The basic function of a humidifier, as the name suggests, is to increase the humidity in the air and it does so by releasing cool moisture into the air. Maintaining a humidity level of around 40%-50 % within a house is ideal and helps alleviate the symptoms and provides relief by making breathing easier, decongests the nose and chest, and eases a dry cough.
Because young children are more prone to flu attacks respiratory tract infections, an effective way to help minimize some of the symptoms is to use humidifiers or vaporizers in the child’s room.
In order to help you determine what the best humidifier or best vaporizer is, 10oranges provides you a list of the top 10. We also bring you reviews and ratings by parents who have tried and trusted some of these products for their children. Find detailed information about the difference between humidifiers and vaporizers, how they help relive cold symptoms and various other pros and cons.
Cool Mist Humidifier: An impeller or a disk rotating at high speed within the device creates a spray or mist from cold water which is then diffused into the room.
Warm Mist Humidifier: The impeller in this device uses warm water which is cooled before being misted into the room’s atmosphere.
Ultrasonic Humidifier: Ultrasonic sound waves create vibrations that produce a mist from the cool water; the mist is then dispersed into the room.
Evaporation Humidifier: Moisture laden air is released into the room, when a fan inside the device blows air on to a wet pad or filter.
Vaporizers perform the same task as humidifiers by dispersing moisture into the air to increase humidity. In contrast, vaporizers use boiling water and the resulting steam moisturizes the air. Inhalants can be added to the vaporizer to provide relief from cold.
Pros & Cons of Humidifiers vs. Vaporizers: The greatest advantage that humidifiers enjoy vis-à-vis vaporizers is the fact that it uses cold water; and that clearly goes in favor of humidifiers as parents would never want a device that uses boiling water, in their child’s room for fear of accidents happening. That being said, water used in humidifiers may spread bacteria, molds and even minerals into the room, because the water is not boiled. Using distilled water, however, can help solve this problem.
Vaporizers are less expensive as compared with humidifiers and they provide comfortable warmth in the room during winter. The chances of bacteria and molds being released into the room are significantly reduced as the water is boiled.
Regardless of whether you opt for humidifiers or vaporizers, you should be cautious about the humidity levels in the room, as high levels of humidity make it conducive for bacteria and molds to flourish. Both devices need to be cleaned regularly as per the instructions provided.