Where to put humidifier?
Finding the right humidifier for the home is a challenge. Cool mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers, and evaporative humidifiers are the various types of humidifiers available in the market. Apart from finding the right model for your home, you must also focus your attention on where you place your humidifier in the room. Whether you place a humidifier in your bedroom, living room, kids’ room, or any other small room; the right humidifier placement is crucial to maintain the relative humidity levels.
In this article, we will discuss in detail why you must pay attention to getting the humidifier placement right, and the impact of where you place your humidifier on the air moisture. Let us get started!
Does it matter where you put humidifier?
Yes! It certainly matters where you place a humidifier in your bedroom, living room, or any other small room or large room. You can experience the benefits of using a humidifier only by using it correctly.
Where you put a humidifier in your bedroom can decide how much moisturized air circulates in the room. An already moist environment or a room with excess moisture will need the humidifier to be placed appropriately or turned On only when required. Similarly, a dry air environment that does not have enough moisture and needs the help of a humidifier to add moisture to the air will look forward to a centralized positioning of the humidifier.
A warm mist humidifier cannot be placed in the same spot as a cool mist humidifier. This is because of the hot water tank in warm mist humidifiers which are a burn hazard. While using a humidifier in your kids’ room there are more cautious measures to be undertaken, especially with a warm mist humidifier that has a hot water tank and a tray underneath.
Apart from safety reasons, where you put a humidifier in your bedroom will decide on the effectiveness of maintaining the desired humidity levels. When you place your humidifier in the right position after careful estimation, you can prevent adding too much moisture to the air and ensure that the air moisture is maintained as required.
Humidifier Placement Guide: Our Answers To Commonly Asked Questions
When you place your humidifier in a room, you must pay attention to the factors that not just increase the efficiency and performance, but also to other safety measures that must be paid attention to. Here are some points to remember when you place a humidifier in its location.
* Electrical outlets:
A water-rich environment comes with disadvantages when it has electrical wiring beside it. You must place the humidifier at a safe distance from any outlet that can start electrical fires. Making the best use of any water-resistant material to keep short-circuiting and water logging away is recommended.
* Humidifier size and electronic appliances
You must select the right size of humidifier and place it also in the right spot. Portable units and any compact humidifier are easy to keep in any nook and corner of a living room or bedroom. However, even while placing a portable humidifier to maintain the desired humidity levels of space, you must avoid putting the unit next to other electronic appliances.
When you put your humidifier next to other appliances it can result in damaging them. As you set your humidifier to distribute vapors evenly, any appliance that is in close quarters to it will be affected by the damp environment that is created. Unlike an air conditioner, cold mist humidifiers are capable of producing a cloud of white dust as a result of the mineral deposits from tap water. It is therefore advisable to only use distilled water inside the water tank of a cool mist humidifier, warm mist humidifier, evaporative humidifier, or ultrasonic humidifier.
Irrespective of whether you have a portable humidifier or a whole-house humidifier, you must remember to place your humidifier away from sunlight. When you put a humidifier, that has enough moisture content in it under sunlight, the damp environment is going to support bacterial growth eventually in the tray underneath.
Bacteria growing in a water tank humidifier is hazardous to health. The tray underneath the humidifier must be scrubbed and kept clean to prevent mold growth, mold spores, and bacterial growth. You must keep the humidifier clean at all times to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
* Radiators and Air vents
Another point to remember is to never place a humidifier near a radiator or air vents. When you put your humidifier near a radiator or vent, or any other heat source you will obtain a faulty humidity reading. Humidifiers that have built-in hygrometers will produce low humidity readings. This is due to the low-humidity air coming out of the vent.
In order to compensate for this error, the unit will produce excess water vapor. The best way to avoid this from happening is to place your humidifier in a central position, away from heat sources.
Where to put humidifier in nursery?
Like any other room, where you place a humidifier in a kids’ room is important, especially because children can accidentally knock over any equipment. In order to maintain the ideal preferred humidity levels you must consider various parameters before you purchase the right humidifier for the child’s room. The size of the room and the size of the humidifier makes all the difference.
Depending on the size of the room and the number of children sleeping or staying in the room, you just invest in the humidifier’s capacity. This will determine if the room needs a small humidifier or a large humidifier. Investing in a water-resistant material, a quiet humidifier, and a portable humidifier, and keeping it away from direct sunlight is important. Too much mist or too much moisture added to the room will lead to a water-rich environment. This will promote mold spores and mold growth. In order to prevent adding excess moisture, find models that come with Automatic humidistat controls.
Cold mist humidifiers with distilled water are another priority of a baby room. A warm mist humidifier with boiling water in its water tank is a burn heard. It can even start electrical fires if your child happens to accidentally knock over the unit.
Remember to place the unit at a distance of 3 feet or more away from the crib or the bed. This will provide adequate airflow to the low-humidity air without adding excess moisturized air. Ample airflow, adjustable and monitored humidity readings, and the right placement is what your baby’s room requires to keep away dry air, dry skin, and other allergies.
