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Humidifier vs Vaporizer: Which One Should You Use Next Time You're Sick?

Updated on November 26, 2013

Humidifier versus Vaporizer: Which One is Best for You?

The air during fall and winter gets chilly and snow has fallen on some places. With winter comes really cold and dry air which can make it hard to breathe. And even if the air isn't that dry outside, your artificial cooling or heating system inside your house can reduce the moisture in the air. Dry air can sometimes aggravate allergies and asthma which can be really annoying and potentially harmful.

The human body is made up mostly of water and a lot of parts of the body have to retain a certain amount of moisture to function properly. Drinking water is a good way to counteract dehydration but that is not the only way to do so. Your body can absorb moisture from the air around you, that's why it's so important to keep the air in your home with just enough moisture to keep your skin hydrated while still being comfortable.

And dry air not only makes you uncomfortable and susceptible to illnesses, it can also damage your home itself. Furniture, especially those made from wood, also need a certain amount of moisture so that it won't break or become weak. The same goes for wooden floors, too much moisture can damage them, but not enough can make them brittle and crack. And paint could also be a victim too.

Winter will come no matter what you do and if you're afraid of your air becoming stale and dry, you can get yourself a humidifier or vaporizer to keep your home moist. There are several kinds of humidifiers that a consumer can choose from but they all basically do the same thing which is keeping your air nice and moist.

Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier

Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier - Blue & White (FFP)
Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier - Blue & White (FFP)

This humidifier looks exactly the way it sounds, in the shape of a water drop. But unlike real water drops this humidifier comes in a range of colors. And don't think that the design is just a gimmick, the top of the drop can actually be turned around so you can direct the mist to wherever you want it to go.

 

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, Vicks Humidifier for Bedrooms, Baby, Kids Rooms, 1 Gallon, Auto Shut-Off, Filter-Free, 24 Hrs of Moisturized Air, use with Vicks VapoSteam for Medicated Steam, Model V745A
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, Vicks Humidifier for Bedrooms, Baby, Kids Rooms, 1 Gallon, Auto Shut-Off, Filter-Free, 24 Hrs of Moisturized Air, use with Vicks VapoSteam for Medicated Steam, Model V745A

As the name suggests, this humidifier gives out warm moist air. This is perfect for people who with cold and flu symptoms. For an extra feeling of relief, this humidifier permits the utilization of either the Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalent.

Vaporizers are used for pretty much the same reason. The main difference is that humidifiers give off mist while vaporizers give off steam. No matter which one you choose, both can help ease nasal congestion and any other inconveniences cause by dry air.

 

Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night Light

Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer with Nightlight, Vaporizer for Bedrooms, Baby, Kids  Rooms, Auto-Shut Off, 1.5 Gallon Tank for Full Day of Moisturized Air, Use With Menthol Scented VapoPads & VapoSteam
Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer with Nightlight, Vaporizer for Bedrooms, Baby, Kids Rooms, Auto-Shut Off, 1.5 Gallon Tank for Full Day of Moisturized Air, Use With Menthol Scented VapoPads & VapoSteam

Vicks alternatively offers a vaporizer for those who want to use it instead of a humidifier. Much like the warm mist humidifier above, you can use Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalent in this device. The night light also makes this vaporizer perfect for use in the rooms of small children.

 

Aura Cacia Diffuser - Aromatherapy Vaporizer with Oil, 1.64

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Vaporizer kit
Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Vaporizer kit

The Aura Cacia Diffuser – Aromatherapy Vaporizer is a different kind of vaporizer because it releases steam that includes scents from aromatherapy oils. So you get an added sensation of comfort when you inhale the wide range of scents offered by the makers of the product.

 

Keep in mind that while keeping your air moist is a good thing, too much moisture can be bad. - Too much moisture could promote the growth of bacteria and mold.

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