A guide to humidification

Humidifiers work to put moisture back in the air. The device emits water vapor into a space to increase the level of humidity. Humidifiers have been in use for decades. The traditional way to humidify a room is to place a pot or jar of water to your radiator and allow the moisture to naturally evaporate into the air. Nowadays humidifiers are power by electricity to provide a lot more convenience and ease-of-use.

 

How does a humidifier work?

All humidifiers work with a built-in or detachable water tank that can be filled with tap or mineral water. On the inside, solid water is converted into vapor by ultrasonic or evaporation. Traditional humidifiers work with hot steam (like a water kettle). The main disadvantages of this principle is that it consumes a lot of energy and is unsafe: hot steam from boiling water can cause serious burn injuries.

 

 

Ideal indoor humidity levels can vary but the ideal levels of humidity for your living space is between 40- and 60%. Especially in winter times when the central heating is turned up, humidity levels can drop below 30%.

 

Ultrasonic humidification

Ultrasonic humidifiers contain a small metal plate that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. These ultrasonic sounds are inaudible to humans, but they’re capable of breaking water particles from the humidifier’s built-in reservoir apart into a cool vapor. The device then emits this fine mist into the air, instantaneously distributing humidity throughout the room.

 

Advantages Disadvantages
• Safe, cold mist • Spreading of mineral/scale dust*
• Rapid humidity increase • Calcification and bacterial growth*
• No filter replacement • Regular maintenance*
• Silent operation • No humidity indication
• Low energy consumption

* = TAG comes with an anti-scale & antibacterial cartridge that reduces the amount of calcification inside the water tank and on the ultrasonic membrane. It will also prevent the spread of “white” dust around the device.

 

Evaporative humidification

An evaporative humidifier uses a filter to draw water out of the reservoir. A fan blowing over the filter lets the air absorb moisture. The higher the relative humidity, the harder it is to evaporate water from the filter, which is why this type of humidifier is self-regulating — as humidity increases, the humidifier’s water-vapor output naturally decreases.

 

Advantages Disadvantages
• Filter to remove scale and bacteria • Filter replacement costs
• Self-regulating system • Louder operation due to fan
• Low maintenance

 

Why do I need an air humidifier?

For many people, a dry indoor climate due to low humidity causes a variety of discomforts and health issues: from increased risk of colds and flu to dry skin. Especially in cold winter months, humidity levels can drop below 30% which also makes it easier for viruses and bacteria to survive.

 

 

Benefits of using a humidifier

 

  • Dry air causes dry air passages which can cause throat irritation and unpleasant breathing. Especially for babies and young children, where the lungs have not been properly developed yet, it provides comfort and ease during the night.
  • It helps healing faster. Whether it be a cold, asthma, or allergies, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages lubricated, which helps speed up the healing process when you’re under the weather.
  • All humidifiers can be used aromatherapy to create additional benefits such as cold relieving (eucalyptus), relaxing (lavender) and insect repelling (citronella).
  • Properly humidified air offers a lot of comfort benefits and prevent symptoms such as dry lips, stringing eyes, skin irritation, nosebleeds and static electricity;
  • A good humidity level (40-60%) relieves headaches, fatigue and lack of concentration;
  • Humidifiers are also great for pets, wooden furniture/floors and indoor plants;
  • Portable humidifiers (TAG, SPHERE) can be easily switched from room to room;