We offer two types of cool mist humidifiers which utilize different technologies, ultrasonic or evaporative. A favorite style for bedrooms, ultrasonic humidifiers disperses a micro-fine cool mist silently into your room. An evaporative humidifier utilizes a filter wick to draw water up from the water basin and as natural evaporation occurs an internal fan disperses the moisture into the air. Both types of humidifiers have certain advantages but we believe that ultrasonic humidifiers are best placed in bedrooms while evaporative humidifiers are well suited for larger areas such as living rooms thanks to their ability to humidify much larger areas. Whichever style cool mist humidifier you choose, you will be able to achieve greater moisture levels in the air which will relieve your allergy symptoms, dry skin, swollen nasal passages and sinus headaches. Maintaining a relative humidity during the winter months between 30 and 45 percent is ideal for breathing easier and feeling your best. Ultimately, cool mist humidifiers are your best choice when you need relief from allergy symptoms or if you have concerns with about using warm mist in the presence of small children.
For a quiet bedroom, we recommend our Air-O-Swiss and Stadler Form humidifiers.
For a large open area, we recommend our evaporative, fan-based AIRCARE humidifiers.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist: We offer a variety of ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers that can disperse a micro-fine cool mist into the air and do not have a heating function option for a warm mist option. For the ultrasonic cool mist only we recommend the Air-O-Swiss 7145 and Stadler Form Hydra. Ultrasonic humidifiers to our mind are the humidifier technology of choice since they are quiet, and consumers love them as they are lightweight and their features are user friendly. Less expensive brands do not tackle the problem often associated with humidifiers which is white dust dispersion, humidity control and bacteria breeding in standing tanks of water. However the newer and better ultrasonic humidifiers such as those mentioned above have all solved that problem.
Evaporative Cool Mist: With our evaporative cool mist humidifiers, humidity is produced by a fan that draws the air in from the room and blows it over or through a moistened wick in water. Some of this water evaporates and this water vapor is added to the air which increases its humidity. This air is then blown back into the room to increase the humidity in the room. This air is not wet; it just has more humidity in it. Since heat is removed from the air when evaporation occurs, the air is cooled as a result, and presto, the air coming out will be cooler than when it went in. Of course, this can be a disadvantage to someone who likes to keep their home warm and the mist can have a slightly clammy feeling to it.
Air Washers: The beauty of an Air Washer Humidifier is that in addition to being a humidifier, it traps pet hair, large dust and pollen particles in its base unit so has some added benefit of air cleaning. We have found that these kinds of humidifiers can remove allergen particles as small as 1 to 1 ½ microns in size which will improve the air one breathes. However, if one is looking to clean the air thoroughly of all allergens, a stand alone dedicated air cleaner is recommended that will eliminate the sub micron allergens that can affect some people’s health. They are a form of evaporative cool mist humidifier, except the water is evaporated from a series of rotating plastic discs instead of filter wicks.