Are Warm Mist Humidifiers right for you?

Pros and Cons of warm mist or steam humidifiers

Warm mist humidifiers

Warm mist humidifiers are essentially steam humidifiers that cool the steam slightly before releasing it into the room.

These systems have heating elements that heat up water in the reservoir thereby causing it to boil and evaporate as hot steam.

The following is a list of the pros and cons of getting a warm mist or steam humidifier:


• Quieter than cool mist humidifiers

• Cooled steam decreases the risk of burns

• Heating the water kills most bacteria and micro-organisms that may cause breathing problems for those with asthma

• Makes the home feel warmer enabling users to turn down their thermostat a few notches and save a few bucks on heating

• Medication to help with congestion, sinus and colds can be added to the water


• Portable units can be dangerous for young children because even though the steam is cooled, the water is still boiling

• Portable steam and warm mist humidifiers can be a little on the loud side; these units also tend to cover less area than cool mist humidifiers

• Warm mist humidifiers need to be cleaned on a regular basis and can be difficult to maintain

• While these can save money on your heating bill, warm mist humidifiers do use electricity to heat the water

With regards to the therapeutic and soothing effects of humidifiers, there is little difference between cool and warm mist systems. Choosing between them is simply a case of whether or not you live in a cold or warm climate. Warm mist humidifiers do tend to make it feel warmer which would clearly be an advantage for those living in cold climates. Cool mist humidifiers may not necessarily make that much difference to how warm it feels but they do tend to make the air feel slightly clammy.

The most popular are Holmes Humidifiers, Bionaire Humidifiers and Vicks Humidifiers, all of which have received good reviews on consumer websites.


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