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Probably a stupid question but...

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What does a humidifier do? I know its a machine you fill with water and it blows out steam, but what does it do? Clean the air? And what's the difference in a humidifier and a vaporizer?

Sincerely, one uneducated mom
Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM
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mary841108
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

 it adds moisture to the air and a vaporizer does the same but you add Vicks or other menthol drops to it to sooth coughs

MamaRae85
by *you're on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

You've gotten the answer to your question, but here's another thing: Air that is more humid feels warmer. We like to keep a humidifier not just for when our son gets colds (he's too young for decongestants anyway), but also to make it more comfortable instead of turning the heat up.

The more you know! *star wipe* lol

calvinsmommy18
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM
puts moisture into your air, good for winters for your skin, some furnaces have their own humidifiers built in.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM
What if you put cold water in it?

Quoting MamaRae85:

You've gotten the answer to your question, but here's another thing: Air that is more humid feels warmer. We like to keep a humidifier not just for when our son gets colds (he's too young for decongestants anyway), but also to make it more comfortable instead of turning the heat up.

The more you know! *star wipe* lol

MamaRae85
by *you're on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Usually, it heats the water up anyway, so it'll get warmer. But you can get a cool-mist humidifier. It doesn't matter, though. It's not the steam, it's the way the humidity makes the temperature feel. Even if it's the same temperature, the water in the air will make it feel warmer.

Quoting Anonymous:

What if you put cold water in it?

Quoting MamaRae85:

You've gotten the answer to your question, but here's another thing: Air that is more humid feels warmer. We like to keep a humidifier not just for when our son gets colds (he's too young for decongestants anyway), but also to make it more comfortable instead of turning the heat up.

The more you know! *star wipe* lol



zoegirlsmom
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I live in Alabama, we have to use a whole house Dehumidifier to keep the humidity at a comfortable level in our house. It also reduces the occurrence of mold and allows for easier breathing.

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