A home is a place of peace and serenity. Getting a home that fulfills these needs are a priority to any homeowner. But what do you do when the weather decides to turn your home into a living hell. What then when temperatures change dramatically affecting the comfort of your home. Well in the quest to make living more friendly, humidifiers were invented. They were mainly designed to combat the effects of low humidity caused by changes in weather.
==What are humidifiers—
Humidifiers are devices that improve the moisture levels of a room or building. Typical uses at home are aimed at raising the humidity of a single room. They may also be connected to a ventilation system to provide moisturization to an entire house. It works by releasing water vapor into the space of the room to increase the level of humidity
==The need for humidifiers==
Hot, dry and desert climates are highly susceptible to low levels of humidity. Artificially heating rooms during winter may also reduce the moisture content. According to research done by doctor Jeffrey Shaman from the University of Oregon, excessively low humidity has adverse health effects on the nasal and throat lining which may lead to complications in the respiratory functions of the body. Health concerns are not the only problems associated with low humidity. Wooden furniture and fittings, books and even artwork laid on paper are also affected.
==Types of Humidifiers—
There are two main types of humidifiers, the industry type, and the portable type. Industry type humidifiers are mainly used to maintain specific levels of humidity in an industrial setup to avoid static electricity build up. These mainly affect industrial companies such as packaging, printing, textiles and automotive manufacturing companies.
The portable types, on the other hand, are primarily used in home living environments. This include:-
The most common type of humidifier. It is made up of simple moving parts, i.e. a wick, a reservoir and a fan. The wick absorbs the water stored in the reservoir providing large surface area for maximum evaporation.
The fan then blows air into the wick increasing the rate of evaporation thus creating optimal humidity. Its advantage is that it is partially self-regulating since evaporation from the wick is dependent on relative humidity.
Natural humidifiers have the same working principle as the evaporative humidifiers except they do not have a fan to increase the rate of evaporation from the wick. Moisturisation of the room, therefore, occurs naturally. Due to this, they may not be entirely self-regulating.
These types of humidifiers contain a reservoir which is heated to release steam into the atmosphere. They are considered better when it comes to health concerns since steam contains fewer impurities and microorganisms.
They use a disc which rotates, tossing the water into a diffuser. The diffuser then breaks the water particles into finer particles before releasing them into the atmosphere. They may, however, pose health concerns if the water in the reservoir contains microorganisms.
This type of humidifier uses a ceramic diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency to create water droplets into the atmosphere. They also pose health concerns if the water in the humidifier contains impurities.
==Best rated humidifiers==
"The Pure Guardian Ultrasonic Humidifier
"Essick Console Humidifier
"Humydo Rectangular Humidifier
"Heaven Fresh Travel Ultrasonic humidifier
"The Dyson humidifier
—Benefits of humidifiers==
Further research by Doctor Jeffrey reveals that humidifiers may alleviate symptoms of the flu. He found out that the influenza virus is more likely to survive in low humidity conditions. Raising the levels of humidity, therefore, may help fight the spread of the influenza virus. Bacteria and viruses also find it hard to travel in moist air.
Humidifiers help maintain the vibrant glow in your skin by ensuring that your skin does not become dry and flaky during hot and dry days.
Humidifiers help to unclog nasal passages giving you comfortable sinuses throughout the winter and low humid days. This also helps your healing process occur faster since it reduces symptoms like coughing and sneezing
Plants also surfer dehydration from rapid changes in humidity. This may lead to wilting and death of the plants. Humidifiers therefore also help to restore plant moisture during hot and dry days.
They also protect wooden furniture and fittings by preserving the integrity of the wood during these low humidity times.