When selecting a humidifier, you should know that there are there are three main types that exist. These are the tabletop, console and in-duct humidifiers, and they have different advantages and disadvantages when it comes to noise levels, efficiency and convenience. You should also consider how big the space you need to humidify is, and any budgetary constraints you might have. Below, we’ll go through some of the different types of humidifiers available on the market.
Tabletop humidifiers are the smallest versions available on the market. They are often portable and are lightweight, but they are only suitable tor humidifying a single room, as they have a smaller tank which means that they need to be refilled on a regular basis. Ultrasonic humidifiers emit water through the use of a vibrating nebulizer. Evaporative tabletop models have a small fan inside them which blows air over a moistened wick. Warm-mist evaporators heat the water to a boil, and then cool the steam to humidify the room. Impellers use a rotating disk to produce a mist. Each version will perform differently depending on the type.
Console humidifiers, by contrast, are larger than their tabletop counterparts. However, they can still be portable and are often on wheels. Because they are bigger, console humidifiers also produce more moist air, and can be used to humidify a whole house if necessary. It also means that it can unobtrusively be put in a room wherever it can be plugged in. It also has a larger tank than a tabletop humidifier, so it will need refills less frequently. Of course, the bigger size will also mean that it is a bit trickier to move around the house.
In-duct humidifiers are good for those who have a forced-air heating system in their house already, and just want to use the best humidifier. An in-duct humidifier connects to the air ducts and the water supply in a house. Usually, the humidifiers work because the air in the duct blows over a wet wick, which moistens the air that gets pushed through the vents. Some other variants of the humidifier also blow out a warm mist. In-duct humidifiers are usually quieter than other types of humidifier and do not require maintenance once they are set up. They are also relatively cheap to run, about $30 per year. (Compare this to the $350 or so you’d spend for four tabletop humidifiers). However, there is an upfront cost as they need to be professionally installed.