Humidifiers vs. Vaporizers: Which Is Best For Your Family?

humidifier(BlackDoctor.org) — It’s getting colder outside, and you’ve been weighing your options for the safest ways to keep your home warm and comfortable.

But before you plug anything in, it may help to have some basic information about some differences in home heating appliances, so that you can select the best choices for both you and your family.

Humidifiers vs. Vaporizers: Is There A Difference?

A humidifier is a device that blows cool to lukewarm mist (vapor) into the air to increase humidity (moisture) in a room. A vaporizer is a device that releases a cool to hot mist into the air to help increase humidity or to help with breathing.

These devices tend to be used when a person is sick or when air in the house is dry (low indoor humidity). When a person’s skin and mucous membranes are dry, the dryness can aggravate an illness of the head, neck, or chest. Or it can lead to chapped lips, a dry throat, or dry and itchy skin. Mist therapy with one of the devices can help provide relief.