Recently we wrote about the benefits of whole house humidifiers. They make sense if your entire home is dry for several months of the year. They are easy to operate. Since they draw water from your plumbing system, there is no need to fill them with water. They are also quiet, cost only pennies a year to operate, and are usually less expensive than portable units.

However, if you feel you do not need a whole house humidifier, you may be able to get by with a room humidifier. Bearing in mind that a portable humidifier may be more expensive than a whole house humidifier and require some (but not a lot of) effort to operate, here are some tips. 

Types of Humidifiers

There are four types of room humidifiers.

Cool vs. Warm Mist

The more common cool mist humidifiers offer the following benefits:

Note that a cool mist humidifier will be more expensive.

Warm mist humidifiers offer the following benefits:

The main drawback to warm mist humidifiers is the units get hot and cause burns if touched.

Size and Capacity

Room humidifiers vary in size. There are tiny 1/4-liter models than plug in with a USB power connection. And then there are consoles that have so much size and capacity and cover such a wide area that they are effectively whole house humidifiers. Some tips:

Other Considerations

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