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What is the difference between a hot humidifier and a cold one? Thank you :)


Asked by Sarahedger at 11:41 AM on Nov. 21, 2008 in Health

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  • A humidifier releases cold moisture into the air, and a vaporizer releases steam into the air. Each has benefits: a humidifier doesn't get hot so there's no chance of anyone getting burned or scalded. A vaporizer boils the water, so there's less chance of any bacteria or mold growing in it. You can add things like eucalyptus oils to a vaporizer to alleviate cold and allergy symptoms also. If you go with a humidifier, be sure to be meticulous about the cleaning, and you'll be fine.

    Answer by jespeach at 3:43 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • I think the cold is recommended for children b/c it is safer not blowing out the hot steam and heating up the water.

    Answer by momoflilangel at 12:05 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • hot is for colds and cold is for everyday use... and child safety... i have 2 hot vaporizers in my home i use for bed rooms other wise i have a retractable clothes line that helps alot with humidity... GL...

    Answer by navywifemomkoch at 12:28 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • Thank you so much for your helpful reply!

    Answer by Sarahedger at 3:59 PM on Nov. 21, 2008