Before we began, let's explore the 3 types of cool mist dehumidifiers in the market: Evaporative, Ultrasonic, and Impeller. Regardless of the types of dehumidifiers, you opt for, the end goal is to increase the dampness level in a room. An evaporative dehumidifier with pull air in via the internal fan, pass by the water-soaked wick filter and release water vapor. An ultrasonic humidifier relies on ultrasonic frequency vibration to convert water into air droplets. Impeller humidifier uses a rotating disc to pitch water at a diffuser, breaks the water into vapor before releasing it out.
Why Choose a Cool Mist Humidifier?
There are a lot of reasons to go with a cool mist humidifier than a warm mist type. Cool mist type usually has a slightly better humidifying coverage than its counterpart. It will moisturize your skin, prevent chapped lips, stop allergies from spreading and improves air quality. An asthma attack will less likely from triggering with a more damp, breathable air. Cool mist humidifier is also typically cheaper and smaller although by a very thin margin. What’s stand out is the lower power consumption than warm-mist due to the lack of heating elements. Lastly, cool-mist is best paired with baby or children at home as it is less hazardous from leakage.
Do Cool Mist Humidifiers Cool Down a Room?
No, cool mist humidifiers will not make the room colder. In fact, it will actually make you feel slightly warmer as high humidity can prevent sweat and retain body heat. Whether it is an ultrasonic or evaporative type, its sole function is to disperse moisture into the room and increase the humidity level. Rather than depending on a humidifier to lower the room temperature, a fan or an air conditioner would be a much more effective tool.
Can a Cool Mist Humidifier Make you Sick?
A humidifier will make you sick if is not properly maintained with mineral residues collecting in the bucket. An unclean cool mist humidifier is notorious for spreading mold and bacteria into the room. Inhaling will the allergens lead to all kinds of illnesses. So clean your humidifier every 3-7 days or when residues are spotted. Refill only with distilled or purified water that has fewer impurities in it.
Are Cool Mist Humidifiers Dangerous?
Unlike warm mist models, cool mist humidifier is very safe as the water vapor will not cause any burn even if you touched it. Perfect if you have nosey children or pets at home that might accidentally tip over the humidifier. Take note though, a dirty cool-mist humidifier with mineral residues build-up will still pose a dangerous threat to our health. So remember to perform routine maintenance on the humidifier to reduce the risk of allergies.