The ideal range for household humidity levels lies between 30 and 50 percent, but during the winter months, your household's humidity can drop as low as 10 percent. The conditioned air produced by a heating system saps any existing moisture contained within, and if it isn't replaced, the air can become dry and uncomfortable. Choosing a humidifier for a child's room can help relieve the symptoms associated with low humidity, such as dry skin, itchy eyes and irritated sinuses, in addition to easing cold symptoms.
Think carefully about where you'll place the humidifier. Opt for a flat surface and make sure it's out of reach of children and pets, avoiding floor or dresser-top placement. Unplug the unit when it's not in use and always leave the child's door open when it's on to ensure the room doesn't become overly humid. The increased humidity can ultimately lead to mold growth.
- Cool mist – There are two types of cool mist humidifiers: evaporative, which uses a fan to blow dry air over a wet filter or wick; and ultrasonic, where a vibrating diaphragm breaks down water into tiny droplets and disperses it as a fine mist.
- Warm mist – An electric element is used to heat the water contained within, emitting a warm steam into the room. These humidifiers use more energy than a cool mist humidifier and pose a risk of accidental scalding or burns.
- Vaporizer – This may be the least popular option, as it uses hot water to produce steam, which can be hazardous. Some vaporizers can also be used dispense certain medications into the air, providing relief from cold symptoms.
- Animal-shaped – Choosing a humidifier for a child's room in a fun shape may liven up the decor, but they may liken the unit to a toy and attempt to play with it. If you do choose one of these models, be sure it's well out of reach.
For expert assistance choosing a humidifier for a child's room, give us a call at Griffith Energy Services, Inc.. We serve homeowners throughout Baltimore and 12 other locations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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