Can humidifiers help people with allergies? Yes, humidifiers are beneficial for people who suffer from perennial allergies and allergy-induced asthma. However, so many choices can make it difficult for a person to make an informed decision about which unit will work best for the purchaser’s personal needs. The research is conclusive that adding humidifiers to home or office can improve air quality for everyone.
Humidifiers are designed to moisturize the air in a room. Some uses for humidifiers are to help people with dry skin, dust allergies, or ongoing cold symptoms. There are many features that vary, but there are only two delivery methods from humidifiers, either warm mist or cold mist. After comparing the allergy symptoms to which air temperature is ideal, the humidifiers are then split into three categories.
These types of humidifiers are the most energy-efficient of all types of humidifiers. Although all humidifiers have a storage area for water, the ultrasonic type also consists of moving plates. By vibration, these plates turn the water into a fine mist. The mist is then pushed into the air via a fan attached to the unit. An unfortunate byproduct of this type of moisture creation is that the ultrasonic humidifier process creates a white dust that can also enter the room air. This dust can be harmful to people with breathing difficulties. However, companies are aware of this design flaw and innovation is emerging that will attempt to eliminate the white dust issue of this type of humidifier.
These types of humidifiers differ in that these units release the moisture into the air by simply using a fan to blow the water out of the humidifier. This type of release does not create dust and it is also an energy-efficient method of adding moisture to the air. One of the finest features of an evaporative humidifier is that the unit is noiseless. This is especially beneficial when the humidifier is used in a bedroom.
Within the evaporative type, there are two different kinds. The first one uses filters for the water to pass through before getting into the air. The other type uses rotating discs. The filters can pose the problem of collecting dust, dirt, and hair from the room into the humidifier. Using this method, the filter would need to be changed often in order for the unit to operate at its best capacity. The type of evaporative humidifier that uses the rotating disc are constructed of hard plastic. Plastic is easy to care for and maintain and does not need to be replaced as would the filters in humidifiers of the previous type.
Similar to how a thermostat controls the heat or cooling system, a steam-based humidifier can be regulated based on the dryness of the room. Since steam can kill germs, these units are very hygienic and are the type most used in areas where humidity would need to be controlled more accurately, such as in homes of people with respiratory illnesses or in nurseries Of course, there is an increase in maintenance time needed for this type of unit because the steam produces a fine layer of lime that builds up inside the humidifier. While these units are priced economically, these units are less energy-efficient than the other two types of humidifiers.
Below you can find three models of humidifiers that appear to be the best ones for allergies.
This humidifier produces 99.9% germ free moisture. It kills 99.9% mold, bacteria and spores in water with a “germ killing chamber technology.” QuietCare technology makes the product run 25% quieter up to 24 hours per a single filling. It features a dishwasher water tank which is safe and break resistant. Moreover, it has an antimicrobial treated filter: HAC-504AW and an automatic moisture balancing system. The cool mist adds moisture to the room, but it does not affect room temperature. Customers state that this unit is easy to set-up and use in various rooms.
- The product is a bit bulky;
- Works best only in small or medium-sized rooms.
Despite some little disadvantages this humidifier will become a real aid for those suffering from any kind of allergy.
Benefits of this unit is a larger tank size and a night light feature. This particular model has an automatic shut-off safety switch that activates if the water tank is empty. Optimus U-31002 is considered one of the quietest humidifiers featuring mist control settings. The humidifier has a kind of a permanent filter that does not require replacement.
- The humidifier produces some bubbling sounds every 15 minutes or so.
- The tank has no place for gripping.
- The LED light is way too bright and can not be turned off, which can be a problem for light-sleepers.
The last, but definitely not the worst humidifier is our list is a HCM-6009, which possesses a number of great features obligatory for a humidifier owned by a an allergic person.
- This product has a great 3.4 gallon capacity;
- Runs up the same time as the Honeywell Germ Free HCM-350;
- It is 30% quieter than the other humidifiers;
- Prevents migration of fungus, bacteria and algae;
- Its dual tanks have wider opening tops which makes their cleaning and filling easier;
- It also has a multiple output settings and adjustable humidity controls.
- The design of the product is a very basic one;
- The filter will need to be cleaned and/or replaced frequently;
- Some reviewers state that the product can vibrate sometimes and this results in an unpleasant sound. To avoid this you should place it on a non-wooden or ceramic surface.