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Humidifier units are extremely useful in areas where the air becomes too dry. It is always uncomfortable to be stuck outdoors with dry air, and there is nothing you can really do about it. However, inside your home you shouldn’t have to be uncomfortable with dry air. A humidifier unit will add the proper amount of moistness to your air so you won’t be uncomfortable.

There are many harmful side effects of dry air, not only for the people living within the dry household, but also for the furniture and even the structure of the home. If the air becomes too dry the walls and floors may begin to crack as well as furniture. Not to mention the discomfort the inhabitants of the home feel with dry noses and cracked lips.

There are number of different humidifier units that can be used within one’s home. They all do approximately the same thing, however they operate in a different way, and utilize different types of filters.

Evaporative Humidifiers

The first and most common humidifier unit is an evaporative humidifier. These units contain wick filters that absorb water from the reservoir that holds the water. The unit contains a fan that blows air into the wick filter to aid in the evaporation of the water. These units are most common because they are self-regulating. The higher the level of humidify, the harder it is to evaporate; so as your indoor air becomes humid, the humidifier’s water output decreases.

Steam/Warm mist Humidifiers

These units basically boil water which then releases steam and moisture into the air. These humidifiers may be more healthful than others because the steam is less likely to contain harmful impurities. These units normally do not contain filters unless you utilize an optional mineral absorption pad that removes impurities from the water.

Forced Air Humidifiers

These humidifying units are usually installed alongside your furnace for your whole house. These units come in many different styles but essentially do the same thing – add humidity to your home.

  • Drum Style
  • Disc Wheel Style
  • Bypass Flow-Through Style
  • Spray Mist Style

Care and Maintenance

As with any other household appliance, it’s extremely important to provide proper care and maintenance to your humidifying unit. If your unit contains any type of filter, make sure you know how long that filter can last before you have to replace it or wash it. A lot of humidifier filters can simply be washed clean of its impurities and placed back into the unit. However, some units require you to replace the filter occasionally. Even the filters that can be washed and reused need to be replaced with new filters sometimes. These filters can become too filled with minerals from your water that they aren’t filtering any of the harmful particles that you do not want dispersed into your indoor air.

Also, water maintenance is highly important to the effectiveness of your humidifier. If your water becomes stale it can be harmful to inhale and possibly make you sick. If your water contains a high amount of chlorine, you may need to treat the water before you begin using it in your home.


If humidifiers are not used properly and regularly maintained, then they can end up doing more harm than good. If you disperse water filled with harmful impurities, then you’re inhaling these impurities and that could lead to a lot of health problems. Always make sure to follow the directions on your unit and replace the filters and clean the water regularly.