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Humidifier Vs Vaporizer

Updated on February 10, 2011

Humidifier Vs. Vaporizer

Would you like to know what the significance of a humidifier vs. vaporizer is? Chances are your doctor has either recommended that you buy one of these products to use in your home during the winter season to lessen the severity of colds, allergies and flu symptoms. The moisture that these two products produce helps loosen mucus, promote nasal drainage and calm inflamed mucus membrane lining inside the nostrils of a nose. A humidifier and vaporizer also help minimize dry air that circulates through the house that’s responsible for static electricity. Certain types of heating can cause dry air inside your home --- electric heating is one of the top culprits. Your skin can also become dry during the winter months making your body become very itchy.

Lessen the severity of a flu, cold, or allergies with a vaporizer or humidifier in your home.
Lessen the severity of a flu, cold, or allergies with a vaporizer or humidifier in your home.

Similarities - Humidifier Vs. Vaporizer

A vaporizer and a humidifier are very similar in function. Both products were designed to add moisture in the air to increase the humidity inside a home. Both types of products are also comparative in price. Depending on the brand and model, each type of product may come with additional features to minimize mold, mildew and bacteria through UV lighting or other technologies.

About the Warm Mist Humidifier - Vaporizer

A warm mist humidifier contains a heating element that heats water to very warm temperatures and then disperses the steam into the air. Some types of vaporizers also have a belly in which you can add Vicks oil drops that are specifically designed for this type of product to aid in treating your illness discomforts. The additional medication is very similar to the Vicks rub to help clear mucus in your nose --- instead it disperses the Vicks through out the room so that you have a consistent supply when you breathe. According to the National Institutes of Health, you should strongly consider buying a cool mist product instead. Young children may try to play with the vaporizer and the hot steam and water can cause burns or other injuries. If you like the idea of using a vaporizer, you must exercise caution with children. Do not allow kids to be in a room unsupervised with the product during use. 

About the Cool Mist Humidifier

A cool mist humidifier doesn’t have a heating element like a warm mist or vaporizer products do. The machine is filled with cool water and then it disperses it through a fine mist into the air. There are three types of cool mist humidifiers that work in different ways. Some use a fan that blows a fine cool mist of air into the air. It’s known as an evaporative cool mist humidifier. Another type uses a disk that goes around and around at very high speeds inside the machine while dispersing mist known as an impeller humidifier. The final type of cool mist humidifier is the sonic model. Sonic models use vibration technology to create mists to disperse through out the air. All three different types serve their purpose and get the job done. None of these types are better than one another other than how they perform the task of putting cool mist into your air. Like vaporizers, cool mist humidifiers also come with additional features like auto shut off, to make products more user friendly.

Humidifier Vs. Vaporizer – The Bottom Line

The humidifier and vaporizer products both serve their purpose very well. It all boils down to personal preference. Keep in mind that warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers can actually increase the temperature in the room where it is being used; where as a cool mist humidifier may lower room temperatures. This may seem trivial; however, for houses with poor insulation then you should consider buying a warm mist humidifier or vaporizer. With that said, you could get away with a cool mist humidifier, you would just have to increase your thermostat a few degrees. People that live in hot dry climates should opt for a cool mist humidifier. The high humidity mixed with very warm temperatures may become unbearable to tolerate.

Both products need to be inspected every few weeks and cleaned properly by following the package instructions. It is imperative that you clean your humidifier or vaporizer consistently to prevent mold, mildew and fungi from growing. Mold, mildew and fungi can be dispersed into the air that you breathe and cause health complications.

You may also want to soak your humidifier or vaporizer tanks with white vinegar every few weeks after use to get rid of minerals and hard water deposit build up. Hard water deposits can ruin your product over time.


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