There are so many different humidifiers for home that it can be difficult to know quite where to start. Why are some humidifiers so much more expensive than others and so you really get what you pay for? What are the differences between steam humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers for example and which is going to be best for your situation?
Unfortunately the question as to which are the best humidifiers for home isn’t a simple choice because there are many options and each person will have their own preference.
Generally speaking humidifiers for home can be separated into those which give out warm moisture or those that give out cool moisture. Warm mist humidifiers generally use a heating element – rather like boiling a kettle – to cause the water to evaporate into the air around your home. These are the so-called “steam humidifiers” for home and they are typically reasonably quiet and can create a very pleasant environment but are not normally very powerful so are really only suitable for raising the humidity in a single room of your home.
Cool mist humidifiers use a range of technology in order to increase the humidity of your home without heating it up first. One of the more common ways to accomplish this is for water to be soaked up by a fabric wick, onto which a fan blows. The fan causes evaporation and increases the moisture level in your home.
The upside of this type of home humidifier is that it is capable of increasing the moisture levels in your house over a far greater area and so are more suited to people who want a single device that will have a beneficial effect over the whole house.
The drawback of cool mist humidifiers for home is that of course the constantly whirring fan can prove an annoyance to many people (myself included I must admit!) when they are trying to watch TV, listen to music etc.
Fortunately there is a solution and it is these which I personally believe make the best humidifiers for home: ultrasonic humidifiers.
Ultrasonic humidifiers for home give out a cool mist – so they are able to have an effect over a larger area of your home yet they are almost totally silent. They work rather like a stereo speaker in that water is fed onto a diaphragm that gives off ultrasonic waves, thus “forcing” the water droplets into the air.
Pleasantly thanks to considerable competition in the market for these ultrasonic humidifiers for the home the prices have dropped considerably recently and they are now barely more expensive than the noisier or less efficient alternatives. So if you’re looking for the best humidifiers for home, from bird humidifier to train humidifier go ideally for an ultrasonic model.