Holmes Cool Mist Humidifier

Did you know that heating your house decreases the amount of moisture in the air and that in so doing it makes you more susceptible to illnesses and the common cold?  This is because our bodies, which are water based, require water and moisture to work effectively.  When we reduce the moisture in the air we are breathing in we are depriving our bodies of what it needs to keep us healthy.

One way to combat this depletion of moisture during the winter months is through the use of a humidifier.  Humidifiers work by replacing the moisture to the air that the heating system removes.  There are a couple of different kinds of humidifiers produced by the Holmes company.  We will focus on the Cool Mist Humidifier.

There are two types of cool mist humidifiers.  They are evaporative and ultrasonic.  Cool Mist Humidifiers tend to lower the temperature in a room slightly due to the release of the cool water mist.  These types of humidifiers typically run a little more noisily than the warm mist humidifiers.  Cool mist humidifiers come in all different sizes.  They range from small portable units to large floor units to units which are attached to a home’s heating duct work.

Holmes recommends that you replace the filter every 4-8 weeks or whenever the filter turns a brown color.  Some humidifier units are equipped with a Filter Check system which will indicate when the filter needs to be changed.  The filters need to be replaced and the units cleaned regularly due to the growth of bacteria which the water can encourage. 

When deciding to purchase a humidifier for your home you must consider brands, size and purpose needed, as well as the pros and cons of each type of humidifier available.  If you still are not sure which type you should purchase, talk to your doctor or pharmacist they will be able to help you make the best decision for you and your family.