It probably goes without saying, but a quiet humidifier is a lot more preferable than a loud humidifier. Most humidifiers are quite loud, or at the very least, loud enough. Many of them emit a kind of “white noise” or “static” that some people find relaxing, and many people find annoying. Since most people choose to run their humidifier at night, while they sleep, this can quickly become a problem. Those sounds can prevent healthy sleep from taking place.
While sleeping, a good humidifier can do so much for your health. If you have a runny nose or a sore throat that is filled with dryness, or even just basic allergies, letting a humidifier run overnight will add clean moisture to the air. A humidifier will rid your body of those particular problems. But, it’s going to be a lot harder if you can’t sleep with the humidifier on, due to the noise.
In this short buying guide, we’ll be looking at the key factors that you need to look for when searching for the right quiet humidifier just for you! By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly what to look for.
What Kinds Of Features Do I Need To Look For?
The Type Of Humidification
There are many types of humidification that a humidifier can offer.
Just to name three of them. However, out of all of those, the quietest is ultrasonic, and this is due to the way ultrasonic humidifiers work, which is quite different from most other humidifiers.
Ultrasonic humidifiers don’t rely on fans; they rely on sound – ultrasonic waves – to produce the vapor that enters your air. For the most part, it’s the fans that make the most noise out of any other part of the humidifier,, and this is why you’ll hear that “white noise” or “static sound”.
If you want the peak of quiet humidification, then you can’t ever go wrong with an ultrasonic humidifier. These are the quietest on the market, and they are also very power-efficient and convenient.
The Type Of Mist The Humidifier Produces
Some humidifiers produce cool mist. Some produce warm mist. Some produce both. This is a personal choice, and it depends entirely on your needs.
Cool mist humidifiers are great for getting rid of asthma symptoms, for example, as well as chapped lips and dry skin, among many other things.
Warm mist humidifiers are good at eliminating sinus congestion and getting rid of colds.
Ultimately, they are very similar, but warm mist humidifiers are better at killing bacteria and germs, due to the heat, and cool mist humidifiers are better at, for example, clearing stuffed up nasal passages.
Every humidifier has a certain amount of space – usually measured in square-feet – that it can cover. For some, it’s two-hundred square-feet. For others, it’s around nine-hundred square-feet. Some of this depends on the capacity of the tank, but most of this just depends on the humidification system and quality of the humidifier itself.
If you want to use your humidifier in a small studio apartment that is, for example, three-hundred square-feet, then purchase a humidifier that works with four-hundred square-foot apartments, just to be on the safe side.
All of the information regarding just how much space a particular humidifier covers can be found on the product page of the humidifier itself.
The Level Of Control You Have
User control is not a complex or difficult concept. Essentially, it just refers to how much control you have over the individual aspects of the humidifier. Aspects such as being able to change humidity level and being able to control exactly how much is being produced, for example.
Many humidifiers now offer this, fortunately, but many of them do not. Overall, though, it is highly recommended that you find a humidifier that goes enable you to change and direct that particular facet of your humidification experience. Having too much humidity, or too little, is counterproductive, and so your investment may be a bit of a waste if the humidity level isn’t right for you, and you can’t change it to the right level.
Humidistat Or No Humidistat
Just like the above, it’s recommended that you purchase a humidifier with some form of Humidistat. It makes accessing and understanding the humidity levels of your home a lot easier, and, overall, it’s a lot more effective when it comes to understanding that basic information and then enabling you to fine-tune the humidity levels, based on the information given to you through the Humidistat, so it is just right.