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What Are Humidifiers and How Do They Work?

Updated: Dec 14, 2021



Understanding how a humidifier could benefit you, we first need to grasp what humidity actually is and how it affects our bodies.

In a nutshell, humidity is the moisture content in the air. When the air reaches 60 percent humidity, our bodies feel clammy and hot. They can’t cool themselves quickly.

But, at low humidity, our skin, nasal passages, and lips can dry out. This makes them prone to irritation and discomfort. Worse yet, it can also prompt sickness, and colds that are harder to deal with.

The ideal humidity for the air in your home should rest at around 45 percent.


So how do humidifiers accomplish these optimal conditions? They work by turning water into a fine mist (steam or vapor) that increases the moisture in the air. This should restore more comfortable moisture levels as found in nature. Indoor heating systems can dry out the air, and humidifiers can counteract them.

There are two types of humidifiers — those that spray warm mist, and those that spray cool mist. Warm mist humidifiers use heat to generate steam; cool mist humidifies using other methods to create non-heated water vapor.



If you have a job that requires a good deal of time at your desk doing paperwork or other tasks, then a personal desk humidifier may be an important addition to your office equipment. These units allow you to breathe more easily. Not only can a desk humidifier provide you with the relief from a dry throat that is so vital to productivity, but these devices can also keep your hands from becoming too dry. Just having the ability to simply turn on the personal desk humidifier as you sit down at your desk can give you many benefits throughout the miserable dry air season.


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