Humidifiers are very beneficial device that is use to increase moisture in the air. This device is particularly useful in winters or when climate is dry. If your kids have cold or flu, then humidifiers make it easy for them to breathe. Humidity level in your home should be in the range between 30 percent to 60 percent. If the level of humidity is not in this range, then you may experience health problems.
Low Humidity: If the humidity level drops below 30%, you may experience dry skin, irritates nasal passages, causes eyelids to itch, and when you sleep, you might mouth breathe making your mouth and throat dry.
High Humidity: If there are lots of moisture in the air and the humidity level increases above 60 percent, then you may experience warm and suffocating. High humidity activates unsafe bacteria, mold, mildew, and dust mites.
To resolve the problem you will need either a humidifier (that adds moisture to air) or De-humidifier (that reduce level of humidity). In this article we will discuss about humidifiers.
Type of Humidifiers
Basically, there are three main types of humidifiers available in India:
- In Duct (whole house)
Table top humidifiers such as crane cool mist humidifier,are by far the cheapest. They are suitable for use only in a single room. There are various types of tabletop humidifiers: cool mist, warm mist, and ultrasonic humidifiers.
Console humidifiers are bigger units than the tabletop ones, but they are also portable and can be moved around the house according to your needs. One advantage of the console units is that you don’t need to change the water so frequently. However, they can be noisy compared to the tabletop. Both the console evaporative and ultrasonic types provide sufficient moisture and humidify up to two rooms.
In duct humidifiers are your best bet if you already have a ducted heating system installed in your house. They simply get ducted into the existing system and plumped into the water supply. These are the best humidifiers for adding moisture to your whole house. They have to be professionally installed and are more expensive, but once installed, are the least expensive to run.
Choosing The Best Humidifiers
Before you purchase humidifiers in India, you should be aware of different features that an ideal humidifiers should have. Here are some factors you should consider when buying your humidifier:
Some humidifiers generate more noise than others. If you are sensitive to noise, especially in the bedroom, then you should be careful to choose the less noisy humidifiers. Ultrasonic and warm mist humidifiers are generally quieter in operation than the evaporative types.
If portability is a major factor, then the tabletop or console humidifiers would be the better choice for you since you can move them from room to room. You just need to plug it into an electronic socket to get it working. However, portable humidifiers would only be sufficient to humidify two rooms.
On the other hand, if you are well settled in your own home and live in a larger house, then you should consider the whole house humidifier. The best thing about the whole house humidifier is that it only requires one time installation and minimal maintenance. You do not need to keep refilling the water and it is cheap and efficient to run. The level of moisture in your house is set at one point, require less effort to run.
While the portable humidifiers may seem the best humidifiers to buy in terms of cost, I recommend that you should not only look at price of purchase, but also the cost of operation and its durability.
Cleaning and Maintenance
You should look for a humidifier that is easy to clean and maintain. Note, however that quality and mineral content of your water may impact the level of necessary cleaning for the unit to run properly for a long time.
Some units require cleaning every couple of days or every week.Other units use humidifier filters to help control mineral build up and bacterial growth. These types usually help prevent that white mineral dust from accumulating on your tv and furniture, but you will need to buy replacement filters for these.
The ideal humidity level is around 45 percent. Too much humidity can cause condensation in the windows, and the growth of mould, bacteria and dust mites. Some humidifiers incorporate a built-in thermostat that helps keep the house at an optimal humidity level, hence prevent too much humidity in the air.
The Top Humidifiers Brands in India
There are many reputable brands for humidifiers, such as Crane, Venta, Honeywell, Air-o-swiss, and Soleus. The brands that I found to be the most popular from my research are Crane, Hunter, Frigidaire, and Honeywell. Honeywell sells both tabletop and console humidifiers and the price ranges from $20-$399. Hunter makes lower priced tabletop humidifiers.
It is advisable to buy a humidifier of a reputable brand as most of the spare parts are easily available, and you will generally not have a problem with service and warranty.
When shopping online, I always look for a warranty and from a well-known company. That is why I tend to shop at Amazon, which happens to also have the lowest price for the best humidifiers. Amazon usually has ranging warranties but you can usually get 3 years if you pay an extra $27, which to me is well worth the money.