Regulating the humidity level in your home is important for all the family members — even more so for children. Choosing a humidifier for a child’s room is somewhat more complicated, since safety poses a larger issue. The optimal level of humidity in homes ranges between 30 and 50 percent.
Anything lower than 30 percent can dry out the sinuses and nasal passages and actually make viruses and bacteria even more potent. While a whole-house humidifier is the best option for even and controlled humidity throughout the home, children sometimes can benefit from an increased amount in their bedrooms while they’re sleeping or resting, especially when they’re experiencing respiratory problems.
The three choices for portable humidifiers include cool mist, warm mist and vaporizers, and each has distinct advantages and disadvantages.
Within this category, you can choose from those that evaporate water into the air using a wick or filter (or by using an impeller that spins fine water droplets into the air). A completely different type uses ultrasonic technology to “vibrate” the water into the air. Of the three, the ultrasonic devices are quieter. Although, many parents report that a humidifier for a child’s room doesn’t need to be whisper-quiet for sound sleeping.
Some pediatricians don’t recommend warm mist humidifiers because they use heating elements that heat the water and pose safety risks. If you choose one that has a setting for cool or warm mist, you can use the cool mist setting when the child occupies the room and the warm mist setting to increase the level when the child is away.
A vaporizer creates steam. As such, it carries the same safety hazards as a warm mist device. While they increase the humidity quickly, and some dispense cough and cold medications, their use around children is discouraged.
To learn more about maintaining healthy indoor humidity levels and finding the right humidifier for a child’s room, please contact us at Gartner Heating & Cooling. We’ve provided exceptional HVAC and indoor air quality services for homeowners in Chicago and its northern suburbs since 1985.
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