If you live on a temperate country chances are you will have experience low humidity. It can make breathing just a tiny bit laborious. If you suffer colds and other upper respiratory ailments low humidity can certainly make it worse.
Humidifiers and vaporizers both address the issue on the double whammy of low humidity and colds. Read on to find out if one is really better than the other.
A quick recap on what humidifiers are is a good way to start this argument. Humidifiers are devices which introduce humidity to an environment (preferably one that needs more humidity) by releasing water vapors into the air.
Humidity, after all is the measurement of the amount of water in the air. It usually does this by spraying water into a fine mist with a system that may involve impellers, ultrasonic waves and many more.
When previously very dry (low humidity) air is treated by a humidifier it makes it easier to breathe. This moisturizing effect in the air is what makes humidifiers effective.
One complaint about humidifiers is that it is very difficult to control the amount of humidity they introduce. Too much humidity in a room can ruin the rooms paint, wood and even make it harder to breathe. Humidifiers also are a magnet for fungus and molds.
A Vaporizer effectively does the same action that the humidifier does but does it with heat. While the humidifier releases cool mist vapors a typical vaporizer releases hot vapors.
Vaporizers are better than humidifiers in two ways. First is that the nasty moisture that a typical humidifier overproduces is eliminated. Vaporizers have much less chance of spreading molds.
Another thing they remove is germs. By boiling water a great majority of bacteria dies and never gets released to the area around the vaporizer. A humidifier can spread bacteria that have grown on it its medium into different parts of the room.
The bad thing about traditional vaporizers is that they tend to be scalding hot. This makes them dangerous to kids, pets and adults who do not know the location of a hot vaporizer.