Humidifier Placement

The Best Location to Place Your Humidifier at Home

You may be wondering how to humidify a room effectively through optimal placement of your whole room humidifier. Good news: humidifier placement is a key step in maximizing the benefits of adequate levels of humidity. 

In the following blog post, we will answer the following questions:

  • Where to put a humidifier in the bedroom?
  • Where to put a humidifier for a living room space?
  • What are the most important placement factors when deciding where to place a humidifier?
  • How do you identify the type of humidifier you own?
  • Where is it best to place your humidifier: on the floor or on the table?

Placement Factors to Consider

When choosing the best location to place your humidifier, there are a few factors to consider, which include: highest concentration of activity, room size, proximity to objects, proximity to windows, and safety for you and your family. 

Once you have reviewed and assessed the following placement factors, you can confidently place your humidifier in the best location for optimal health and wellness benefits. 

Highest Concentration of Activity

Place your humidifier with consideration for proximity to objects.

First and foremost when choosing where to put a humidifier, you need to determine where the highest level of activity is in your home; in other words: where do you (or the individual for which this humidifier is intended) spend the most time? Using this strategy to determine humidifier placement will allow you to maximize the efficiency of your humidifier device whether you use your humidifier for the living room, your bedroom, or your child’s nursery. 

While choosing where to put a humidifier is most efficient when determined by concentration of activity in your home, you could also place your humidifier in a room or location where you most need humidity. You can use a hygrometer, which can easily be found on Amazon or any home goods store, to survey the humidity levels of your home. If an entire room or section of your home has less than 40% humidity, you need to place a whole room humidifier in that particular area to ensure the maximum benefits of optimal humidity levels.

Room Size

Now that you have determined where to put a humidifier in your home with regards to rooms or sections of your home, you now need to determine the appropriate whole room humidifier size for your unique space. 

If you established that you need a humidifier for the living room, you need an approximate square footage of that particular room. The same goes for any other room in which you choose to place your humidifier. You will then need a humidifier with sufficient output that matches the size of your room. For instance, if you have a whole room humidifier in your bedroom of 425 square feet, you will need a humidifier with at least 425 square foot output. 

Canopy Humidifier has a 500 square foot output, which means that it will effectively humidify a room with 500 square feet or less. 

Proximity to Objects

Let’s say you decided that your whole room humidifier needs placement in your bedroom; now you need to decide where to put a humidifier in the bedroom. It is incredibly important to assess the layout of the room and take into consideration any objects that surround your desired humidifier placement location. 

Traditional humidifiers expel mist from the device, which can settle on surfaces or objects in its path. For that reason, when choosing where to place a humidifier, it is best to avoid electronics, wood fixtures, wood objects or decor, or any other object that could be damaged from moisture. In addition, it is best to place your humidifier in a location with sufficient space between your bed, curtains, or any other fabric-laden item that could grow mold from exposure to moisture. 

Canopy Humidifier provides a different humidifying experience than traditional humidifiers. Canopy is a no mist humidifier that fans pure, hydrated air into your room so you can virtually place your Canopy Humidifier anywhere you have space. No mist means no mess and no potential for mold on surfaces and adjacent fabric or furniture. 

Proximity to Windows

Don't place your humidifier next to a window to prevent algae buildup.

Another factor to consider when selecting where to place a humidifier is proximity to windows. Placing a traditional humidifier next to a window creates the potential for algae growth in the water tank; it is best to place traditional humidifiers away from direct sunlight or high indirect sunlight to avoid bacteria and microorganisms from growing and spreading into the mist expelled from your device. 

Canopy Humidifier is a no-mold humidifier with innovative technology that actually stops mold from growing in your water tank. UV lights embedded in the device kill 99.9% of bacteria and microorganisms while disposable paper filters capture any remaining bacteria from entering the hydrated air stream. 


Lastly, and certainly one of the most important factors to consider when deciding where to place a humidifier in your home is safety. If you have an infant, a small child, or a rambunctious pet, it is imperative to consider the safest place to place a humidifier that could not be knocked over or pulled down.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), cool mist humidifiers are the only safe way to humidify a room when children are present. Warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers are considered a burn hazard since a curious child could touch the heated water tank or pull the humidifier device down from a shelf and spill boiling water on their hands or face. 

What Type of Humidifier Do I Own?

Now that you know how to humidify a room most effectively through device placement, we want to provide a brief refresh on the types of whole room humidifiers and how they work to humidify a room. 

There are two key categories of humidifiers: cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers. 

Cool Mist Humidifiers

Cool mist humidifiers release cool mist from the device to slightly cool a room and achieve optimal levels of humidity. There are two subtypes of cool mist humidifiers: evaporative humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers. 

Evaporative Humidifier

An evaporative humidifier draws air from the room into the device and passes the air through a moistened wick adding moisture to the air molecules and fanning a cooled mist back into the room. 

Canopy Humidifier is a no mist evaporative humidifier that releases pure, hydrated air back into the room rather than a cool mist like traditional evaporative humidifiers. 

Ultrasonic Humidifier

An ultrasonic humidifier is the most popular type of humidifier. The ultrasonic humidifier works by vibrating a metal diaphragm at sonic speed and releasing the water from the water tank into the room as a fine mist. 

Warm Mist Humidifier or Vaporizer

A warm mist humidifier, otherwise known as a vaporizer, is a device that releases warm mist from the device with the potential to slightly elevate room temperature. A vaporizer works by boiling water to create water vapor, which is fanned into the room. 

Is it Best to Place a Humidifier on the Table or on the Floor?

Is it best to place your humidifier on a table or the floor?

When determining where to place a humidifier, you may wonder whether you should place it on the table or the floor. The simplest answer to this question is: if your humidifier is intended to be placed on the floor, then you should put it on the floor otherwise you should place your humidifier on a table. 

To provide further detail: some humidifiers are designed for floor use, and typically harbor wheels, a larger footprint, and safety features that either prevent spills or catch spills from the water tank. If the humidifier you purchased or intend to purchase is designed for floor use, you can safely place this humidifier on the floor. 

If, however, you have a traditional humidifier or a Canopy Humidifier, it is best to place your humidifier device on the table with consideration of the aforementioned placement factors.