FAQs

Can you use tap water in a humidifier?

Humidifier tablets are a convenient way to purify tap water for your humidifier and ensure it is safe to breathe in. While you can use tap water in a humidifier safely, there are some who prefer to use purified or distilled water for the machine.
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Can a diffuser be used as a humidifier?

Diffusers can be used as a humidifier. The method is simple. Add water to the diffuser and turn it on, with no essential oils added. It will have no scent but will still add moisture to the air. The catch is that you must run it longer to get the desired effect since the amount of steam coming out of the diffuser is less than a traditional humidifier would put out.
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Where to put a humidifier?

You want to place it where humidity can easily be distributed such as upstairs areas, living rooms and guest rooms. However, keep in mind that placing a humidifier near the heater could cause condensation problems. A cool consideration is that you'll also want a humidifier in your child's room during cold months. This will help your child sleep better while preventing severe nose and throat dryness. 
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Does a humidifier help with asthma?

When every breath seems more like a struggle, asthma can make life difficult. Keeping the environment in your home at the right humidity level may alleviate some symptoms and make it easier to enjoy everyday activities like working, cooking and playing with your children. Humidifiers can be used to maintain the humidity in your home, but they must be well-maintained or they may have the opposite effect.
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Does a humidifier help with a cough?

Dry air can cause your mucus to become thick and hard to break up. Using a humidifier will help moistures your throat and nasal passages to help break it up and relieve your cough. Warm-mist humidifiers tend to be the most soothing for coughs but if you have young children consider the cool-mist humidifiers to prevent burns if they get too close. If you have an asthma related cough, humidifiers are not recommended to help relieve your cough. 
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Does a humidifier help with congestion?

Humidifiers can help eliminate dry air in your home which can inflame the airways of your throat and nose. By using a humidifier it helps provide moisture in the air to relieve stuffy nose and break up mucus in your chest. They are also useful for relieving symptoms of cold and flu. Humidifiers are a great way to help congestion! 
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How does a humidifier work?

Humidifiers collect extra heat in the room and release it as vapor. They are used to raise the humidity level in your home. The main purpose of a humidifier is to help add moisture to the air. Humidifiers are good for eliminating chapped lips and dry skin. You want to always be sure when using a humidifier to not make your home too humid. 
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Can a humidifier make you sick?

Humidifiers are not designed to make you sick but primarily used to make you healthy. If you don’t clean your humidifier regularly (about every 3 days) it can breed dirt and microorganisms that can give you flu-like symptoms. If your humidifier has a filter you should consider changing it around every 3 months to prevent dirt and bacteria being released into the air. Be sure to replace the water often to help prevent bacteria from growing that could make you sick.
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Can you put essential oils in a humidifier?

It all depends on the type of humidifier. Cold air humidifiers work similar to diffusers and you may be able to add essential oils to it. However, essential oils can cause damage to your diffuser. The oils can collect in the humidifier and cause the plastic to break down. Some humidifiers include a spot for essential oils but always read the directions of your humidifier. If you really need to add essential oils to your diffuser, put a few drops on a cotton ball over the mister outlet.
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Does a humidifier help with allergies?

Does a humidifier really help with allergies? Humidifiers are great for relieving allergy, cold and flu symptoms. However, if your humidifier isn't cleaned properly it can actually worsen these symptoms. Allergy symptoms worsen when dry air enters your nasal passages so a humidifier can help add moisture into the air and help you skip scratchy nasal passages during the winter season.  If you have severe allergy symptoms you may benefit more from a cool-mist humidifier. 
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