant surface covered with tiles or linoleum. In the event of improper use or breakage, liquid can accumulate under it, which can damage the floor covering.
- Mobile units are installed on window sills, coffee tables, shelves or pedestals. In this case, it is desirable to place it so that the steam flow is directed to the center of the room, and not to the furniture. Otherwise, the surfaces may suffer from excessive moisture, and when using tap or boiled water, a white “fog” will settle on them.
By choosing the right place, you can create a microclimate in one of the most spacious and well-heated rooms that suits all family members.
Humidifier in the bedroom or children’s room
A person spends a significant part of the day in the bedroom. The same applies to the nursery, where the child not only sleeps, but also plays, reads, and does homework. In these rooms, the use of a humidifier is especially important. It will make dry air more humid, creating a comfortable microclimate for sleep and recuperation.
To achieve the effect of using a humidifying device, observe the following conditions:
- Install the appliance away from your bed.
- Choose an appliance that is not too noisy or that has a night mode.
For a younger child’s room, you can choose a model in an unusual color or fantasy design. It is important that the device is out of reach. Some devices are equipped with multi-colored backlight, so they can serve as a night light.
Humidifier in the office or student room
These rooms are designed for work and study. They are equipped with bookcases, shelves and racks that store books, educational materials, computers and office equipment. Therefore, it is important to monitor the humidity parameters here. It should not be high, as this will disrupt the operation of computer equipment, lead to swelling of shelves and paper materials.
If in the room the child not only does homework, but also sleeps, you can install a small air humidifier. It is important that it does not stand on a desk or computer desk. It is better to install it away from the bed in the farthest corner or against the wall.
Humidifier in the winter garden or greenhouse
A device that will stand in a room with a large number of plants must be chosen especially carefully. It is recommended to abandon the ultrasonic device in favor of the steam model. Installing it on a loggia, in a greenhouse or winter garden, think over the arrangement of plants. Moisture-loving plants should be closest to the humidifier, the rest can be placed around the room.