Everywhere in the world, extreme weather conditions can be experienced at a random basis that can become hazardous to our health and well-being. For warmer climates, air conditioning is needed to circulate the air and avoid heat stroke at the same time. In colder climates, the air tends to become dry and uncomfortable, increasing static electricity. For this type of climate, humidifiers are used to moisten the air.
A humidifier is composed of three parts. The reservoir is the tank where the water is placed to moisten the air once operated. The wick on the other hand works as the filter that absorbs the water from the reservoir. This needs to be cleaned and replaced on a regular basis since, if left unmaintained, it stops humidifying the area. Lastly, the fan functions to provide air to the wick, aiding the evaporation process of the water in the wick.
There are a few types of humidifiers that are available in the market, according to use. A warm mist humidifier is typically used for medical purposes in relieving coughs and asthma. This type of humidifier uses a huge amount of electricity in heating water which is the reason why its structure is smaller than the others. Another type of humidifier is the cool mist humidifier. From the word itself, it uses cool mist to moisten the air. The water in the reservoir is broken down into tiny droplets by a rotating disc. The ultrasonic humidifier uses vibration to create water droplets in a form of a fog. A risk of using the ultrasonic humidifier is that it can suspend microorganisms and minerals in the air together with the water droplets, causing more harm than comfort.
Another type of humidifier that is commonly used in museums and public buildings is the forced-air humidifier. The forced-air humidifier provides a constant level of air humidity that protects wood, furnishings and other artifacts that are sensitive to dry air. This type of humidifier is built inside a furnace, generating energy savings since the air that passes thru the ducts and furnace stabilizes the static electricity in the atmosphere, providing comfort and warmth to the occupants.
Moreover, whether the place is experiencing a warm or cold climate, it is best to regulate the circulation of the air to avoid health hazards. Sometimes, over usage of humidifiers can cause harm than comfort especially when the humidifiers are not properly maintained and replaced regularly. Its use should be done in moderation.