Where to put humidifier in bedroom?
Where you place a humidifier in the bedroom makes all the difference in helping you have a relaxed and peaceful sleep. If you place your humidifier too close to your bed it can aggravate allergy flare-ups. You must find the right place for your unit, whether it is a small humidifier or a large humidifier (depending on the humidifier’s capacity).
Using a humidifier in the bedroom at a distance of 3 feet from the bed is considered the safest spot. You must remember to tuck away electrical cords or other items that can cause an accident. Allergies from white dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, etc., can be relieved by using a humidifier at night.
On the contrary, if you put your humidifier too close to the bed it will lead to mold spores and mold growth as a result of adding too much moisture. You must put your humidifier in a spot where there is ample airflow to distribute the moisturized air evenly. Humidifiers are not equipped to have an even distribution of the added water vapor (unless you set it to), like an air conditioner, and therefore some help is essential.
Where should you put plant humidifier?
It is recommended to put a humidifier near the plants. This will ensure the houseplants have healthy relative humidity levels for them, which is ideally 70% to 80%. You must neither put a humidifier too close to the plants and add moisture in excess nor should you keep it away. Placing the unit in a position of ample airflow and in close proximity to the plants will meet the required humidity levels.
Where to put humidifier in apartment?
Finding a permanent central position for the humidifier is the best solution to have effective control over the humidity levels across the apartment. Remember to meet other parameters, like keeping the unit away from direct sunlight, investing in a quiet humidifier for silent operation, and purchasing the right humidifier size with a large water tank capacity or a small tank to meet the humidification needs adequately. The central position must be a few feet above the ground and carpets to keep away spills and water stagnation.
Most advanced models of humidifiers have 360-degree rotatable mist nozzles that can disperse the vapors evenly. This makes it easy to add moisture to the dry air and keeps away other symptoms of low humidity levels like dry skin, dry throat, itchy eyes, chest congestion, etc. Advanced humidifiers also have features to constantly monitor the moist environment to prevent adding excess moisture to the dry air.
Cool mist humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers are the ideal choices. These units when filled with distilled water will keep the space filled with enhanced air quality, moisture, and also with the ideal humidity level; without having white dust getting dispersed in the air.
1. Should humidifiers be placed high or low?
Keeping the humidifiers at a slightly elevated position is recommended. This will keep away electrical wires out of the way to prevent tripping hazards. A humidifier when placed at a few feet above the ground level will ensure the carpets and flooring are not filled with dampness when they add moisture to the environment.
Excess moisture in the flooring and carpets will soon lead to mold formation when left unattended. It is therefore suggested to keep the humidifier always in a higher position. It is also a matter of safety in units that have boiling water in them.
2. Is It Safe to Sleep with a Humidifier in Your Bedroom?
Yes. You can sleep in a bedroom that has a humidifier turned On. It is strongly advised to discuss this with your physician before you do this to rule out any complications. Sleeping in a room with a humidifier turned On will add moisture to the space. It can help to relieve chest congestion, stuffy nose, blocked nasal passages, and other side effects of a low humidity level.
Those struggling with snoring will also benefit from using a humidifier that can promote peaceful and undisturbed sleep. It is crucial to have models that have Automatic models to turn Off the unit when the tank is empty. Ultrasonic humidifiers even have a built-in adjustable humidistat that can monitor the existing humidity level even the room and maintain the moisture addition.
3. Should humidifier be facing you?
Do not put a humidifier to face you directly or very close to you. Place a humidifier a few feet away from you, irrespective of whether it is a small room or a large living room. Keeping a humidifier to face you directly is going to increase the difficulty to breathe, increase infections if there are allergens growing in the tray underneath, lead to humidifier fever from inhaling the white dust from tap water mineral deposits, and even a burn risk if they use hot water.
4. Does a humidifier make room colder or hotter?
Whether it is your living room, bedroom, or any room where you put a humidifier can either feel hotter or cooler. How a humidifier makes a room feel will depend on the humidity levels. It can either make the space cool or hotter depending on the existing humidity levels of the place. A high humidity level can create the impression of higher temperature, and a low humidity air coming can make it feel cooler.
It is therefore important to balance the humidity levels accurately to maintain the desired and healthy humidity and temperature.
5. Where to put large humidifier?
Unlike portable units that are smaller and easier to move around the place of one’s choice, a larger humidifier is difficult to keep shifting and can benefit from a more permanent spot. You can place a humidifier that is larger in a corner. This will be out of the way, keep away tripping hazards, and can also get even coverage in moisture addition.
With this, we have reached the end of the article. We trust the article helped you to understand where to place a humidifier for the best maintenance of humidity levels and moisture addition. Share with us in the comments below where you place a humidifier in your bedroom or living room and how it the humidifier placement improves or inhibits moisture addition.
About The Author
Olivia — a self-confessed air quality addict — is a home climate enthusiast, fresh air advocate, and someone with deep personal experience and knowledge about mold extermination. Her work was mentioned in countless notable humidity publications. Previously she was an editor at Mold Remediation.