Warm Mist Humidifier

Did you know that heating your house decreases the amount of moisture in the air and that in so doing it makes you more susceptible to illnesses and the common cold?  This is because our bodies, which are water based, require water and moisture to work effectively.  When we reduce the moisture in the air we are breathing in we are depriving our bodies of what it needs to keep us healthy.

One way to combat this depletion of moisture during the winter months is through the use of a humidifier.  Humidifiers work by replacing the moisture to the air that the heating system removes.  There are a couple of different kinds of humidifiers produced by the Holmes company.  We will focus on the Warm Mist Humidifier.

Warm Mist Humidifiers use a heating system to boil water and release the clean water mist into the air.  Using this type of humidifier will increase the temperature slightly.  Many warm mist humidifiers come with a compartment for medication so that as the water boils and steams so does the medication which is then released into the air and breathed in.  Some people find that adding menthol eucalyptus to the humidifier will help calm a cough and encourage a more restful night’s sleep.  These types of humidifiers typically run a little quieter than the cool mist humidifiers.

Warm Mist Humidifiers use a filter to help remove any impurities in the water as it boils so that only clean mist is released.  Holmes recommends that you replace the filter every 2-3 months depending on your particular water quality.  These types of humidifiers typically need to be cleaned more often due to the fact that bacteria grows more quickly in warm moist areas.

When deciding to purchase a humidifier for your home you must consider brands, size and purpose needed, as well as the pros and cons of each type of humidifier available.  If you still are not sure which type you should purchase, talk to your doctor or pharmacist they will be able to help you make the best decision for you and your family.