If you’re heating your home, chances are you’re feeling the effects of dry air and that can be very uncomfortable. Air that is too dry can also cause sinus and breathing problems, as well as damage wood in furniture and musical instruments.
It’s important to keep a proper moisture balance in the home and oftentimes, a whole-home humidifier, just doesn’t provide sufficient humidity in each room. That’s where a portable, room humidifier – sized for that room – can make you more comfortable. Where should you put a humidifier? Start with the bedroom, it’s the room where you probably spend the most time in a day.
How do you pick a humidifier? Since there are many styles and capacities on the market, it’s best to go with humidifiers that generally have good reviews and I’ve rounded up some of the best. But make sure to size the humidifier for the room you have in mind.
Quick Room Humidifier Buying Tips:
- Buy a humidifier sized for the room
- Should have variable settings
- Must have auto shut-off for safety reasons
- Quiet operation if for a bedroom
- Choose cool mist if you just want to add humidity; warm mist if you want to steam medication.
- Dual cool or warm mist gives you a choice
Best Small Cool Mist Humidifier:
Crane has a good variety of small 1-gallon cool mist quiet humidifiers ideal for a bedroom. They’re functional as well as cute with auto shut-off, quiet operation, variable settings and will run for about 11 hours. Compact, they are designed to humidify about a 500 sq. ft. room. Buy Direct
Best Small Warm Mist Humidifier:
Vicks offers germ protection in a durable, easy-to-fill warm mist room humidifier – that’s important because warm water is a natural breeding ground for bacteria. It runs for 24 hours and has a medication cup. Buy Direct
Best Mid-to-Large Room Cool Mist Humidifier:
Rated for a mid-to-large room, the Honeywell has some good features including germ protection, a built-in humidistat, and a large capacity for a 12-24 hour run time. Operation noise is reasonable. Though reviews tend to vary, I’ve used one for three years so far, without any problems. But you do need to position the output away from where people generally sit. Buy Direct Read my review on About.com.
Best Midsize Warm Mist Humidifier:
The Holmes offers tremendous value in a small room (up to 600 sq. ft.) budget-priced warm mist unit with more than the basics. With no filters to buy – you’ll save on operating costs. It has Microban germ protection and two settings, along with auto shut-off. Buy Direct
Best Midsize Dual Mist Humidifier:
If you like the choice of dual humidification, the Germ Guardian offers warm and cool mist with this unit. It also has silver technology germ protection so you won’t return bacteria to the room, as well as variable settings. Buy Direct Read my review on About.com.
Best Combined Air Purifier & Humidifier:
If you need to clean the air and add humidity, the Air Washer is the best choice. Made by Air-O-Swiss, it’s best for those with allergies and asthma, because it filters the air plus protects the output from bacteria and molds with silver technology. Though a little pricey, there are no filters to replace. It’s also a quiet unit. Buy Direct