Where To Put a Humidifier In a Room

There is plenty of location you could place a humidifier in a house e.g. the bedroom, living hall, baby's room, and office desk. Rather than just advising you to put it at the center of the room and call it a day, we will guide you through the art of humidifier placement. From the distance between your bed to low and high ground, these subtle changes can make a huge difference in providing a healthy, comfortable, living space. At the end of the reading, you will have a better understanding of your goal and a clearer idea of where to put a humidifier.
Short answer
Bedroom is the best place for a humidifier.


Where To Place The Humidifier?

Depends on the room, types, size of the humidifier, and your needs. A good rule of thumb is to put it in a room that has a low relative humidity level below 30%. If you have a large humidifier with strong moisture output, you can put it in the corner of the room. To deal with asthma or any respiratory problems, the best spot is in the bedroom where you will spend the most time in. If you want to help your baby sleep better, leave it in the baby’s room. Below are tips on humidifier placement that you should always follow.

  • For a cool-mist humidifier, place it close to the bed with 3 feet of space so you can sleep better throughout the night.
  • For warm-mist humidifier, place it on the elevated area with 2 feet of the ground and is not reachable for children or pets due to safety reasons.
  • Only leave it on an even and hard surface as the water might spill due to the operating vibration.
  • Never put a humidifier on a carpet or rug as it will soak the excess droplets and lead to the growth of mold. Instead, leave a plastic tray or a water-resistant protective layer underneath the device to catch any spill droplets.
  • Always measure the room size. A large humidifier will not fit a small room well as it is cumbersome and can over-humidifying a space. A damp environment can be uncomfortable to breathe and will lead to mold and mildew. Go with a medium-size or compact humidifier that is more universally compatible.
  • Keep it away from direct exposure to sunlight e.g. by the windows. The heat may cause damage to the device and reduce the usage lifespan. It will also encourage bacteria growth inside the water tank that can be dangerous when inhaled.
  • Avoid putting it near to wooden furniture or metal items as the large volume of water vapor can cause rot, rust, and decay.
  • Make sure there are no toys, clothes, or any objects obstructing the outflow of mist. Never leave it against the wall to avoid airflow disruption.
  • Avoid leaving it close to radiators and vents as the dispersed mist may meddle with the humidity reading.
  • Keep it away from electrical sockets, live wires, and technology appliances like TV, computers. Excess water can short circuit electronic items and poses the risk of fire.

Humidifier placement for bedroom

Where To Place Humidifier In The Bedroom?

You should place a humidifier near to the bed with at least 3 feet from space in between. Bedroom is the best place for humidifiers as we spend one-third of our time inside. By keeping a distance between the bed, if can ensure moisture is equally distributed across the room. If will also reduce the risk of you accidentally tipping over the machine and spilling the water out when trying to reach for the alarm clock. Another reason is the motor fan noise that can be disturbing if you are a light sleeper. Even though most humidifiers are very quiet, the humming noise and the occasion gurgling, bubbling water sound may wake you up in the middle of the night. If there is more than 1 person sleeping in the bedroom, use a large humidifier so the mist can reach out further. Make sure the cords are out of the way as you don’t want to trip and fall when you are getting out of the bed while still half-awake. With good quality of sleep, you will feel completely refresh and energize the next day. Even if you don’t have a cold, it’s good to sleep with a humidifier on for comfortable breathing throughout the night.

Both warm mist and cool mist humidifier moisten the skin, alleviate cold, sinus congestion, and morning cough. If you are undecided about which type to go with, we recommend cool mist humidifiers. It is safe to use around baby, children, and pets as there is no burn risk from hot water spilling. You should only use a warm-mist humidifier on a stable platform and when you are wide awake. Warm mist humidifier boils water to create hot mists that help widens air passageways and relieve flu.

Should I Put a Humidifier On The Floor Or Table?

You should put a humidifier on a sturdy table or nightstand with at least about 2 feet above the floor. Over time, the dispersed mist with mix with the air and distribute evenly across the room. By placing it on elevated ground, it will be out of reach for children to meddle with the controls. There is less danger of a person accidentally tipping over the humidifier and spilling water from the reservoir. You can still put a humidifier on the wooden floor with a plastic tray or waterproof material underneath the machine. It reduces the risk of falls from the slippery floor caused by excess droplets.

Humidifier placement for baby room

Where To Place Humidifier In The Baby Room?

Place a humidifier on an elevated area and 3 feet away from a baby crib so that it is unreachable by the baby or toddler. By putting it on top of the cabinet, table, or shelf, it can prevent the young one from meddling with the settings or accidentally knocking over the machine when they wake up. Furthermore, the silent operations mean you will not without have to worry that the gulping, bubbling noise coming from the water. The baby can sleep soundly at night without having to suffer from nose blockage and other respiratory problems. You can leave the door ajar to prevent the room from overly damp. As the baby’s lungs and passage airways are still developing, a cool-mist humidifier is safer and more soothing to breathe in. Never go with a warm-mist humidifier for your baby’s room as the hot steam can cause burns. lastly, make sure there is no dangling cord that may cause a choking hazard. The same rules applied to the nursery room where you can put a humidifier in places that are out of reach to children.

Humidifier placement for living room

Where Should I Put The Humidifier In a Living Room?

You can put a humidifier anywhere in a living room but leave a few feets of space between the sofa, table, cabinet, or wall. This is to prevent dispersed mist from being obstructed and damaged the furniture. A humidifier can benefit every family members that spend a lot of time together in the living room. By increasing the humidity level in common space, the chances of a person falling sick from cold and flu will greatly reduce. There is less likelihood of the virus spreading through human contact. It is also possible to install a whole-house humidifier by attaching to a furnace or HVAC. Consider this if the air quality in the house requires improving and you don’t mind the expensive installation cost.

Should I Put The Humidifier In a Bathroom?

You should not place a humidifier in the bathroom as it can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Most bathrooms are overly damp especially after a hot shower. You will need a dehumidifier instead to drain out the excess moisture.

To conclude, a humidifier can moisture our skin, prevents allergy flare-ups, improves breathability, and reduce the spread of the virus. Besides finding the best spot for a humidifier, periodically cleaning is a must. Clean the water tank with a mixture of white vinegar and water to prevent mold and bacteria growth. Maintain indoor humidity level between 30 to 50 percent especially during the winter season. If you need affirmation on a room’s humidity, get a hygrometer/ moisture meter to find out where moist air is needed the most.

Where To Place a Humidifier in The Office Room

You can get a portable humidifier and put it in your office desk to help with dry air. A small humidifier will run silently thus it will not cause any disturbance to you or your colleague during working. Having a smaller capacity also means it is much easier to refill the water. Just avoid placing it on the floor as someone might accidentally bump into it when walking through the office.

Before we go deeper into all the humidifier benefits, you should understand the basic functionality of the devices. In the market, there are four main types to consider: vaporizers, ultrasonic, evaporators, and impeller. Vaporizers humidifiers use an electric heating system to create steam. Ultrasonic humidifiers use vibration to distribute water vapor in the air. Evaporator humidifiers rely on an internal fan and a wick filter to disperse moisture. Lastly, impeller humidifiers use rotating disks to distribute mist. When picking the right model, you will need to consider to go with either a cold-mist or warm-mist humidifiers. Then consider the size, capacity, and placement as it would play a role in the overall usability.


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.