So, you’re choosing a humidifier for bedroom use. More specifically: large bedroom use. How do you go about choosing the best humidifier for bedroom purposes while being cognizant of space, decor, and ease of use?
The best humidifiers for a large bedroom have a high output, long run time, and a small footprint. Before we dive into the nitty gritty details, let’s refresh: what is a humidifier and what are the benefits?
What is a Humidifier?
A humidifier is a device designed to elevate the moisture content, known as humidity, of indoor air. A humidifier works by either drawing in air from the surrounding room and fanning hydrated air back into the space or by dispersing moisture into the air through ultrasonic vibrations.
The Types of Humidifiers
There are two categories of humidifiers, which include cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers. Each humidifier category has a bevy of benefits and is intended for a specific, unique purpose.
Cool Mist Humidifiers
There are two types of cool mist humidifiers: ultrasonic humidifiers and evaporative humidifiers. Both ultrasonic humidifiers and evaporative humidifiers disperse cool mist into the surrounding environment to elevate moisture content. This category of humidifier has little effect on room temperature, though they may very slightly cool a warm room.
Cool mist humidifiers are the best humidifiers for small children and pets, and are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for a home or nursery humidifier.
Warm Mist Humidifiers
Warm mist humidifiers, also known as vaporizers or steam humidifiers, disperse steam into a room by boiling water. The steam released into the surrounding room is slightly elevated in temperature and can effectively warm a cold room.
The Benefits of Using a Humidifier
There are many benefits of using a humidifier for bedroom and home purposes. Maintaining a humidity level in your home between 40% and 60% can improve your health, the health of your family, and the health of your home.
Using a humidifier for bedroom and home humidifying can provide the following benefits:
- Relieving nasal congestion
- Alleviating dry or scratchy throat and cough
- Reducing the symptoms of the common cold
- Killing airborne viruses including COVID-19
- Improving allergy and asthma symptoms
- Improving dry, itchy, and irritated skin and lips
- Improving dry, itchy, and flaky scalp
- Improving the visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving the health and lifespan of your houseplants
- Reducing static electricity buildup in your home
- Improving the health of your wood furniture and flooring
What is the Best Humidifier for a Large Bedroom?
When choosing the best humidifiers for your large bedroom, there are 3 factors to carefully consider: output, run time, and footprint. The best humidifier for bedroom purposes has a high output, a long run time, and a small footprint.
Humidifier output refers to the total space a particular humidifier device can effectively hydrate. A humidifier with a low output will hydrate a smaller space, while a humidifier with a high output can hydrate a larger space.
When choosing the best humidifier for bedroom use, especially a larger bedroom, you want a device with a high output. Depending on the square footage of the bedroom you would like to humidity, you will need a device with comparable output.
Long Run Time
Humidifier run time refers to the total amount of time your humidifier can operate before you will need to refill the water tank. Some humidifiers have a small water tank requiring more frequent tank refills while other humidifiers have a large tank that requires refills every other day or every few days depending on frequency of use.
The best humidifiers for your large bedroom will have a longer run time, since the humidifier will require more water to effectively hydrate your space.
When choosing the best humidifiers for a large bedroom, the last thing you want is a clunky device that takes up a significant chunk of your spacious room. High output and long run time does not need to mean a large, bulky humidifier. The best humidifier for rooms with a larger square footage have a small footprint, with high operational efficiency.
The Canopy Humidifier
Canopy Humidifier is the perfect humidifier for bedroom purposes, whether large, small or somewhere in between. Canopy is an evaporative humidifier with maximum operational efficiency and unique, anti-mold technology. With a 500 square foot output and 36 hours of run time, you can spend less time refilling your device's water tank and more time enjoying the positive benefits of elevated humidity. The Canopy Humidifier dishwasher safe components also save you time, energy, and frustration to keep you relaxed while the elevated moisture works its magic.
Canopy Humidifiers are small and mighty weighing in at 3lbs with 10” x 7” x 8.5” dimensions. The small footprint and sleek, white design of the Canopy Humidifier makes for a nightstand friendly companion that looks good and occupies a fraction of your space.
Tips for Buying a Humidifier for a Large Bedroom
The process of buying a humidifier for bedroom use can be a daunting yet exciting process. The prospect of perfect home humidity levels, especially paired with the ample benefits of optimal humidity levels as listed above, can make anyone antsy with anticipation.
There are a few, important questions to ask yourself when choosing the best humidifier for bedroom purposes.
Why Do You Need a Humidifier in Your Home?
This question may seem overly simplistic, but knowing the primary and secondary purposes of your humidifier-to-be can help narrow your search.
Do you need to elevate home humidity levels for your newborn? Do you need to elevate humidity levels during the dry, harsh temperatures of the winter months? Or, did your doctor recommend elevating your home humidity levels to improve your allergy or asthma symptoms?
The best humidifiers for babies and pets, as mentioned above, are cool mist humidifiers for safety reasons. Vaporizers or steam humidifiers can effectively warm a large room during the winter months, though they are a hazard to small children and pets. With health concerns as severe as allergy and asthma symptoms, you need a humidifier with anti-mold technology.
Make note of your home situation to determine your humidifier requirements.
What is the Square Footage of Your Room?
The next step in the process of shopping for the best humidifier for room use is to determine the square footage of the room you would like to humidify.
Whether you get out your tape measure and measure your room the old fashioned way, or you review your home blueprints, you need a rough square footage number. This number is the key to determining just how much output you need to humidify your large bedroom space.
Where Will You Place Your Humidifier?
If you have a rough idea of where you would like to place your humidifier for maximum humidity benefits, you can work backwards to determine how large of a humidifier you can fit in your designated space.
The best humidifiers will not impair the feng shui of your home, but rather enhance your home decor and mesh nicely with your existing home style.
How Much Humidifier Maintenance Can You Handle?
Arguably one of the most important questions to consider during your humidifier shopping process is: “just how much humidifier maintenance can you handle with your current schedule?”Cleaning your humidifier is an imperative component of humidifier ownership. A dirty humidifier can breed mold and bacteria that, if inhaled, can be hazardous to your health. If cleaning your humidifier sounds like a daunting chore, you may want to invest in a humidifier that is easy-to-clean. Or, if you don’t mind a white vinegar deep clean once a week, then you can opt for a traditional ultrasonic or evaporative humidifier.