How To Use Humidifier Properly

Humidifiers add moisture to a dry room. It is the perfect remedy against nose block, dry skin, poor air quality, and dry skin. Yet many people often ask me when and how a humidifier should be used as they are not seeing any good result. The queries increase dramatically during the winter season as almost every household will have one turn on. So how do you use a humidifier safely and effectively? How to get the best out of this moisture adding machine within a restricted place? Find out below.
Short answer
Study the product's manual carefully before anything else.


Choosing The Right Type of Humidifier

There are many types of humidifiers on the market. Make sure you understand the differences between them and identify your needs.

  • Evaporator humidifiers – A popular option that utilizes a motor fan and wicked filter. The fan will pull air in, pass through the wicked filter that is soaked with water, and distribute wet air out.
  • Impeller humidifiers – Relies on fast-moving rotating disk that turns water into vapor. The released cool mist that is great at relieving nasal congestion. No doubt a cheap, effective, and child-friendly option.
  • Vaporizers – Heat up the water in the tank that creates steam. The steam will be cool off before releasing out as mist. Part of the warm-mist group that creates fewer mineral deposits due to the heat. Not safe to use with pets or children as they are at risk of burn.
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers – Part of the cool-mist group that creates high-frequency vibration to disperse moisture. It may not be the cheapest nor has the widest coverage, it produces zero noise during the whole humidification. Perfect for night time use or if you have children at home.
  • Central humidifiers – An uncommon and expensive built-in option that humidifies the entire house. Usually linked with HVAC or cooling system.

How To Use A Humidifier

There are many benefits of having a humidifier at home when it is used properly. It can boost recovery time, improve sleep quality, rehydrate skin, and even prevent static shocks. Having the right amount of humidity in a home can save you a lot in medical bills and home repairs. So let’s dive in on the best tips in using a humidifier.

  • Do not over-moisten the indoor air – The Ideal relative humidity would be between 30 to 50 percent at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Overdoing it will encourage the growth of mold, dust mites, bacteria, and pesticides. The excessive moisture will also damage wooden products, ceiling, and wallpaper. Always remember, the colder the air, the less moisture the air will hold. If you are not entirely sure, get a hygrometer from a local hardware store or Amazon.
  • Place at the right spot – Your humidifier should be placed on hard level ground to prevent any spillage. If you have children or pets running around the house, place it at the cover or on top of the shelf but leave at least 10 inches away from walls. That way they will not knock over the humidifier or trip on the cord.
  • Position it outwards and away from objects – Point the mist away from curtain, clothes or carpet. Also do not aim directly at electrical outlets. The released moisture will dampen the objects or lead to a short circuit.
  • Fill the bucket with only distilled or demineralized water – The cleaner the water, the more purified the air it will be. Avoid tap water as it contains mineral buildup even if the water is filtered. The residues that contain mold or white dust can trigger allergens and respiratory issues when it is airborne. Never add or modify medicines, perfumes, or oil in the water unless stated otherwise.
  • Clean the humidifier every 1-2 weeks – This will effectively reduce the risk of mineral buildup. Before performing any cleaning and disassembling, remember to unplug from any power socket. Scrub the water tank thoroughly and rinse it with fresh water afterward. If there are stubborn residues, try soaking the water tank with a mixture of vinegar for 20 minutes. Let it air dry before assembling back all the parts. You can learn more about how to clean a humidifier here.
  • Empty and refill the water tank daily – Do not let the stagnant water sit in for days as it will breed to mold, mildew, and germs. Always unplug the device first before performing any refilling. If you are not planning to use the humidifier anytime soon, remember to empty and dry the tank before keeping it back to the storeroom.
  • Keep it small and contained – Close all windows and doors to stop outdoor dry air from coming in. By keeping the already moisturized air contained in a room, it will reduce the burden of the humidifier. This ultimately will increase the lifespan of the product for many years to come.
  • Only go with UL-certified humidifier – All big brands are UL listed that comply with international safety standards. If you want to go with an independent model, look for UL logo on the box or at the back of the product.

Even though in this post we will cover all the necessary steps on why and how to use a humidifier, You must not neglect the importance of the manual. There are 2 major types of humidifiers in the market: cool mist and warm mist. Out of the group, you will find different sets of technologies from an evaporative, steam vaporizer, ultrasonic to impeller. As humidifiers come with various sets of designs, it is critical to go through the manual, understand how it works and what is the recommended settings. The better understanding you have with the humidifier, the better it can perform according to your needs.


Max Fernandez

A humidifier distributor with more than 11 years of experience in the field, Max Fernandez is no stranger to the moisture-capturing machine. You can catch him here reviewing humidifiers and preaching on the importance of perfect humidity.