Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

whats the difference...humidifirs?

whats the difference between a warm mist one and a cool mist one? i know a warm mist is good for if u have a cold and stuff..but what are they both good for?

Answer Question

Asked by angelairelan at 7:21 PM on Jan. 1, 2010 in General Parenting

Level 12 (675 Credits)
Answers (3)
  • They both add moisture to the air which makes the mucus membranes softer which makes breathing, sleeping and just being a little easier. A warm one can also make it harder to breathe because the heat will constrict airways, a cool one helps in all situations. In the winter it is best to use a cool one to offset the dryness of having heat on.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 7:23 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • The warm one is a breeding ground for germs so stay away from it. Stick with the cool air one. If you need warm air use temp warm air like the steam of a shower to break up coughs such as a croup cough.

    Answer by admckenzie at 7:25 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • You are talking about a vaporizer to begin with. A humidifier is to put moisture in the entire house and is usually attached to your furnace or is in your basement. A vaporizer is used in a room to add moisture especially for someone who has a cold or asthma. The only difference between a cool mist and a warm mist is that a warm mist is that it may cause burning if the water is spilled on the child. My doctor always said to use a cool mist vaporizer.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:27 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.